|George W. Austin, 75, of Mount Pleasant
died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999 at East Texas Medical Center.
Graveside services were held at 3 p. m. on Monday,
Feb. 15 at Bridges Chapel Cemetery. Officiating was Bro. Howard Perry and
Bro. Roy Conaster.
Born April 12, 1923 in Titus County, Mr. Austin
was the son of Ned Austin and Veda Newman Austin. He was a crane operator
at Lone Star Steel and Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of
Ripley Memorial Baptist Church and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and
the Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include sons, John Floyd Austin of
Cave City, Ark. and Steve W. Austin of Mount Pleasant; daughter, Deborah
L. Blackwood of St. Louis, Mo; brother, Renford Austin of Houston; sister,
Thelma Spruill of Lawton, Okla.; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild,
as well as numerous nieces and nephews, including niece Chessy Taylor of
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary "Sid"
Austin; his parents, a daughter, Rhonda Gail Austin, three brothers and
Bratlee Laura S. Bratlee, 52, of Mount Pleasant,
died Monday, Feb. 8 1999, at Titus Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 13, at Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Winston
Goens officiated. Interment was at Masonic Cemetery.
Mrs. Bratlee was born July 3, 1946 in Taylor,
Penn., the daughter of William A. and Helen Taylor. She was employed in
the medical records department at Titus Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her husband Frank A. Bratlee
of Mount Pleasant; son Matthew A. Bratlee of Mount Pleasant; daughter Janine
D. Bratlee of Mount Pleasant; mother Helen Taylor of Taylor, Penn.; brothers
and sisters-in-law, Richard Taylor of Taylor, Penn., Robert and Pat Taylor
of Old Forge, Penn., William Scott and Dianne Taylor of Haughton, La.;
sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Ezzio Margherti of Taylor, Penn.; numerous
nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father.
Cody WINFIELD - Miss Ora Cody, 83, of Winfield,
died at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 14, at Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home.
Officiating were the Rev. Gary Brown of the First
Baptist Church of Winfield and Dr. Clint Davis of the First Baptist Church
of Mount Pleasant. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Cody was born March 9, 1905 in Franklin
County to Roger and Anna Belle Draper Lawrence. She was assistant postmaster
in Winfield for 36 years with her husband, Andrew Cody.
Survivors include a daughter, Emogene Sanders
of Winfield; granddaughter, Robin Sanders of Austin; brother, R. A. Lawrence
of Mount Vernon; brothers-in-law, Vader Cody and John Lusk; sisters-in-law,
Med Barnard and Ann Cody and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her
husband, two sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers were nephews Ronney Broach, Tommy
Lawrence, Don Lawrence, Wayne Lawrence, Roger Marshall, Jake Narramore
and Rex Narramore.
DALLAS - Elizabeth Forance, 76, of Dallas, died
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, in Dallas.
Graveside funeral services were held at 10:30
a.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at Mount Vernon City Cemetery under the direction
of Harvey Funeral Home. The Rev. Steve Townly officiated.
Mrs. Forance was born Oct. 22, 1922 in Colorado
City, the daughter of L.C. Dupree and Margie Holder. She was married to
She is survived by her daughter, Diane Jones
of Dallas and grandchildren Stephen Patrick Mack and Ryan Michael Mack.
JOHNTOWN - Mrs. Dorothy Foster, 72, of Johntown,
died Monday, Feb. 8, at East Texas Medical Center in Clarksville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 10, at Johntown Missionary Baptist Church under the direction of Wood
Funeral Homes. The Rev. Billy Turpin and the Rev. Billy Daniels officiated.
Interment was at Bogata Cemetery.
Mrs. Foster was born Oct. 29, 1926 in Clarksville,
the daughter of John and Mae Belle Kennemore Cavender. She married Francis
Marion Foster on Nov. 20, 1944, in Clarksville. Mrs. Foster was al longtime
member of Johntown Missionary Baptist Church and was an LVN working for
a number of years at Titus County Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law
Marion and Cookie Foster of Mount Pleasant and two grandchildren Jenny
Foster of Austin and Kenneth Foster of Bryan-College Station.
HOUSTON - Paul Clarence Frey, 55, of Houston,
died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at Texas Medical Center Hospice in Houston after
a lengthy illness.
Mr. Frey was the brother-in-law of Eteau Collier
and Gaylon Goolsby, both of Mount Pleasant.
Mr. Frey was born July 3, 1943 in Leavensworth,
Kan., the son of James F. and Dorothy Goehner Frey. He was a U.S. Air Force
veteran and an employee of Continental Airlines.
He is survived by his wife, Clariece Goolsby
Frey of Houston; son James Frey of Charles City, Iowa; daughters Kelli
Rivera of Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Tonya Marzen of Rockford, Iowa;
mother Dorothy Goehner Frey of Houston; brother Alan Frey of Nogal, N.M.;
sisters Claudia Strack of Spring and Eileen Porter, of Lometa; seven grandchildren
and numerous other family members. He was preceded in death by his father
and two brothers, Larry and Raymond Frey.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 10,
at Houston National Cemetery Chapel.
Geraldine Goss, 64, of Mount Pleasant, died Saturday,
Feb. 13, 1999, at Titus Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 16, at Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home Chapel. Evertt Logan Jr.,
and C.W. Pilgrim officiated. Interment will be at Greenhill Cemetery in
Mrs. Goss was born Oct. 19, 1934 in Titus County,
the daughter of Edmond and Mattie Alsobrook Brown.
She is survived by her brother, Johnny Mack Brown
of Mount Pleasant, and sisters Sue Evans of Tyler and Bobbie Freeman of
Mount Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert J. Goss,
her brothers Douglas and Weldon Brown, her sister Pauline Brown and her
`Harkrider DAINGERFIELD - George Donald Harkrider,
68, of Daingerfield, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, in Mount Pleasant.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday,
Feb. 12, at the Nail-Haggard Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. L.C. Terry and
the Rev. John Stone officiated. Interment was at East New Hope Cemetery.
Mr. Harkrider was born Aug. 24, 1930 in Titus
County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Daingerfield.
He is survived by his sons Donnie and Randy Harkrider,
both of Daingerfield; brothers Perry and David Harkrider, both of Mount
Pleasant; sisters Mary Roach of Sevierville, Tenn., Jeraldine Conly of
Manchester, Tenn., Gayle Harris of Houston, Joyce Lake of Richardson and
Cora Amerson of Newhall, Calif.; sister-in-law Bobbie Harkrider of Daingerfield;
and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Betty Jean Harris, 56, died Saturday, Feb.
6, 1999, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 10, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Pittsburg. The Rev. Willie Searcy
officiates. Interment was be at Edwards Cemetery in Mount Pleasant.
Mrs. Harris was born Sept. 6, 1942 in Naples.
She is survived by her daughters Tammy Dixon
of Daingerfield and Annette Harris of Mount Pleasant; sons Victor Ray Justice,
Timmy Lee Justice and James W. Harris, all of Mount Pleasant, and son and
daughter-in-law Bobby and Jean Justice of Dallas; 15 grandchildren; sister
Otha Webster of Mount Pleasant and brothers James Bobby and Curtiss Williams,
both of Mount Pleasant.
Judy Karen Helton, 42, of Mount Pleasant, died
Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 14, at Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Frank Stringham
officiated. Interment was at Mount Vernon City Cemetery in Mount Vernon.
Ms. Helton was born Aug. 10, 1956 in Titus County,
the daughter of Dudley Lawrence and Ivie Helton.
She is survived by her mother, Ivie Hunnicutt;
sisters Mary L. Helton; sister and brother-in-law Linda and Billy Jack
Batey; grandfather J.V. Hunnicutt; nephew Paul Batey; nieces Molly, Becky
and Amy Batey; aunt Louise Barron; uncle Shorty Hunnicutt, all of Mount
Pleasant; and a host of cousins. She was preceded in death by her father
and her grandmother, Mae Hunnicutt.
Bessie Juanita Hill, 80, of Mount Pleasant, died
Saturday, Feb. 13, East Texas Medical Center in Mount Vernon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 16, at Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Ronald Collins
officiated. Interment was at Midway Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mickey Holt,
Larry Hearron, John Hickman, Willie D. Holt, Charlie Martin and Greg Henry.
Honorary pallbearers were Chase Collins, Jared White, Cody White, Jason
White, Dustin Hearron and James Dunn.
Ms. Hill was born June 22, 1918, in Oklahoma,
the daughter of John and Elia Woolsey. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Lou
Collins of Sugar Hill; nephews Danny H. Banks of Richmond, Va. and Thomas
D. Banks of Dallas; nieces and husbands Linda and Ronald Collins, Lavonne
and Larry Hearron, LaDonna and Mickey Holt, and Brenda and Cody White,
all of Sugar Hill; special friends Weldon and Louise Smith of Bogata; seven
great-nieces; five great-nephews; 16 great-great-nieces and nephews. She
was preceded in death by brothers Johnnie and J.V. Woolsey; sister Fannie
Banks and her parents.
PITTSBURG - Mrs. Frances Hollinshead, 65, of
Pittsburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, at her home in Pittsburg.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 12, at Erman Smith Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Earl Moore and Rev.
Cecil McLeod officiated. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Pittsburg.
Pallbearers were Mrs. Hollinshead's grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Mrs. Hollinshead was born May 23, 1933 in Leola,
Ark., the daughter of Almont Wicklief Ledford and Lottie Eulene Lamb Ledford.
She had lived in Pittsburg since 1982, when she moved from Kilgore. Mrs.
Hollinshead was a member of First Baptist Church of Pittsburg. She retired
from Pilgrim Industries of Pittsburg as a secretary.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Hollinshead
of Pittsburg; son and daughter-in-law Alan and Tracy Hollinshead; daughters
and sons-in-law Mary Lynn and Randy Irby and Karen and Glenn Pool, all
of Winnsboro; brother Lynnwood Ledford of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial donations may be made to Cypress Basin
Hospice in Mount Pleasant or to the American Cancer Society.
Jordan PITTSBURG - Robert Charles Jordan, 53,
of Pittsburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999 in Camp County.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 13, at St. Stephens A.M.E. Church in Pittsburg, under the direction
of Johnson Funeral Home. The Rev. Patrick Lloyd, assisted by the Rev. Lonnie
Bell and the Rev. Patrick Lloyd, officiated. Interment was at Cedar Grove
Cemetery in Pittsburg. Pallbearers were Walter "Glen" Moore, Victor Henderson,
Eddie Jordan, Charlie Ray Wright, Michael Jordan, Barry Mosley and Bruce
Taylor. The Stewards and Trustees of St. Stephens A.M.E. Church served
as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Jordan was born Jan. 31, 1946 in Pittsburg,
the son of R.C. and Learlene Heath-Jordan. He attended Frederick Douglass
High School in Pittsburg and was affiliated with St. Stephens A.M.E. Church.
He is survived by his daughter Sonya Burns Jordan,
of El Dorado, Ark.; mother Learlene H. Jordan and father, R.C. Jordan,
both of Pittsburg; sisters Vivian A. Jordan-Kelly, of Diamondhead, Miss.,
and Patricia A. Douglas, of Dallas; brother Dennis Ralph Jordan, of Mount
Pleasant; aunt, Margaret J. Edwards, of Pittsburg; one stepdaughter; two
grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
ARLINGTON - George Lilienstern III, 59, of Arlington,
died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999 at his residence in Arlington.
Private graveside funeral services were held
at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Masonic Cemetery in Mount Pleasant under
the direction of Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home. The Rev. Winston Goens
Mr. Lilienstern was born Aug. 3, 1939 in Tyler,
the son of George Lilienstern II and Dorothy Mae Lilienstern. He attended
Tyler Junior College, graduated from the University of Houston, and received
master's degrees from the University of Texas and The American Institute
of Foreign Trade, Phoenix. He was employed by the Central Intelligence
Agency, serving five years in Panama. Mr. Lilienstern was a U.S. Army veteran,
with three years of service in Germany.
He is survived by his mother and step-father
Dorothy Mae and Joe G. Ashworth of Tyler; sons Geoff Lilienstern of Dallas
and Nichols Lilienstern, who is in the U.S. Navy; daughter Jennifer Rabalals
of Baton Rouge, La.; and sister Ann Doan of Fort Worth. He was preceded
in death by his father, George Lilienstern II.
Houston McCoo, 86, of Mount Pleasant, died Saturday,
Feb. 13, 1999, at his residence in Mount Pleasant.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 17, 1999 at White Oak Baptist Church under the direction of Tumey
Mortuary of Mount Pleasant. The Rev. Charles Burns officiated, and the
Rev. George Rape presented the eulogy. Interment was at Piney Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ronnie McCoo, Howard McCoo Jr., Herbert McCoo, Brian McCoo,
Gregory McCoo, Mercer McCoo, Anthony McCoo, Daryl McCoo and Donald McCoo.
Honorary pallbearers wereHouston McGill, C.E. Rosborough, Ezeal McGill,
Clearance Eaton, Manuel Eaton and Cleathon Ellis.
Mr. McCoo was born April 6, 1912 in Titus County,
the son of Alexander and Classie Allen McCoo. He attended White Oak Elementary
School in Titus County. Mr. McCoo was a member of White Oak Baptist Church
in Titus County.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law
Howard and Claudester McCoo Sr. of Lewisville; daughter and son-in-law
Hazel and Luther Groce of Linden; daughter-in-law Dorothy McCoo of Mount
Pleasant; brothers Telzia McCoo of Mount Pleasant and Morris McCoo of Dallas;
sister Lucille Peel of Mount Pleasant; 13 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
SIMMS - Riley Taylor, 77, of Simms, died Monday,
Feb. 8, 1999, at his residence in Simms.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday
at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples. The Rev. Maurice Shaw and the
Rev. Steve Petty officiated. Interment was at Old Union Cemetery. Pallbearers
were be Andy Kemp, Rocky Taylor, Larry McDonald, Clay Higgins, Shane Campbell
and Scooter Campbell.
Mr. Taylor was born Sept. 20, 1921 in Simms.
He was a lifetime resident of Simms and a member of the Simms Church of
God. Mr. Taylor was a farmer and a retired employee of Red River Army Depot.
He is survived by his wife, Jessie Taylor of
Simms; sons George Taylor of Walkertown, N.C., Willie Gene Taylor of Hooks,
and Jimmy Taylor of Simms; daughters Mary Higgins of Naples, Helen Campbell
of Hooks and Billie Kemp of Simms; brothers J.L. Taylor of Mesquite, Bobby
Joe Taylor of Mount Pleasant, and J.D. Taylor of New Boston; sisters Billie
Jean Crabtree of Mesquite and Dorothy Carter of Simms; a number of grandchildren
Sam Teer, 81, of Mount Pleasant, died Thursday,
Feb. 11, 1999, at Horizon Nursing Center in Mount Pleasant.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 13, at Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home. Bro. Bill Reisor officiated.
Interment was at Matinburg Cemetery in Pittsburg.
Mr. Teer was born Jan. 25, 1918 in Cumby, the
son of John B. Teer and Alabama Reisor Teer. He was a retired steel worker
with Lone Star Steel.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law
Jerry and Dianne Teer of Stonewall, La.; daughter and son-in-law Margaret
and Michael Creedon of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister Mary Jane Teer of Mount
Pleasant; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his parents and three brothers.
CRAIG, Colo. - Curtis Temples, of Craig, Colorado,
died Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999 in an automobile accident.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law
Jeff and Jackie Temples, son Timmy Temples, daughters and sons-in-law Patsy
and Johnny Carnes, Jodee and Ervin Parrie and daughter Jackie Temples,
all of Mount Pleasant; daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Roger Collins
of Daingerfield; daughter Paula Temples of Stamp, Ark.; 10 grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren; brothers Taylor Temples and Sam Temples: sisters
Dorothy Lewis, Erris Brodicks and Thelma Thomas. He was preceded in death
by his parents, Gladys and Sally Temples, and brothers Joe and Bud Temples.
Funeral arrangements are pending in Colorado.
PARAMOUNT, Calif.- Billy Wayne "Buck" Wilkerson,
49, formerly of Mount Pleasant, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999 at Charter Hospital
in Paramount. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10,
at The First Church of God in Christ in Mount Pleasant under the direction
of Golden Gate Funeral Home of Dallas. Supt. R.L. Asberry officiated Interment
was be at Piney Cemetery. Pallbearers were Preston Wilkerson, Arthur Rogers,
Warner Wilkerson, Herman Jenkins, Reginald Dickson, Darnell Wilkerson,
Stanley Wilkerson and Paul Rogers.
Mr. Wilkerson was born June 15, 1949 in Mount
Pleasant, the son of Billy and Eulastene (Jones) Wilkerson.
He is survived by his wife Victoria Wilkerson
of Paramount, Calif.; father Billy Wilkerson of Dallas; sons Roderick of
Dallas and Jason of Paramount, Calif.; two grandchildren; brothers Stanley,
Darnell and Ronald and sisters Barbara Dickson, Tonia, Darlene, Terri and
Dorthea, all of Dallas; aunts Mary Frances Williams, Lillian Rogers and
Lucille Jenkins, all of Mount Pleasant; a host of uncles, aunts, nephews,
nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Terry Glen (Gas Mask) Wilkerson, 46, of Mount
Pleasant, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at Titus Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 11, at Tumey Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Kirthell Roberts officiated.
Interment was at Old West Side Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. Pallbearers
were John Lewis Wilkerson, Travis James, Tyrone Wilkerson, Rickey Wilson,
Jimmy Wilkerson Jr. and Dedrick Wilkerson. Honorary pallbearers were Charles
Bryson, Clifton Connally, John A. Jeffery, Sam Richmond, Winfred Owens
and Michael Ray Bolden.
Mr. Wilkerson was born Nov. 7, 1952 in Mount
Pleasant, the son of Fred and Beatrice Wilkerson Sr. He attended Booker
T. Washington Elementary and Mount Pleasant High School. Mr. Wilkerson
worked for Pilgrim's Pride for 15 years.
He is survived by his mother, Beatrice Wilkerson
of Mount Pleasant; five brothers and four sisters-in-law Weldon Wilkerson,
Fred and Barbara Wilkerson Jr. all of Mount Pleasant, Jimmy and Zeffie
Wilkerson of Omaha, Johnnie B. and Larece Wilkerson and Leroy and Brenda
Wilkerson, all of Dallas; sister and brother-in-law Velma and Oscar Simmons
of Mount Pleasant and sister Zola Buford of Dallas. He was preceded in
death by his father and two brothers, T.C. and John L. Wilkerson.
NAPLES - Elizabeth Jane Lakey Wommack, 41, of
Naples, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. at Naples
First Baptist Church under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home. The
Rev. Clint Davis and the Rev. James Spears officiated. Interment was at
Mrs. Wommack was born Sept. 14, 1957 in St. Louis,
Mo. She was a working studio artist, an art instructor at Northeast Texas
Community College and a homemaker. She was a member of the Baptist Church,
a 1976 graduate of Paul Pewitt High School, and a graduate of the University
of Texas at Tyler. She also attended Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Mrs. Wommack was a longtime resident of the Omaha-Naples area.
She is survived by her husband Steve Wommack
of Naples; daughters Kaitlyn Wommack and Mikayla Wommack, both of Naples;
mother, Peggy Lakey of Omaha; sister Kim Waters of Center; brother Philip
Lakey of Albuquerque, N.M.; mother-in-law Bonnie Wommack of Naples; a number
of nieces and nephews.
ORE CITY - Mary Edna Woods, 58, of Ore City,
died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 3, at New Hope Independent Baptist Church in Ore City under the direction
of Erman Smith Funeral Home of Pittsburg. The Rev. Freeman Pierce officiated.
Interment was at 4 p.m. at Leesburg Cemetery in Leesburg. Pallbearers were
Perry Wood, Walter Carter, Mark Sanders, Zane Ables, Eddie Belt and Jerry
Mrs. Woods was born March 9, 1940 in Wagner,
South Dakota, the daughter of Orville and Edna Woods. She had lived in
the Pittsburg area for the past 23 years after moving from South Dakota
and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Mrs. Woods was employed in
food service at Diana School.
She is survived by her 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; the father of her sons,
Tom Lassen of Pittsburg; brothers Norman Woods, Pete Woods, Verlin Woods
and Donald Woods, all of South Dakota; sisters Layelle Jiricek, Lois Hyde,
Sandy Taggart, Karen Dvorak, all of South Dakota, Lavonne Hastings of Florida,
Shirley Carda of New Mexico and Velma Vondette of Washington; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and her parents.