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Adams

MESQUITE - Former Pittsburg resident Earl A. Adams, 89, of Mesquite, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001 at Heritage Place Nursing Home in Mesquite.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Upshur County under the direction of Erman Smith Funeral Home in Pittsburg. The Rev. Ricky Ricks officiated.

Mr. Adams was born April 17, 1911 in Dallas. He was a Methodist.

He is survived by his son-in-law Charles Knowles of Mesquite; grandchildren Bryan Knowles of Rowlett, Leanne Weldon of Sache; three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Estell B. Adams in 1988; parents E.W. Adams and Addie Garrett Adams; daughter Betty Knowles, who died in 2000.

Donnell

PITTSBURG - Phillip H. Donnell, 63, of Pittsburg, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001 at his residence in Pittsburg.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at Erman Smith Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Larry Rice officiated. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Pittsburg. Pallbearers were Masons.

Mr. Donnell was born Nov. 19, 1937 in Joplin, Mo. He lived in Pittsburg for the past year and a half, moving from Houma, La. He was a member of the Frank Sexton Masonic Lodge, Lumberton Lodge 1430 and Knights Templar of Texas. Mr. Donnell also was a Shriner. Mr. Donnell was a pilot and served during the Korean Conflict in the Army. He was a Baptist.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Donnell of Pittsburg; sons and daughters-in-law Jack and Valerie Donnell of Denver, Colo., Edward and Miriam Donnell of Longview; daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Matthew Sostarich of Gilmer; brothers Bill Donnell of Missouri, Jack Donnell of Colorado; sisters Dorothy Babbitt of Arkansas, Saundra Moore and Delores Donnell, both of Colorado; six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard Donnell and Hazel Webb Donnell.

Flores

  Centia Liceth Flores, 17, of Mount Pleasant, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church. Fr. Joseph Dean officiated. Interment was in Edwards Cemetery under the direction of Bates-Cooper Funeral Home.

Ms. Flores was born June 7, 1983 in Acapulco, Mexico. She was a member of Saint Michael’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her parents Angelino Flores and Petra Memije of Mount Pleasant; daughter Kate Flores of Mount Pleasant; brothers Edgar Flores, Jose Gonzales both of Mount Pleasant.

Hague

MOUNT VERNON - Sovola Hague, 78, of Mount Vernon, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001 at East Texas Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at Harvey Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Vernon. The Revs. Othe Stegall and Jim Crittenden officiated. Interment was in Fuquay Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mrs. Hague’s nephews.

Mrs. Hague was born Dec. 10, 1922 in Hopkins County, the daughter of O.T. Davis and Rosa Wilkes.

She is survived by her sister Addie Young of Dallas; nieces and nephews Joy Bryant, Billie Mason and Melvina Buie, all of Tyler, Jimmy Hargrave of San Antonio, O.T. Hargrave and Don Hargrave, both of Dallas, Jane Roberts of Browns Valley, Calif. Lexie Golden of Joliet, Ill., Ruth Higgins of Ducanville; sisters-in-law Lillian Hardison of Plano, Mildred Colley of Texarkana; foster son Tim Almond of Mount Vernon. She was preceded in death by her husband John Hague in 1998.

Hanks

Velma Mae Hanks, 61, of Mount Pleasant, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001 at her residence.

A funeral service was held be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Bates-Cooper Funeral Home.

 A graveside service was held be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Bridges Chapel Cemetery. Bro. Leon Grissom and Bro. Jeff Crowley officiated.

Mrs. Hanks was born Oct. 31, 1939 in Cass County. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband Bertram Hanks of Mount Pleasant; mother Bernice Garrison of Mount Pleasant; daughters Jeanie Belcher of Palestine, Jill Noey of Marquez; sons Gerald Hanks of Dallas, Joel Hanks of Mount Pleasant; brothers Felix Garrison of Wascom, Wallace Garrison of Arizona, William Garrison of Lake of the Pines; sister Martha Turnage of Queen City; 13 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father Vinton Garrison; sister Grace Little.

Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s choice in Mrs. Hanks’ name.

Hatfield

TYLER - Alice Onita Willson Hatfield, 87, of Tyler, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001 in Houston.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Burks, Walker, Tippet Funeral Home in Tyler. Her nephews, the Revs. David Kemerling of Austin and Ross Richardson of Bulverde officiated. Pallbearers were be Charles Sinclair, Richard Buck, Robert Lewis, George Kemerling, David Kemerling and Gerald Debenport.

Mrs. Hatfield was born March 21, 1913 in the Old Union Community in Titus County, the daughter of William Cameron and Letita Jane Willson. Mrs. Hatfield was a long-time resident of Tyler. She was a medical records librarian at Tyler’s Medical Center Hospital and was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she belonged to the Ruth Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Tony M. and June Hatfield of Houston; daughter and son-in-law Virginia and Everett Smiley of Draper, Utah; granddaughter Heather Hatfield of Houston; sister Mary White of Mount Pleasant; sister-in-law Cattie Willson of Mount Pleasant; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Hardy Leo Hatfield, who died in 1994.

Hilton

NEW BOSTON - Raymond Lee Hilton, 76, of New Boston, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001 in a Texarkana Hospital.

Mr. Hilton father of Martha “Ivey” White of Mount Pleasant.

Mr. Hilton was born Oct. 5, 1924 in Foreman, Ark. He was affiliated with Old Boston Baptist Church and was retired from Red River Army Depot.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Lee Mack and Gena Hilton of New Boston; daughters and sons-in-law Martha “Ivey” and Mike White of Mount Pleasant, Ray Nell and Rinnie Tutt of Texarkana, Leda and Marc Weems of Lewisville; brother Winfred Hilton of New Boston; sister Ruby Hilton of New Boston; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Annie Lou Payne Hilton in 1992; brother Harold Ray Hilton in 1993.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at Bates-Rolf Funeral Home Chapel in New Boston. The Rev. Ritch Wilhelmi officiated. Interment was in Red Bayou Cemetery.

Mebane

Alma O. Mebane, 90, of Mount Pleasant, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001 at Titus Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Forest Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Bates-Cooper Funeral Home. Bro. Leon Grissom officiate.

Mrs. Mebane was born Oct. 1, 1910 in Titus County. She was a member of Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church, and she was a homemaker.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Eddie B. and Sally Mebane of Mount Pleasant; grandson Terry G. Mebane of Tyler; great-grandchildren Colton Mebane and Connor Mebane, both of Tyler; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe B. Mebane; parents John W. Booth and Martha A. Clay; four sisters; four brothers.

Narramore

MOUNTAIN VIEW, ARK. - William Patt (Bill) Narramore, 73, of Mountain View, Ark., died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001 at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark.

Mr. Narramore was born Feb. 17, 1928 in Winfield, the son of Cranford and Michal Cody Narramore. He was in the Marine Corps in the 1940s and was retired from Cotton Belt Railroad. He had been a resident of Mountain View, Ark. since the 1980s. Mr. Narramore was a member of Foothills Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at First Baptist Church in Winfield

. A private interment was in Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Mount Pleasant under the direction of Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Mountain View, Ark.

He is survived by his wife Betty Capel Narramore of Mountain View, Ark.; daughter Laura Horton of Little Rock, Ark.; son Kelly Narramore of Pine Bluff, Ark.; grandchildren Alicia Horton of Little Rock, Ark., Hunter Narramore of Pine Bluff, Ark.; brother James Narramore of Winfield; sister Wynell Gaddis of Winfield.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory.

Stuteville

BIG SPRING - Opal Teague Stuteville, 76, of Big Spring, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001 at her residence.

Mrs. Stuteville was the mother of Jean Baker of Mount Pleasant.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Myers and Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Big Spring. The Rev. Walter McCall will officiated. Interment was in Lamesa Memorial Park.

Mrs. Stuteville was born Aug. 27, 1924 in Kaufman County, the daughter of Oscar Osbourn and Mary Stansberry Osbourn. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. Mrs. Stuteville was head of housekeeping at the Holiday Inn.

She is survived by her daughters Jean Baker of Mount Pleasant, Joyce Covert of Big Spring, Linda Covert of Big Spring, Judy Parker of Abilene; brother Herman Osbourn of Lamesa; sisters Edith Breeding of Lamesa, Thelma Hanson of Mineral Wells, Estelle Brown of Lamesa; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands Doug Stuteville, who died in 1994 and Robert Teague, who died in 1970.

Tobias

DALLAS - Willie Mae Tobias, 67, of Dallas and formerly of Naples, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Funeral services were helde at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at Union Chapel Baptist Church in Omaha. The Rev. Al Ervin officiated. Interment was in Paradise Cemetery in Omaha under the direction of Tumey Mortuary. Pallbearers were be Bobby Whetstone, Clifford Turner Jr., John Taylor, George Gamble, R.J. Johnson, Elsie Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Ms. Tobias’ brothers and nephews.

Ms. Tobias was born Sept. 26, 1933 in Omaha, the daughter of Willie Buford and Tempie (Ivy) Buford. She was affiliated with Union Chapel Baptist Church in Omaha and Greater El Bethel Baptist Church in Dallas. Ms. Tobias attended Carver High School in Omaha. She was a day care center worker.

She is survived by her brothers Charles W. Buford of Dallas, Lucious George Buford of Naples; sisters Janie Mae Jackson of Phoenix, Ariz., Carolyn B. McCarter of Naples. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

Towler

NAPLES - Richard Towler, 78, of Naples, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001 in Mount Pleasant.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at Naples First Baptist Church. Dr. Joe Perkins officiated. Interment was in Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home Inc. of Naples. Pallbearers were deacons.

Mr. Towler was born Jan. 16, 1923 in Naples. He was a retired master electrician from IBEW. He was a member of the Belden Masonic Lodge where he served as worshipful master and a member of the Order of Eastern Star where he served as worthy patron. He served in World War II as a paratrooper in the 117th airborne combat engineer’s battalion. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Towler received several military honors including the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit citation with two oak leaf clusters, the European service medal, good conduct metal, combat infantryman badge along with the European Occupational metal. He was a longtime resident of Naples.

He is survived by his wife Merle Towler of Naples; son Rick Towler of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Trent Whatley of Dallas; sisters Frances Foster of Omaha, Emma Wright of Tyler; grandsons Jeff Towler and Kevin Towler, both of Naples, Mark Towler of Lufkin, Jon Icenhower of Grapevine; granddaughters Kristi Towler of Austin, Kristi Reeves of Rowlett; great-granddaughters Mikah Towler of Naples, Aubrey Icenhower of Rockwall; daughter-in-law Sondra Towler. He was preceded in death by his son Mike Towler.

Watson

BOGATA - Naomi R. Watson, 83, of Bogata, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001 in Baylor Medical Center of Dallas.

Funeral services were held be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Church of Christ of Bogata. Interment was in Highland Cemetery in Deport under the direction of Wood Funeral Home of Bogata.

Mrs. Watson was born May 2, 1917 in the Mosely Community near Deport, the daughter of Charles and Lou Carolina Davis Davidson. She was an insurance agent for White Cross Insurance Co. for more than 23 years, retiring in 1972.

She is survived by her husband James Clyde Watson of Bogata; daughter and son-in-law Barbara Joan and John Hambrick of Paris; grandchildren Mignon Young of Round Rock, Jack Hambrick of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Meridith Hamil of Miami, Fla.; great-grandchildren Parker, Aiden and Jackson Young all of Round Rock; brother and sister-in-law Charles and Joyce Davidson; sisters-in-law Christine Davidson Hix of Hooks, Kinny Tipping and her husband Charles Tipping of Hughes Springs. She was preceded in death by her brother J.L. Davidson; sister and brother-in-law Frances and James Gibson; sister-in-law Jo Nell Davidson.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Diabetic Foundation or Bogata Church of Christ.

Wilkerson

Eddie Wilkerson Jr., 58, of Mount Pleasant, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001 at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at Tumey Mortuary Chapel. Elder Tony Rundles officiated. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego, Calif. Honorary pallbearers were Bennie C. Wilkerson, Landen Wilkerson, Warren Drake Sr., Warren Drake Jr., Willie Harris, Earl Archer, Ivy Williams, Byron Williams, Kendrick Wilder, Chris Williams, Corey Johnson, Bobby Ray Turner and Terry Beard.

Mr. Wilkerson was born March 5, 1942 in Eloy, Ariz., the son of Eddie Wilkerson Sr. and Ella Mae Johnson Wilkerson. Mr. Wilkerson attended Memorial Junior High School and San Diego High School in San Diego, Calif. He was a member of Church of God in Christ, and an artist who did several pieces of artwork. He lived in San Diego, Calif. and Detroit, Mich. before moving to Mount Pleasant. Mr. Wilkerson was a laborer.

He is survived by his mother Ella Mae Carter of Mount Pleasant; daughters Patricia Wilkerson, Shirley Wilkerson Johnson, both of San Diego, Calif., Andrea Wilkerson of Mount Pleasant; sons Barron Wilkerson, Eddie Wilkerson III, Lamont Wilkerson, all of San Diego, Calif., Landen Wilkerson of Mount Pleasant; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Bennie Claude Wilkerson of Cason; sister and brother-in-law Elaska and Warren Drake of Detroit, Mich. He was preceded in death by his father; sister Edna Mae Wilkerson.


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