Miscellaneous Gregg County, Texas Obituaries - 1999

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Olabell Abernathy
HUGHES SPRINGS - Services for Olabell Abernathy, 82, of Hughes Springs will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 2, 1999, at the Reeder-Davis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Pearce and the Rev. Mickey Rorex officiating. Burial will be in Hughes Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Abernathy died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, at her residence. She was born Jan. 17, 1917, in Gregg County, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hughes Springs. Mrs. Abernathy was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Abernathy on April 17, 1998; two sons, David Abernathy and Billy Abernathy; one daughter, Kathy Abernathy; one brother, Aubrey Franklin; and one sister, Bonnie Harrold. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Marshall W. "Neal" Abernathy Jr. and Luan of Richardson; five grandchildren, Tommy McClain, David McClain, Tracy Strauss, Loral Abernathy and Marisa Abernathy; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Hughes Springs First Baptist Church.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Orene Holman Amerson
AMARILLO, Texas - Services for Orene Holman Amerson, 71, of Amarillo will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel in Amarillo with Bill Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Amerson died Friday. She was a homemaker and the co-owner of Playmore Roller Rink. She was a member of the East Amarillo Church of Christ.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Charles C. Bennett
LITTLETON, Colo. - Services for Charles C. Bennett, 79, of Longview will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel Hill Mortuary in Littleton, Colo. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Mr. Bennett died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Longview. He was born Nov. 12, 1919, in Coffeyville, Kan. He was a Seaman First Class with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was retired from the L.A. County flood control. Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by a son, Robert C. Bennett and a daughter, Dana Bachman. Survivors include his wife, Elsie M. Bennett of Longview; daughter, Doris Dale of Udall, Kan.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Longview Cancer Center.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Bess Davis Cretsinger
Funeral services for Bess Davis Cretsinger, 90, of Hallsville will be held at noon Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Hallsville with the Rev. John Taylor, the Rev. David Massey and the Rev. Chuck Warnock officiating. Burial will follow in Hallsville Cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. Mrs. Cretsinger died Sunday afternoon at a local nursing home. She was born Feb. 13, 1908, in Hallsville, to Jeff Davis Sr. and Ellie Keasler Davis. She was a graduate of Hallsville High School and Baylor University. She spent most of her life as a teacher in Hallsville, retiring in 1967. Mrs. Cretsinger was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Hallsville and an active member of the Hallsville Cemetery Association. She was preceded in death by her husbands, J.O. Cretsinger and Gerald Hollis; her parents; three brothers; and a sister. Survivors include her sons, Bryan Hollis of Hallsville and Bob Hollis and wife, Clarenda, of Greenville, S.C.; grandchildren, Keith Hollis, Christie Trammel and Carter Hollis; sister, Flossie Neal of Beeville; great-grandchildren, Gerald Michael Trammel and Tyler Chase Trammel. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to Hallsville Cemetery Association.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

LeNora Deason French
CARTHAGE - Services for LeNora Deason French, 72, of Fort Worth, formerly of the Centennial community, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebonnett Hills Cemetery in Colleyville with Dr. Coy Quesenbury officiating. Arrangements are by Don Lipsey Funeral Home. Mrs. French died Sunday in Shreveport. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was a Baptist.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Ruby Allene Gentry
DAINGERFIELD - Services for Ruby Allene Gentry, 78, of Hughes Springs will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 2, 1999, at the South Union Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Neal Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery in Pittsburg, Texas, under the direction of Nail-Haggard Funeral Home. She was born Oct. 22, 1920, in Avinger and died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, in Linden. Ms. Gentry was a member of the South Union Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherry Allene Duck. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony "Bubba" and Alice Gentry of Mabank, Robert "Bobby" and Debbie Gentry of Daingerfield and Steve and Ada Gentry of Hughes Springs; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Jacob Jones
Services for Jacob Jones, 62, of Longview will be held at 11 a.m. today at the East Cotton Church of Christ with Brother Willie Ray Hill officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery under the direction of Craig Funeral Home. Survivors include his daughter, Lillian; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eark Jones; wife, Lillian Jones; eight stepchildren; nine brothers; and seven sisters.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Joe Carswell Jones
CARTHAGE - Services for Joe Carswell Jones, 93, of Carthage will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Jimerson Funeral Home Chapel with Al Neal officiating. Burial will be in Carthage City Cemetery. Mr. Jones died Monday morning at East Texas Medical Center. He retired as a field engineer from the Burroughs Corp. and was a member of the Church of Christ.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Evelyn Hall Moore
CARTHAGE - Graveside services for Evelyn Hall Moore, 82, of Garland, formerly of Panola County, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Gary Cemetery with the Rev. Ray Eastridge officiating. Arrange- ments are by Hawthorn Funeral Home. Mrs. Moore died Saturday in Rowlett. She was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church. She worked at J.C. Penney for many years.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Neil Myers
STARVILLE - Memorial services for Neil Myers, 57, of Starville, formerly of Longview, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Gladewater. Mr. Myers died Friday. He was self-employed and a Jehovah's Witness. Survivors include his wife, Linda Garner Myers; four daughters, Toni Upchurch, Teri Robertson, Tami Jewett and Trisha Mauer; one son, Timothy Myers; 12 grandchildren; one sister, Debbie Grogan; two aunts; nine nieces and nephews; and many cousins. The family will receive friends at Toni Upchurch's home.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Joe Berry Pyle
MARSHALL - Services for Joe Berry Pyle, 80, of Marshall will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Austin Street Chapel of the Sullivan Funeral Home with the Rev. Howdy Dawson, the Rev. Tom Hudspeth and Dr. Tommy Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Colonial Gardens. Mr. Pyle died Sunday. He was a veteran of World War II. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Clifton Wayne Pyle
KILGORE - Services for Clifton Wayne Pyle, 23, of Kilgore will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with the Rev. Mark Fried officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Cemetery. Mr. Pyle died Saturday. He was a 1995 graduate of Kilgore High School and attended the Universal Technical Institute of Houston. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Minnie Ellen Becker Reed
Minnie Ellen Becker Reed, 73, loving wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 1, 1999. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Cochran and Dr. Ray Tenpenny officiating. Burial will be in Rosewood Park Cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. Born Jan. 19, 1926, in DeQueen, Ark., she was a lifetime resident of Longview. She was an active member of the Macedonia Baptist Church and was a dedicated Christian. Mrs. Reed was a past Sunday school teacher and choir member. She was a current member of the Ruth Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Nola Becker of Texarkana. Survivors include her loving husband of 51 years, Doyle; three sons and daughters-in-law, Elmer and Beverly Reed of Montgomery, Texas, Terry Reed of Longview and David and Marsha Reed of Lindale; one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Dan Foster of Longview; 11 grandchildren; one aunt, Brooke and her husband, Frankie Lembo of Texarkana; and many loving friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Lester Savage
HENDERSON - Services for Lester Savage, 61, of Henderson will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Bryan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harbey Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park. Mr. Savage died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999 at his residence. He had lived in Rusk County since 1987 and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He fought in the Korean War and worked as a forklift operator for Stroh's. Mr. Savage is survived by his wife, Fonda Savage of Henderson; his mother, Alpha Akers of Centralia, Wash.; two sons, Ron Savage of Austin and Scott Savage of Longview; two stepsons, Damon and Darin Bassett, both of Henderson; five brothers, Floyd Savage of Rhododendton, Ore., Glen Savage of Beaver Creek, Ore., Harold Akers of Portland, Ore., David Akers of Portland, Ore. and Gary Akers of Centralia, Wash.; three sisters, Carol Mitchell of Portland, Ore., Romona Akers of Denver, Colo. and Debbie Main of Portland, Ore.; and nine grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Bob Grymier, Joe Wyatt, George Brady, G.W. Richburg, Vaughn Kee and Darin Bassett.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Addie Haisten Wilder
QUITMAN - Services for Addie Haisten Wilder, 90, of Quitman will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of the Chimes with the Rev. Curtis Grissett officiating. Burial will be in Quitman City Cemetery under the direction of Lowe Funeral Home. Mrs. Wilder died Sunday in Quitman. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a sales clerk for McDades Dry Goods.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Mary Edna Woods
PITTSBURG - Services for Mary Edna Woods, 58, of Ore City will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, with the Rev. Freeman Pierce officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. at Leesburg Cemetery in Leesburg under the direction of Erman Smith Funeral Home. Mrs. Woods died Jan. 30, 1999, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Born March 9, 1940, in Wagner, S.D., she had lived in the Pittsburg area for the past 23 years. She was a member of the New Hope Independent Baptist Church and was employed in food services by Diana schools. Ms. Woods was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Edna Woods. Survivors include her three sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Denise Lassen of Longview, Greg and Angie Lassen of Winnsboro and Donald and Ursula Lassen of Mount Pleasant; their father, Tom Lassen of Pittsburg; four brothers; seven sisters; and six grandchildren. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published Feb. 2, 1999]

Billy Hancock
KILGORE - Services for Billy Hancock, 39, of Gladewater will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at the Friendship Baptist Church in Gladewater with the Rev. Paul Rucker officating. He was born Feb. 29, 1960, and died April 17, 1999, at his home. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Gladewater.
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

J.M. Climer
KILGORE - Services for longtime Kilgore police chief, J.M. Climer, 87, of Kilgore will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dave Lawson officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery. Chief Climer died Monday afternoon. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Mary Timmins Jackson
MARSHALL - Graveside services for Mary Timmins Jackson will be held today, April 20, 1999, at noon at the Woodley Cemetery in Elysian Fields with the Rev. Howdy Dawson officiating. Arrangements are by Sullivan Family of Funeral Directors. Mary Jackson died Sunday, April 18, 1999, after a lengthy illness. A resident of Fort Worth since 1940, Mrs. Jackson was born Jan. 22, 1919, in Elysian Fields to Emory S. and Octavia Timmins. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. She was involved in the Clark Sunday School Class, Avant Gardners, Dedicated Designers, Wedgewood Garden Club, Pan American Round Table One, and a National Flower Show Judge. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Brent C. Jackson in 1998. Survivors include two brothers and their wives, Frank and Bonnie Timmins of Marshall and Dr. Emory S. and Lorell Timmins Jr. of Longview, and several nieces and nephews. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Rayford Tinkle
CARTHAGE - Services for Rayford Tinkle, 50, of Oklahoma City, Okla., will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Williams officiating. Burial will be in the County Line Cemetery. Mr. Tinkle died Saturday in Nacogdoches. He was a production engineer and was a avid fisherman. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Rudelle Bush Davis
NAPLES - Gravieside services for Rudelle Bush Davis, 91, of Omaha will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Omaha Cemetery with the Rev. Neal Thornburgh officiating. Arrangements are by Alexander Funeral Home. Mrs. Davis died Monday in Omaha. A lifetime resident of Omaha, she was a member of the Christian Church and the Disabled American Veterans. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Lola M. Coker
LEWISVILLE - Funeral services for Lola M. Coker, 65, of Lake Cypress Springs, formerly of Flower Mound, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 19, 1999, at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound with the Rev. Bob Walker officiating. Burial was in Flower Mound Cemetery under the direction of Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home. Mrs. Coker died Thursday, April 15, 1999, at her residence. Lola was born Aug. 24, 1933, in Abbott, Texas, to Togo and Emilie Kral Reed. She married George Coker April 22, 1954, in Oklahoma. Mrs. Coker was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Flower Mound and a past president of the Cypress Creek Ladies Golf Association. Lola was a partner in the Flower Mound Insurance Agency and former secretary of Corporate Insurance Agency of Texas, Inc. Survivors include her husband, George Coker of Lake Cypress Springs; two daughters, Karen M. Morton of Flower Mound and Wendy L. Coker of Longview; a sister, Tracy Ann Ernst of Denton; a brother, Jesse Ray Reed of West; and two granddaughters, Melissa Morton of Carrollton and Sabrina Morton of Lake Cypress Springs. The family requests memorials be made to the Nation Cancer Institute in Bethesda Maryland or to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, c/o Melanoma Research, 1515 Holcomb Blvd., Houston, TX 77030-4095. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Ivan Jozue Serna
Rosary and services for Ivan Jozue Serna, ten month old, of Longview will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 1999, at the Welch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Gonzalez officiating. Burial will follow in Grace Hill Cemetery. The infant passed away in a Shreveport hospital. He is survived by his mother, Maria Serna of Longview; grandparents, Paula Sanchez and Panfilo Turrbiartes and Alfredo Serna, all of Longview; great-grandparents, Salvador Sanchez and Candelaria Reyes Sanchez, Vincente and Cotilde Serna, all of S.L.P., Mexico; uncles, Antonio Serna, Juan Sanchez, Alfredo Serna, Gilbert Almazan, Antonio Almazan, Gerino Almazan, Enrique Serna; and aunts, Martha Almazan, Blasa Almazan, Luisa Sanchez, Juana Sanchez and Maria Rosario Serna. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Joe Nick Carter
Services for Joe Nick Carter, 92, of Longview, are 10 am Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at Welch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmie Barksdale officiating. Burial will follow in Grace Hill Cemetery. Mr. Carter died Monday, April 19, 1999, in a local hospital. He was born Jan. 16, 1907, to Travis and Etta Ragland Carter in Winnsboro. Mr. Carter was a member of Valley View Baptist Church and a resident of Longview since 1971, coming from Lufkin. He was owner of Mamie's Washeteria on N. Fourth Street. Mr. Carter was married to Mamie Wilson Carter on May 23, 1945, in Lovington, N.M. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert C. Carter on Jan. 7, 1998. Mr. Carter is survived by his wife, Mamie Carter; his daughter-in-law, Shirley Carter of Houston; granddaughter and husband, Cynthia and Van Richards of Houston; great-grandsons, Brian Evans Richards and Blake Robert Richards, both of Houston; sister, Vera Schults and Lois Kerney; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. The family will receive friends at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Lurlene Adams
Services for Lurlene Adams of Tatum will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. James F. Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Hill Cemetery under the direction of Craig Funeral Home. Survivors include three sons; five daughters; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Virgil Lee Creel
JEFFERSON - Graveside services for Virgil Lee Creel, 80, of Jefferson will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Berea Cemetery with Elder Carl Culpepper and Elder Forrest Tenbrook officiating. Arrangements are by Haggard- Heaster Funeral Home. Mr. Creel died Sunday, April 18, 1999, at his residence. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Robert Lee Snow
Funeral services for Robert Lee Snow, 89, of Longview will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Longview with the Rev. Steve Cochran and Buck Lineberger officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Houston under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home. Mr. Snow died Sunday night at a local hospital. Born Nov. 22, 1909, in Frankston, he had lived the last several years in Longview. He was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church and the East Gate Masonic Lodge #1153, A.F. and A.M. in Houston. He retired from U.S. Industries. Mr. Snow married Ora Dell Cook on Feb. 6, 1932, in Canton. Survivors include his wife, Ora Dell Snow of Longview; three nephews, Kenneth D. Herrington, Jack D. Herrington and Terry L. Herrington; and several other nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Ollie Mozell Van Houtin
Funeral services for Ollie Mozell Van Houtin, 64, of Longview will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at the Welch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J. Paul Silvey officiating. Burial will follow at Danville Cemetery. Mrs. Van Houtin was born Dec. 10, 1934, in Longview to John Lee Nix and Cora Mae Green Nix, and died Monday, April 19, 1999, at her home surrounded by her family. Survivors include her husband, Richard Van Houtin of Longview; four sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Annette Sadler of Denver, Colo., Fred and Esther Sadler of Austin, Robert and Shelly Sadler of Liberty City, Richard John Sadler of Longview; four daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Gene Vickers of Longview, Sandra and Tommy Noble of Union Grove, Kerry and Bill Bayless of Alexandria, La., and Cindy Stromen of South Carolina; grandchildren, Mike, Christy, Kelly Veronica, LaurenCandace, Fred, Mike, Megan, Kayla, 'L' Deb, Jeff, Aaron, Wendy, Maria, Jeremy, Cory, T.J., Greg, Josh and Tiffany; great-grandchild, Weldon. She has 6 great-grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, lots and lots of friends, and of course "Bonnie Marie." She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, J.L. Nix of Longview and Everett Nix of Salem, N.Y.; and one sister, Minnie Nix of Longview. Survivors include her sisters, Mary Whitter of Flower Mound and Geneva Stanley of Tatum; her brothers, Charles Royce Nix and James Nix of Longview. Pallbearers will be Michael Glenn Sadler, Frederick Lee Sadler, Bill Bayless Sr., Bill Bayless Jr., Scotty Stanley and Charlie Stanley. The family will receive friends 6 p.m. today at the f uneral home. The family would like to thank Hospice for taking such wonderful care of our Mom. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]

Vesta Stubblefield Roberts
Services for Vesta Stubblefield Roberts, 91, of Houston were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 1999, at the Parlor of Welch Funeral Home with Mr. W.D. Anderson officiating. Burial was in Kilgore Cemetery. Mrs. Roberts died Monday, April 5, 1999, at a Longview nursing home. She was born May 15, 1907, in Clark County, Ark. Mrs. Roberts was one of six sisters and two brothers, She had been a resident of Houston since 1955. She was a member of the Rice Temple Baptist Church, the National Association of Senior Friends, Billy Graham Foundation, Civic Rose Garden Club, Senior Citizen's Club, West University, Democratic Women's Association of West University. Mrs. Roberts was acknowledged by President and Mrs. Carter on her 80th birthday. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Imogene and Jack Florence of Kilgore; one son, James Leo Roberts of Houston; one sister, Gladys Nybert of Hot Springs, Ark.; granddaughter, Ida Penny Huey; two great-grandchildren, Bobby Jack and Mary Ruth Huey, all of Kilgore. 
[Published Apr. 21, 1999]


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