Miscellaneous Gregg County, Texas Obituaries - 1998

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Elexus Crosby
Services for baby girl Elexus Crosby of Longview will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rollins Church of Christ with Brother L.C. Bradley officiating. Arrangements are by Stanmore Funeral Home. Survivors include her mother, Veronica Crosby; her father, Obie Crosby; three brothers, Christopher Crosby, Cavarus Crosby and Cordney Oliver; a sister, Ashley Crosby; grandmothers, Julia Steins and Maxine Crosby; grandfather, Clark Crosby; and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Earl Alden Guidry
NEDERLAND - Services for Earl Alden Guidry, 88, of Port Neches, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Central Baptist Church of Port Neches with the Rev. Randy Blanton and Dr. David Broussard officiating. Burial will be in Oak Bluff Memorial Park under the direction of Pat A. Riley Funeral Home. Mr. Guidry died Friday. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Odette 'Cotton' Childress Guidry
NEDERLAND - Services for Odette "Cotton" Childress Guidry, 81, of Port Neches will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Central Baptist Church of Port Neches with the Rev. Randy Blanton and Dr. David Broussard officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park under the direction of Pat A. Riley Funeral Home. She died Sunday. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Doug Humble Sr.
KILGORE - Services for Doug Humble Sr., 87, of Kilgore will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with the Rev. Stephen Butts officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. today at the Lindale City Cemetery. Mr. Humble died Sunday in Kilgore. He was an aviation instructor during World War II and the former owner of East Texas Aviation Co. at Gregg County Airport.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Ethel McGee
PARIS - Services for Ethel McGee, 90, of Gladewater, formerly of Paris, Texas, were held Monday at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Spanhanks officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. McGee died Saturday at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview. Mrs. McGee was born, Feb. 4, 1908, in Elk City, Okla., to Dr. Joseph and Cora Pierce Ruff. She married Clifton B. McGee on June 11, 1926, in Lamar County. She was a member of the Spring Hill First Baptist Church and a former member of the First Baptist Church of Paris. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1966; a son, Richard McGee and a granddaughter. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Cantrell of Gladewater and Greer Sue Mantooth of Sherman; two sons, Dan McGee of Farmers Branch and Ned McGee of Dallas; a brother, Joseph Max Ruff of Paris, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Irene E. Oldham
Memorial services for Irene E. Oldham, 85, of Longview will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Lakeview Mausoleum Chapel with Chaplain Ron Barber officiating. She passed away Sunday afternoon in a local nursing home. Ms. Oldham was born Jan. 3, 1913, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She loved to bowl, was secretary of several leagues, and a member of the Woman's Bowling Association. She was an airplane pilot during the 1930's. Survivors include her cousins, Juanita Pacey, LaVeta Talbutt, Betty June Brooks, Verna Jean Oldham, Grace Hearn and Eula Mae Robertson. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Hospice of Longview.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Luke Player
Graveside services for Luke Player will be held at 1 p.m. today at Memory Park Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home. He died Sunday in Tyler. Mr. Player was born on Sept. 13, 1921, in Darlington, S.C. He was a car salesman in Gladewater, Dallas and Longview for 35 years and served in Merrill's Marauders during World War II. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Luan and Norman Green of Richardson; and three grandchildren, Trey, Timothy and Melissa Green. The family will meet at 808 Toler Court in Pine Tree after the service.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Robert Draven Powell
Graveside services for Robert Draven Powell, infant son of Angelia McCrary and Robert Powell, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeview Memorial Gardens under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. He was born and died Sunday in Longview. Survivors include brothers Damien and Ashton and sisters Tesla, Aneshia and Kyla.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Maxine Rose
PITTSBURG - Services for Maxine Rose, 89, of Poteet, Texas, formerly of Pittsburg, Texas, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Erman Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Matinburg Cemetery in Camp County with the Rev. Kyle Smith officiating. Mrs. Rose died Friday. She was a homemaker and mother. Visitation is 8-noon Wednesday at the funeral home. 
[Published March 17, 1998]

James M. Shott
GLADEWATER - Services for James M. Shott, 62, of Gladewater will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Croley Funeral Home Chapel in Gladewater with the Rev. Mike Edmonson officiating. Burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery. Mr. Shott died Sunday. He was a tool and die maker for Bell Helicopter until his retirement in 1995. Visitation is 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published March 17, 1998]

James M. Shott
GLADEWATER - Services for James M. Shott, 62, of Gladewater will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Croley Funeral Home Chapel in Gladewater with the Rev. Mike Edmonson officiating. Burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery. Mr. Shott died Sunday. He was a tool and die maker for Bell Helicopter until his retirement in 1995. Visitation is 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Donnie Tate Sportsman
HENDERSON - Services for Donnie Tate Sportsman, 87, of Henderson will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Henderson with the Rev. Jim Turley officiating. Arrangements are by Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. Mrs. Sportsman died Sunday. She was a retired Henderson school teacher and a member of the First United Methodist Church. 
[Published March 17, 1998]

Lavonia W. Stegall
GILMER - Services for Lavonia W. Stegall, 64, of Big Sandy will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Croley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. T.C. Weatherby officiating. Burial will be in Hoover Cemetery. She died Monday. Mrs. Stegall was a lifetime resident of Upshur County, a homemaker, and a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published March 17, 1998]

Richard Travis Van Cleve
SAN ANTONIO - Services for Richard Travis Van Cleve, 52, will be held at noon today at Dellcrest Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in San Jose Burial Park. He died Thursday. He is survived by his mother, Lola Van Cleve; brothers, James, Robert and David Van Cleve; nieces Kellie Harper and Loyce Van Cleve; and nephews Ken and Keith Shellaby and Robert, Eric and Jason Van Cleve.
[Published March 17, 1998]

George Clark Nelles
George Clark Nelles, 44, of Longview passed away Tuesday, March 17, 1998, in a local hospital. He was born Aug. 31, 1953, in Denton. He had been a resident of Longview since 1972 and was a musician. Mr. Nelles will be cremated under the direction of Welch Funeral Home. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. He is survived by his mother, Jane Nelles of Longview; a sister, Michele Lacy of Columbus, Ohio; and a nephew, Sean Lacy of Dallas. 
[Published March 18, 1998]

Lois M. Hill
Funeral services for Lois M. Hill will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Longview with the Rev. Jonathan Jehorek, Dr. W.D. O'Neal and the Rev. Scott Mackey officiating. Interment will be at the Elysian Fields Cemetery in Elysian Fields, Texas, under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. Mrs. Hill died Tuesday morning. She was born Dec. 9, 1906, in Collins, Miss., but lived in Texas most of her life. After graduating from Ballinger High School, she attended Sam Houston State University. She taught school in Waskom, Texas, for several years. Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her husband, Theron Hill. She is survived by one daughter, Betty Vaughan of Longview; one daughter and son-in-law, Margie and Jack Tompkins of Frankston; eight grandchildren, Johnny Vaughan and his wife, Peggy, and Scott Vaughan and his wife, Kelly, all of Longview, Gayle Barnes and her husband, Jeff, of Dallas, Gary Vaughan of Burnett, Mike Tompkins and his wife, Lisa, of San Antonio, Charlotte Lee of Tyler, Karon Hagood and her husband, Rock, of Colleyville and Kyle Tompkins of Red Lodge, Mont.; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
[Published March 18, 1998]

Theda Estelle Poe
DAINGERFIELD - Services for Theda Estelle Poe, 76, of Lone Star will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 18, 1998, at the Lone Star Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Monds and the Rev. Huey Bazer officiating. Burial will be in the Iron Bluff Cemetery in Lone Star under the direction of Nail-Haggard Funeral Home. Mrs. Poe was born Sunday, Oct. 2, 1921, in Pecan Gap, Texas. She died Monday, March 16, 1998, in Lone Star. She taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church in Arlington before moving her membership to Lone Star Baptist Church. She was a home missionary and helped establish the Southern Baptist Church in the northwest territory. She was retired from Dallas Baptist University, where she worked in the business office. Mrs. Poe is survived by her husband, Jack Poe of Lone Star; a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby Jack and Barbara Poe of Pasadena, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Jimmie and O.W. Johnston of Daingerfield; her brothers, Doy Skinner, Jim Mac Skinner and Jack Skinner, all of Childress, Bill Skinner of Quitman and Charles Skinner of Hereford; a sister, Lee Smith of Bonham; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
[Published March 18, 1998]

Odom Earl Nowlin
HENDERSON - Services for Odom Earl Nowlin, 62, of Tatum will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Tatum United Methodist Church wth the Rev. Larry Crider officiating and Juanite Jamerson providing music. Burial will be in Tatum City Cemetery under the direction of Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home. Mr. Nowlin, a retired electrician, died Tuesday. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published March 18, 1998]

Mary Rodgers Huey
HUGHES SPRINGS - Services for Mary Rodgers Huey, 50, of Naples will be held at 2 p.m. today at Norris S. Curry C.M.E. Church in Naples with the Rev. Q.T. Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Morning Star Cemetery in Naples under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home. Mrs. Huey, a homemaker, died Saturday in Tyler. She was born Sept. 10, 1947, in Cass County.
[Published March 18, 1998]

Harold Wayne Rester
MOUNT PLEASANT - Services for Harold Wayne Rester, 59, of Mount Pleasant were held at 11 a.m. Thursday at South Jefferson Baptist Church with Brother Tommy Oglesby, Brother Lloyd Cashion and Brother Doyle Rusk officiating. Burial was in Walnut Creek Cemetery in Diana, directed by Curry-Welborn Funeral Home. Mr. Rester, a truck driver and a Baptist, died March 10.
[Published March 18, 1998]

James N. Phenix Sr.
HENDERSON - Services for James N. Phenix Sr., 72, of Henderson will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Henderson with the Rev. Jere Wilson, the Rev. Bill Tisdale and Dr. Herbert H. Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park under the direction of Crawford A. Crim Funeral Home. Mr. Phenix, a trial lawyer, died Monday at a Tyler hospital.
[Published March 18, 1998]

William R. Cargile
SULPHUR, La. - Services for William R. "Bill" Cargile, 79, of Sulphur, La., will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 20, 1998, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sulphur, La., with Father Marice Linehan officiating, followed by graveside services at 4 p.m. in Rosewood Park Cemetery in Longview. Arrangements are under the direction of the Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home of Sulphur. Mr. Cargile died Wednesday, March 18, 1998, in Lake Charles, La. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Visitation is 5-10 p.m. today, March 19, at the funeral home and Friday at the church prior to services. A native of Copan, Okla., and a resident of Sulphur, La., Mr. Cargile retired from Cities Service as an administrative clerk after 35 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sulphur. He is survived by two sons, William C. Cargile of North Aurora, Ill., and Thomas L. Cargile of Sulphur, and four grandchildren.
[Published March 19, 1998]

Ellen McNeese
KILGORE - Graveside services for Ellen McNeese, 97, of Kilgore will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Kilgore Cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore. Mrs. McNeese died Tuesday in Kilgore. She was born Nov. 21, 1900, in Many, La. Survivors include three daughters, Louise Greer of Kilgore, Rachel Poston of Longview and Helen Mike of Hammond, La.
[Published March 19, 1998]

JoeAnna Norris
Services for JoeAnna Norris of Longview are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 1998, at the Welch Funeral Home Chapel with Buck Lineberger officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Norris died Tuesday at a local hospital. The family will receive friends at 6 p.m. Friday at Welch Funeral Home.
[Published March 19, 1998]

Johnny R. 'J.R.' Portley
Services for Johnny R. "J.R." Portley of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Longview, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at the St. Matthew C.M.E. Church of Wichita, Kan. Jackson Mortuary of Wichita is in charge of arrangements. Local arrangements are by Craig Funeral Home. Mr. Portley passed away Tuesday, March 17, 1998, after a lengthy illness. He was retired from Boeing Aircraft. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, David; his daughters, Jacinda "Nell" and Debra; and his sisters Leatha Colbert, Bernice Green, Lola Templeton and Deborah Portley, all of Longview, and by his sister Pearlie Johnson of Houston, and 11 grandchildren.
[Published March 19, 1998]

Roy W. Roundtree
PITTSBURG - Services for Roy W. Roundtree, 77, of Pittsburg will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Erman Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bryan Price officiating, assisted by Dave Abernathy. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Mr. Roundtree died Tuesday, March 17, 1998, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He was born Dec. 21, 1920, in Hunt County. A resident of Pittsburg since 1962, he was manager of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce for 23 years, 1962-1985. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 23 years, having served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a founding member of the East Texas Gulf Highway Association, an officer for the Texas Good Roads Association, and chairman for 10 years of the NETCOG Private Industry Council. Mr. Roundtree had been on the advisory board for Communities in Schools of Northeast Texas as well as a board member for Child Care Management Services. Mr. Roundtree was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Roundtree; his parents, Lawrence N. and Clysta Alexander Rountree; and a brother, Louie Roundtree. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Phillis Roundtree of Sulphur Springs and Jim and Judy Roundtree of Burnet; three granddaughters, Amy, Robin and Rebecca; two grandsons, Earl and Michael; three brothers, Bill Roundtree and Paul Roundtree, both of Wolf City, and William Roundtree of Dallas; one sister, Jeanine Lowery of Hopkins County; a sister-in-law, Oretha Roundtree of Cumby; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today, March 19, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Camp County Public Library, Pittsburg, TX 75686.
[Published March 19, 1998]

Prudice Sanders
Graveside services for Prudice Sanders, 91, of Tatum will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Harmony Hill Cemetery in Tatum with the Rev. Jack Harris officiating. Mrs. Sanders, a lifelong resident of Rusk County, a homemaker and a member of the First Methodist Church of Tatum, died Tuesday in a Henderson hospital. Arrangements are by East Texas Funeral Home of Longview. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Preston and Virgie Sanders, and a daughter and son-in-law, Dee La Vina and Melton Turlington, all of Tatum. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Published March 19, 1998]

T.H. Stovall
HENDERSON - Services for T.H. Stovall, 77, of Henderson will be held at 10 a.m. today at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Ellis and the Rev. Leroy Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Stovall died Tuesday at his residence. He was a Presbyterian and had been a supervisor of the epolene department at Texas Eastman Co.
[Published March 19, 1998]

Martha Neal Tolbert
LINDEN - Services for Martha Neal Tolbert, 65, of Linden will be held at 10 a.m. today at Nelson Murphy Chapel with Brother Malachi Reed officiating. Burial will be in Weldon Cemetery in Weldon under the direction of Haaland Family Funeral Home. Mrs. Tolbert died Tuesday in Linden. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Linden.
[Published March 19, 1998]

Feliciano Villegas Jr.
HENDERSON - Graveside services for Feliciano Villegas Jr., 20, of Laneville were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Laneville Cemetery with Father Jose Marin officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home. Mr. Villegas died Sunday in Longview after a pedestrian accident. He was a Catholic and a tower builder for Tower Specialist Inc. in Nacogdoches.
[Published March 19, 1998]


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