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McKelvey 
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. 

Clark 
BACLIFF - Flaura Bell Clark, 77, former resident of Mount Pleasant, died Saturday, April 17, 1999, at Casa a Special Hospital in Houston. 
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. 

Acy 
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 CME Church. 
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. 

Hargraves 
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. 

Holcomb 
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 Cemetery. 
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 her parents. 
Memorial donations may be made to Cypress Basin Hospice and/or St. Mark's Episcopal Church. 

Jones 
William Michael (Mike) Jones, 43, of Mount Pleasant, formerly of Palestine, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. 
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. 

Kirk 
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. 

McCoy 
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. 

Roach 
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 officiated. 
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. 

Wall 
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. 

Walton 
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. 

Wommack 
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 Creekmore Cemetery. 
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.

Banks 
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 Terrell. 
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. 

Cassata 
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. 

Crooks 
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. 

Efurd 
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. 

Matthews 
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. 

Palmer 
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 and friends. 
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Duncanville. Interment was at Little Bethel Cemetery. 

Stuekerjuergen 
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 Gibney. 
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. 

Watkins 
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 of Christ. 
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.


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