Jesse McKelvey, 87, of Mount Pleasant, died Sunday,
April 18, 1999 at Titus Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday,
April 20, at Gladewater Baptist Church under the direction of Bates-Cooper-Robison
Funeral Home. Bro. Ricky Logan and Bro. Glen Griffith officiated. Interment
was at Gladewater Cemetery in Mount Pleasant.
Mr. McKelvey was born May 22, 1911, in Titus
County, the son of Jesse Walter and Hassie (McCormack) McKelvey. He was
a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and a retired mail clerk at the U.S.
Postal Service. Mr. McKelvey was a member of Gladewater Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille McKelvey,
of Mount Pleasant; sister Nan McKelvey Willson of Mount Pleasant; sisters-in-law
Juanita Barrow of Mount Pleasant, Elsie Evan of Oklahoma and Doris McKelvey
of Dallas; brothers-in-law Louie Alexander and Calvin Smith, both of Mount
Pleasant, and James Alexander of Arizona; numerous nieces and nephews;
one great-niece Renee Turner. He was preceded in death by one brother,
one sister and his parents.
BACLIFF - Flaura Bell Clark, 77, former resident
of Mount Pleasant, died Saturday, April 17, 1999, at Casa a Special Hospital
Graveside funeral services were held at noon
Wednesday, April 21, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant under
the direction of Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home. Bro. Jamie Duncan officidated.
Mrs. Clark was born Nov. 18, 1921, in Harlingen,
the daughter of Chester Arthur Cripe and Florence Edith Reynolds Cripe.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her former husband and friend,
Lewis Carlton Patterson of Houston; sons Lewis William Patterson of Bacliff
and Kenneth James Patterson of Houston; daughters Frances Louise Williams
of Mexia and Connie Marie White of Gilmer; sister Danola Frances Morgan
of Ingleside; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Lonnie Tarlton Clark; three sisters Alice Marie
Walker, Etta Mae Bishop and Sylvia Jean Cripe; and her parents.
Aline O. Acy, 89, of Mount Pleasant, died Tuesday,
April 20, 1999, at Horizon Nursing Center in Mount Pleasant.
Funeral services were heldt 1 p.m. Saturday,
April 24, at Herschel Lybrand Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point. Interment
was at Greenwood Cemetery in Wills Point.
Mrs. Acy was born Sept. 21, 1909 in Mount Pleasant,
the daughter of Lowe Oakry and Mollie Evans Oakry. Most of her life was
spent in Wills Point where she was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark's
She is survived by step-daughters Lalaie Johnson
of Lone Star and Mattie Hartfield of Hughes Springs; daughter-in-law Emma
Attaway of Wills Point; brothers Bobby Oakry of Pittsburg and Chester Oakry
of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters Dorothy Nell Edmond of Dallas and Josie
Mae Oakry Rockwell of Mount Pleasant; grandson Craig Attaway of Hughes
Springs; a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands,
Otis Attaway Sr. and Marvin Acy; son Otis Attaway Jr.; and her parents.
MONTCLAIR, N.J. - The Rev. Archie Hargraves,
55, a native of Franklin County, died Sunday, April 18, at Montclair, N.J.
Graveside funeral services were held at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, April 27, at Denton Cemetery in Mount Vernon under the direction
of Harvey Funeral Home. Fred Earl Hargraves officiated.
The Rev. Hargraves was born Dec. 31, 1943 in
Franklin County, the son of Obie Hargraves and Jessie Askew. He grew up
in Franklin County and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School.
He attended Jarvis Christian College. The Rev. Hargraves had served as
pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Montclair for the past 12 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Sharon Hargraves,
of St. Louis, Mo., and his brother, Edwin Hargraves, of Mount Vernon.
Gracietta "Gracie" Holcomb, 84, of Mount Pleasant,
died Monday, April 19, 1999, at her residence in Mount Pleasant.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday,
April 22, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church under the direction of Bates-Cooper-Robison
Funeral Home. The Rev. James Slack officiate. Interment was at Masonic
Mrs. Holcomb was born July 12, 1914 in Memphis,
Tenn., the daughter of Jo P. Williams and Gracietta Bennett Williams. She
taught school in West Texas, Mount Pleasant and San Antonio before accepting
a job with the American Red Cross during World War II. She served in hospitals
in England and France until 1946 when she returned to the United States
where she met and married William "Buster" Holcomb. Mrs. Holcomb was a
member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, serving over the years on the St.
Mark's council, as well as being an active member of ECW's fund raising
efforts. She was also a Sunday school teacher, vestry member and served
on the local and diocesan altar guilds. Mrs. Holcomb was a founding member
of the Mount Pleasant Art Society.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law
Jim and Ferol Holcomb and grandson Johnathan Holcomb, all of Mount Pleasant;
sisters True Sandlin of Mount Pleasant, Sara Yamini of Rockport, and Alice
Dahman of Dallas; devoted care givers Catalina Cervantes and Jen-Ai Chen,
both of Mount Pleasant. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.F.
"Buster" Holcomb; brothers Jo P. Williams Jr. and Horace Williams; and
Memorial donations may be made to Cypress Basin
Hospice and/or St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
William Michael (Mike) Jones, 43, of Mount Pleasant,
formerly of Palestine, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at M.D. Anderson Hospital
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday,
April 27, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel in Palestine.
The Rev. Theo Johnson officiated. Interment was at Land of Memory Cemetery
in Palestine. Pallbearers were Gene LaFitte, Steve Gray, Scott Gray, Wesley
Warren, John Gray, Joel Gray, Corey Hoefling and Jerry LaFitte.
Mr. Jones was born April 3, 1956 in Palestine,
the son of William and Neva L. Gaydon Jones. He had lived most of his life
in Palestine. Mr. Jones was a graduate of Westwood High School and a member
of Westwood Baptist Church in Palestine. He was employed by the Mount Pleasant
ISD at the time of his death.
He is survived by his parents, Bill and Neva
Jones of Palestine; daughter Teri Jones of Palestine; sisters Linda Sue
Hoefling of Portland and Vicky Lipsey of Oakwood.
Memorial donations may be made to the American
Leukemia Society, 8705 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77251 or the Westwood
Baptist Church, 1809 Bassett Road, Palestine, Texas 75801.
Mary Mallery Kirk, 92, of Mount Pleasant died
Saturday, April 24, 1999 in Currey Nursing Home.
Services were held at 11 a. m. on Monday, April
26 at Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home. Officiating was Dr. Clifford Lee
and the Rev. Robert Dunegan. Burial was in Winfield Cemetery at Winfield.
Born Jan. 9, 1907 in Huntsville, Mrs. Kirk was
a teacher and a homemaker. She was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist
Church and was married for 64 years to Earl Kirk Sr.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law,
Kenneth and Linda Kirk of Mount Pleasant and Earl and Dixie Kirk Jr. of
Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Dub Thomas of Longview; nine
grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Kirk Sr. in 1990, a son,
James Kirk and 10 brothers and sisters.
COOKVILLE - Mattie A. McCoy, 76, of Cookville,
died Monday, April 19, 1999, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday,
April 23, at Bates-Cooper-Robison Funeral Home. Darrell Tubb officiated.
Interment wasat Bogata Cemetery. Pallbearers were be Scott Tubb, David
Tubb, William Tubb, Cecil Tubb, Tommy Joe Tubb and Tommy Malone.
Mrs. McCoy was born Aug. 13, 1922 in Hopkins
County, the daughter of W.B. Tubb and Vera Griffin Tubb. She was a restaurant
cook. Mrs. McCoy was a member of the Church of Christ of Cookville.
She is survived by her mother, Vera Griffin Tubb
of Sulphur Springs; son Ronnie Tully of Cookville; brothers Grady Tubb
of Sulphur Springs and Russell Tubb of Dike; sister Lucille Meadows of
Olton; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Irvin McCoy; father; two brothers and two sisters.
GARLAND - Vera Ruth Roach, 80, of Garland died
Wednesday, April 21, 1999 in Garland.
Graveside funeral services were held at 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 24, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant under
the direction of Williams Funeral Directors of Garland. Dr. Eric McKinney
Mrs. Roach was born March 16, 1919 in Hughes
Springs, the daughter of Ottis Wells and Ola Perkins Wells. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Sammie
Bob Roach of Garland; son and daughter-in-law R.E. and Sylvia Dodson of
Fort Worth; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nephews and
one aunt. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Eli Dodson;
brother, Horace V. Wells; and her parents.
LEESBURG - Raymond "Buddy" Wall, 75, of Leesburg,
died Friday, April 23, 1999 at a Tyler hospital.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday,
April 26, at Erman Smith Funeral Home in Pittsburg. Interment was in Leesburg
Cemetery in Leesburg.
Mr. Wall was born April 10, 1924, in Pittsburg,
the son of Carl Wall and Tommie Smith Wall. A lifelong resident of Camp
County, he was a member of Leesburg Baptist Church. Mr. Wall was a disabled
veteran of World War II, and served in the U.S. Army. He was retired from
Lone Star Steel.
He is survived by four cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.
PITTSBURG - Fayrine Walton, 71, of Pittsburg,
died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at East Texas Medical Center of Tyler.
Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Pittsburg under the direction
of Erman Smith Funeral Home. Misty Jo Walton and Mike Bridges officiated.
Mrs. Walton was born March 29, 1928 in Pine,
the daughter of Charlie and Delcie Hall Kimbell. She was a member of Pine
Baptist Church. Mrs. Walton worked for Pilgrim's Pride Corp. for 31 years
in the hatchery.
She is survived by her sons Jim Walton of Pittsburg,
Robert Walton of Daingerfield, and Gary Walton of Tyler; brother Robert
L. Kimbell of Dallas; sister Jean Sanders of Splendora and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Dwade E. Wommack, 34, a native
of Mount Pleasant, died Monday, April 19, 1999, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
April 24, at the Methodist Church in Omaha under the direction of Alexander
Funeral Home of Naples. The Rev. Lanny Peek officiated. Interment was at
Mr. Wommack was born Feb. 10, 1965, in Mount
Pleasant, the son of Hix and Jo Wommack. He was a heavy equipment technician
and a member of the Omaha Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Wommack, of
Las Vegas, Nev.; parents Hix and Jo Wommack of Mount Pleasant; sisters
Angela Wommack and Jennifer Wommack, both of Dallas; maternal grandmother
Jeanine Moore of Tyler; paternal grandmother Ethlyn Wommack of Naples;
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Willie Bob Banks, 71, of Mount Pleasant, died
Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999 at his residence in Mount Pleasant.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday,
Oct. 9 at Bates-Cooper Funeral Home Chapel. Tommy Horn and Larry Hargrovel
officiated. Interment was be at Liberty Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were
Orville Cameron, Hugh Hatfield, Bobby Hodge, Bobby Landrum, Dale Raney
and John M. Terrell. Honorary pallbearers were Edward Johnson and Bruce
Mr. Banks was born Aug. 27, 1928, in Titus County,
the son of Leonard and Berma Hodge Banks. He was employed in maintenance
and was a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife Betty Jean Cameron
Banks of Mount Pleasant; sons Jimmy Banks, Ronnie Banks, Kenneth Banks,
Jerry Banks, Gary Banks, all of Mount Pleasant; brothers Louis Banks of
Arlington and Harold Banks of Daingerfield; eight grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents.
Louis Joseph Cassata, 72, of Mount Pleasant,
died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, at his residence in Mount Pleasant.
A rosary wase held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct.
7, at Bates-Cooper Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral mass was celebrated at
11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at St. Michael's Catholic Church under the direction
of Bates-Cooper Funeral Home of Mount Pleasant. Father Timothy Kelley officiated.
Interment was at Bridges Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Don Alexander,
Bill Day, John Fielex, Danny Haney, Mike Haney, Pat Haney, Jim Harrison,
Anthony Interrante and Tom Truss.
Mr. Cassata was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Dallas,
the son of John Cassata and Lucia Terranova Cassata. He was a veteran of
the U.S. Army and a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. Mr. Cassata
was a picture framer and homebuilder.
He is survived by his wife Nita Cassata of Mount
Pleasant; son and daughter-in-law John Paul and Lois Cassata of Liberty
City; daughter Debra Louise Cassata of Mount Pleasant; daughter and son-in-law
Marie and Randy Jennings of Rockwall; sisters Rosa Lee Cassata and Lena
Interrante, both of Dallas; sister and brother-in-law Marguerite and Willard
Schultz of Dallas; grandchildren John Cassata III, Kelli Jennings and Kristi
Jennings. He was preceded in death by a sister Mary Strange; brother Ross
Interrante; and his parents.
Huey Crooks, 83, of Mount Pleasant, died Friday,
Oct. 8, 1999, at his residence in Mount Pleasant.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 10, at Gladewater Baptist Church under the direction of Bates-Cooper
Funeral Home. Glenn Griffith and Gib Johnson officiated. Interment was
Gladewater Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dickey Crooks, Jason Crooks, Joe
Crooks, Dempsey Dyke, Kevin Dyke, Marty Dyke, Troy Newman and Michael Vaught.
Mr. Crooks was born April 18, 1916, in Titus
County, the son of Hugh and Roxie Newman Crooks. He was a Deacon at Mt.
Sylvia Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Crooks retired from SWEPCO in 1979,
and had his 50-year pin with IBEW.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law
Dickey and Robbie Crooks and Joe and Letha Crooks, all of Mount Pleasant;
daughter Ruth Dyke of Mount Pleasant; step-children Mary Ann and Hal Hess
of Mount Pleasant and Jackie and Katy Stinson of Talco; sister Valeria
Oldham of Mount Pleasant; grandchildren Holly Crooks, Jason Crooks, Joy
Crooks, Dempsey Dyke, Kevin and Rhonda Dyke, Marty and Lesa Dyke, Deann
and Michael Vaught; great-grandchildren Lauren Crooks, Jennifer Dyke, Kimberly
Dyke, Parker Lynn Dyke, Devin Martin; 11 step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren;
numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife
Josephine Bragg Crooks in 1973; second wife Mary Stinson Crooks in 1997;
step-son Aubrey (Buddy) Stinson; and his parents.
PITTSBURG - Laura Burnice Efurd, 89, of Pittsburg,
died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at Pittsburg Nursing Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 8, at Erman Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Pittsburg. The Revs. Kyle
Smith and Steve Packer officiated. Interment was at Willow Oak Cemetery
in Upshur County. Pallbearers will be the Deacons of Pine Baptist Church
in Camp County.
Mrs. Efurd was born Dec. 26, 1909 in Camp County,
the daughter of Emmerson Orms and Betty Cooner Orms. She was a member of
the Pine Baptist Church in Camp County and a member of the Eastern Star
in Pittsburg. Mrs. Efurd was a homemaker.
She is survived by her grandsons Pat Efurd and
Jeff Efurd, both of Pittsburg, and Mike Efurd of Tomball; granddaughters
Amy Masters of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Judy Fimple of West; and seven
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband W.T. Truitt
Efurd Sr.; sons Jerry Efurd and W.T. Efurd Jr.; infant sons Glenn and Lynn
Efurd; and her parents.
TEXARKANA - Dwayne Matthews, 47, of Texarkana
and formerly of Pittsburg, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999 at Christus St.
Michael Health Center in Texarkana.
Graveside funeral services were held at 11 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 8, at Woodman Cemetery in DeKalb under the direction of Erman
Smith Funeral Home of Pittsburg. The Rev. Kenny Shelton officiated.
Mr. Matthews was born Sept. 30, 1952 in DeKalb,
the son of David Alfred Matthews and Dorthy Marie Matthews. He was a member
of County Line Holiness Church in DeKalb. Mr. Matthews had lived the last
seven months in Texarkana. He was employed by Heritage Trailers in Texarkana
as a trim and finish carpenter.
He is survived by his mother Dorthy Marie Matthews
of Pittsburg; son Ronnie Dwayne Matthews of Scroggins; daughters Brandy
Woods, Helen Jones and Cathy Rios, all of Pittsburg; brothers Derral Lynn
Matthews of Mount Pleasant and David Neal Matthews of Pittsburg; sister
and brother-in-law Sheila and Walter Carter of Pittsburg; sister Charlotte
Hughes of Mount Pleasant; and nine grandchildren.
CEDAR HILL - Betty Morris Palmer, 56, of Cedar
Hill, a native of Mount Pleasant, died Monday, Oct. 4, 1999.
Mrs. Palmer was born March 27, 1943, in Mount
Pleasant. She was the daughter of Roy and Verna Morris.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years Ronnie
Palmer of Cedar Hill; children Benji Palmer of Cedar Hill, Kim Boykin of
Glenn Heights, Randall Adkins of Grand Prairie and Dale Adkins of Arlington;
five grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters and many other relatives
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday,
Oct. 7, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Duncanville. Interment was at Little
GARLAND - Shawn Alan Stuekerjuergen, 22, of Garland,
died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999.
He was the grandson of Mount Pleasant resident
Robert Swanson Smitherman.
Mr. Stuekerjuergen was born July 29, 1977. He
graduated from Lake Highlands High School and attended St. John's Episcopal
Church. Mr. Stuekerjuergen was a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserves. He attended the University of North Texas where he was a newly
initiated Kappa Sigma.
He is survived by his father Dennis A. Stuekerjuergen;
mother Gayle Smitherman Thompson; grandparents Romanus and Helen Stuekerjuergen;
grandfather Robert Swanson Smitherman; sisters Kristin Granger and Yvonne
A Mass of Christian burial was held at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dallas, under the direction
of Williams Funeral Directors of Garland. Father Terrence Jordon, Father
Emmett Waits, Father Donald Binder and Father Doug Travis officiated.
Memorial donations may be made to St. John's
Episcopal Memorial Fund.
OMAHA - Hazel Marie Watkins, 86, of Omaha, died
Monday, Oct. 4, 1999, in an Omaha nursing home.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 6, at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home Chapel of Hughes Springs. Marion Moon
officiated. Interment was at Oakridge Cemetery in Marietta.
Mrs. Watkins was born May 15, 1913, in Myra.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Watkins was a member of the Hughes Springs Church
She is survived by sons James Watkins and Melvin
Watkins, both of Hughes Springs, Joey Watkins of Naples, Jackie Watkins
and Zack Watkins, both of Omaha, Shirrel Watkins of Colorado Springs AFB,
Colo.; daughters Murlene Shaddix of Marietta, Loretta Williams of Lamar,
Ark., Barbara Higgins of Cookville; brother Obie Teague of Thackerville,
Okla.; sisters Eunice Byrd, Claudie Wilson and Odessa Wood, all of Corsicana,
Ruby Scoggins of Odessa, Pauline Model of San Angelo, Goldie Aaron of Happy,
Zada Smith of Amarillo; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one
great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin
James Taylor Watkins; son Noel Glen Watkins; and brothers Arthur Teague
and Coaka Teague.