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Anthony

MARIETTA - A.B. Anthony, 78, of Marietta, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at his residence in Marietta. 

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 9, at Oakridge Baptist Church under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Naples. The Rev. James Holliday officiated. The eulogy was presented by Dr. Tiffany Anthony. Interment was be at Oakridge Cemetery. 

Mr. Anthony was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Marietta. He was a lifetime resident of Marietta and a member of the Oakridge Baptist Church. Mr. Anthony was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired employee of Lone Star Steel, a farmer and a rancher. 

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law John and Linda Anthony of Naples, Lynn and Debbie Anthony of Naples and Dennis and Jo Anthony of Longview; daughter Louise Henderson of Houston; brother Rayford Anthony of Naples; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeffalona Anthony. 

Gaskin

NAPLES - Grady Gaskin, 89, of Naples, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Redbud Nursing Home in Naples. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples. The Rev. Glen Griffithl officiated. Interment was at Springhill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Richard Gaskin, Alan Gaskin, Adam Gaskin, Brent Gaskin, Jim Anderson and Rusty Anderson. 

Mr. Gaskin was born March 12, 1911, in Boaz, Ala. He was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Gaskin was a longtime resident of Naples and a retired employee of Lone Star Steel. 

He is survived by his sons J.D. Gaskin of Boaz, Ala., Lavigne Gaskin of Denton, Larry Gaskin and Melvin Gaskin, both of Naples; daughter Sue Presley of Tamarac, Fla.; brothers Joe Gaskin of Gadsden, Ala., Johnny Gaskin and Ernest Gaskin, both of Boaz, Ala.; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Johnson

Paul D. Johnson, 46, of Mount Pleasant died Thursday, June 8, 2000 at Titus Regional Medical Center.

A graveside service was held at Union Hill Cemetery on Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m.. Officiating were Harold Amerson and Melvin Murphy. Curry-Welborn Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Johnson was born on April 15, 1954 in Dallas. He was a resident of Mount Pleasant for 28 years. He was employed by Pilgrimís Pride where he worked as a tool room attendant and was a member of Cypress Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Betty Lockaby Johnson of Mount Pleasant; father Troy Johnson of Arlington; mother Patricia Price of Dublin; stepmother Helen Johnson of Arlington; one son and daughter-in-law Jeremy and Christi Johnson of Gilmer; one daughter Crystal Johnson of Mount Pleasant; three brothers Scott Johnson of Arlington, Jerry Johnson of Whitesboro and Robert Johnson of Trenton; sister Patrice Wellborn of Lewisville; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kelley

PITTSBURG - Elma McBroom Kelley, 87, of Pittsburg, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at East Texas Medical Center in Pittsburg. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at Community Chapel in Seminole under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home in Seminole. The Rev. Emmit Barnard officiated. Interment wasat Gaines County Cemetery South in Seminole. Erman Smith Funeral Home of Pittsburg was in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Kelley was born July 28, 1912, in Larane, La., the daughter of John Tom and Lulamae Norsweather McBroom. Mrs. Kelley was a Baptist.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Vernon and Vivian Kelley, James Preston and Sandra Kelley, William Evans and Carol Kelley, all of Pittsburg, Billy Don Kelley of Seminole; daughters and sons-in-law Eugena Mae and Edward Langley and Angela and Eddie Gene Landrum, all of Pittsburg, Ruby Jean and Bobby Fox of Beekmon, La.; daughters Carolyn Danysh of Pittsburg and Jennette Langley of Seminole; 40 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, James M. Kelley; son Roger Dale Kelley; daughters, Pauline Cash, Naomi Lee Thurman; two brothers, Wayne McBroom, Marvin Dunken; sisters, Erlene Hunter, Margert Dunken.

Kenas

Walter Ray Kenas, 72, of Mount Pleasant, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at the DeBerry Funeral Directors Chapel in Denton. Dr. Clint Davis officiated. Interment was at Blue Mound Cemetery north of Denton. Pallbearers were Steve Copeland, Ray Havins, Ray Ellison, Ricky Palmer, Billy Palmer and Sherman Smith. 

Mr. Kenas was born April 17, 1928, in Sanger, the son of Walter Kenas and Mabel (Anthony) Kenas. He married Pearl Wright on Aug. 6, 1999, in Mount Pleasant. Retired from General Motors, he was a former resident of Denton and Weatherford. Mr. Kenas was a member of First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant. 

He is survived by his wife Pearl Kenas of Mount Pleasant; son Stanley Kenas of Weatherford; daughters Linda Burton of Aztec, N.M. and Sharon Terry of Durango, Colo.; stepson Terry Wright of Round Rock; stepdaughter Brenda Skidmore of Mount Pleasant; brother Billy Kenas of Denton; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Miller 

TALCO - Paul Arley Miller Sr., 88, of Talco, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Calvary Baptist Church in Talco under the direction of Curry-Welborn Funeral Home of Mount Pleasant. Brett Castle will officiate. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant. Pallbearers were Alex Miller, Chris Miller, Craig Miller, Jarrod Miller, Clinton Gage and Barry Gage.

Mr. Miller was born Oct. 8, 1911, in Sageeyah, Okla., the son of Marion A. Miller and Cora Clemmer. He had been an oil field worker for Exxon. Mr. Miller was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Talco.

He is survived by his wife Rae Ann Miller of Talco; sons and daughters-in-law Paul A. Jr. and Sue Miller of Talco, Jerry Rae and Betty Miller of Jackson and Billy Gene and Dianna Miller of Mount Vernon; grandchildren Barry Gage, Clinton Gage, Dillon Miller, Helena Vanagas, Amanda Sloan, Angela Pierce, Alexander Miller, Christopher Miller, Craig Miller and Melissa Miller; great-grandchildren Connor Gage, Taylor Pierce, Brandon Pierce, Valerie Miller, Destiny Miller, Tristan Miller; sisters Connie Lampshire and Ella Weller. 

Newman

  Yevonne Slone Newman, 57, of Mount Pleasant died Wednesday, June 7, 2000 at UT Medical Center in Tyler. 

Services were held at Bates-Cooper Chapel on Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m. Brother Howard Petty and Brother Charles Newman officiated. Interment was at Gladewater Cemetery in Mount Pleasant.

Mrs. Newman was born July 21, 1942 in Mount Pleasant. She worked as a telephone operator and was a member of Ripley Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband Jerry Newman; stepmother May Slone of Mount Pleasant; son Richard D. Newman of Mount Pleasant; brothers Robert Slone and James Swafford, both of Mount Pleasant; sister Julia Clausan of San Matea, Calif.; grandchildren Joshua Bradford of Mount Pleasant, Michael Newman and Ariel Newman of Mount Pleasant; cousins Sylvia Cochran and Marvie Goates, both of Maple Springs. She was preceded in death by her mother Annie Lee Slone and father Robert A. Slone. 

Palmer 

Betty Jean Palmer, 70, of Mount Pleasant, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Titus Regional Medical Center. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Church of the Living God PGT in Mount Pleasant under the direction of Tumey Mortuary of Mount Pleasant. The Elder Paul Alexanderl officiated. Interment was at Searcy Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. Pallbearers were Don Armstead, Wayne Minter, Charles Sowells, Vincent Hurndon, Bobby Turner and Larry Hurndon. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Palmer, Paul Palmer, Robert Meeks, Rickey Hurndon, Elrodrick Smith, Robby James, Cambraun James and Jakarti Meeks. 

Mrs. Palmer was born Feb. 24, 1930, in Durant, Okla., the daughter of Dewitt and Vera (Allen) Phillips. An alumni of Booker T. Washington High School in Mount Pleasant, Mrs. Palmer graduated from a beauty school in Dallas. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of the Living God PGT in Mount Pleasant.

She is survived by her husband Percy Palmer of Mount Pleasant; daughters Percy Jean Palmer Meeks and Ruby Palmer James, both of Mount Pleasant; sister Ethea Faye of San Antonio; aunt Johnnie B. Ross Stanberry of Mount Pleasant; sons-in-law Robert Meeks and Rickey Hurndon, both of Mount Pleasant; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Perez

QUANAH - Victoria Perez, 76, of Quanah, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Mount Pleasant.

Mrs. Perez was the mother of Mount Pleasant resident Julia Barbosa. 

Mrs. Perez was born May 23, 1924, in Bastrop. She was a housewife and a Catholic. 

She is survived by son Ricky Fuentes of Jacksonville; daughters Julia Barbosa of Mount Pleasant, Mary Collazo of Garden City, Kan., Geneva Flores of Jal, N.M., Rosario Gomez of Quanah, and Angelita Trejo of Carrollton, Ga.; brother Juan Perez of Post; sisters Maria Santos Perez, Romona Gonzales and Angelita Rosas, all of Post; 35 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Alexander Fuentes in 1973.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Holy Cross Catholic Church under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home of Post. The Rev. Malcolm Neyland will officiate. Interment was at Terrace Cemetery. 

Self

GREENWOOD COMMUNITY - James Randol Self, 64, of the Greenwood Community, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000 at East Texas Medical Center in Mount Vernon following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 9 at the West Oaks Funeral Chapel at 3 p.m. Officiating was the Rev. Craig Toney. He was assisted by Ricky Self, J.T. Self and Lonnie Moore. Military graveside rites were conducted by the Hopkins County Veterans Coalition.

Mr. Self was born on April 25, 1936 in Hopkins County to Marion James and Mary Jane Rushing Self. He married Wanda Jo Foster on July 8, 1967 in the Greenwood Community. He was a disabled veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Vietnam War and the Seven Day War. He was also a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church, a student at Paris Junior College, and coached Little Dribblers basketball for several years. 

He is survived by his wife Wanda Jo Foster of the Greenwood Community; three sons Randy Glen Self of Sulphur Springs, Ricky Don Self and James Talton Self, both of the Greenwood Community; two daughters Tonya Renee Walker and Rhonda Gail Reynolds, both of the Greenwood Community; one brother Lester Self of the Greenwood Community; five sisters Ida Lawrence and Dorothy Clem, both of Sulphur Springs; Levata Ishmael of Pine Forest, Lois Wright of Detroit and Geneva Crowson of Lubbock. He is also survived by eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, L.T. and Floyd Royal Self; two sisters, Dora Fay Self and Alma Mae Truxell.

Thomas

OMAHA - Dinah Thomas, 54, of Omaha, died Thursday, June 9, 2000 at her residence in Omaha.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 12 at Omaha Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Turner officiating. Interment was at Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home Inc. in Naples. Pallbearers were Jimmy Brown, Greg Brown, John Thomas, Charles Lee, Thad Hall, Hal Ward.

Mrs. Thomas was born Oct. 27, 1945 in Blue, Okla. She was a longtime resident of Omaha, an office clerk at Browns Omaha Plant House and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include husband Ronnie Thomas of Omaha; son and daughter-in-law, Chet and Ragayla Thomas of Whitehouse; two daughters and son-in-law, Kim and Steven Crocker of Marietta, Misty Thomas of Mount Vernon; three brothers, John Stinson, Marion Stinson, William Stinson, all of Durant, Okla.; sister Mary Ellen Owens of Stillwater, Okla.; three grandchildren, Ashton, Emily and Allison.

Wilcox

PITTSBURG - James Wilcox, 68, of Pittsburg, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000 at Pittsburg Nursing Center.

A graveside service was held atr 11 a.m. Thursday, June 8 at Reeves Cemetery in Panola County. Officiating the service was the Rev. Cecil McLeod. Erman Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements

Mr. Wilcox was born Oct. 9, 1931 in Wells. He was the owner and operator of Wilcox Construction Co. in Nacogdoches, where he lived before moving to Pittsburg. He was retired from Angelina County where he worked road construction. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Lufkin.

Survivors include his wife Garland Wilcox of Pittsburg; his mother Bell Lindell McCarty Wilcox of Lufkin; three sons and one daughter-in-law Dennis and Mary Ann Wilcox of Nacogdoches, Tommy Wilcox of Lufkin, George Wilcox of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law Donna Jo and Roger Tubbs of Lufkin; sister Juanita Hindsman of Mississippi; half-brother C.B. McCarty of Lufkin; eight grandchildren. Mr. Wilcox was preceded in death by his father, William F. Wilcox and one brother.

Memorials may be made to Cypress Basin Hospice.

Williams 

AUBURN, Ala. - Former Mount Pleasant resident Marion Elizabeth Tedford Williams, 81, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, in Auburn, Ala.

Graveside funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at City Cemetery in Sulphur Springs under the direction of Bates-Cooper Funeral Home of Mount Pleasant. The Rev. Bob Waters officiated. 

Mrs. Williams was born Feb. 2, 1919, in Sulphur Springs, the daughter of Archer Dickson Tedford and Vera Barclay Tedford. She earned both a bachelor of science degree in education and a master of science degree in library science from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce. A long time resident of Mount Pleasant from the time of her marriage in 1938, Mrs. Williams taught elementary school here for 30 years prior to her retirement in 1979. In 1990, Mrs. Williams was named Retired Teacher of the Year for the Mount Pleasant Independent School District. She was a member of Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church and moved to Auburn, Ala., in 1997.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Jane and Dr. Jimmy D. Ferguson; granddaughters Carol Elizabeth Ferguson and Katherine Tedford Ferguson, of Auburn, Ala.; niece Stacey Lynn Tedford Mayo and nephew Stephen Dickson Tedford. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, T.L. Williams, in 1989.

Young

LONE STAR - David Harold Young, 51, of Lone Star, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000 in a Daingerfield nursing home. 

Services were held be at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home Chapel in Hughes Springs on Friday, June 9, at 2 p.m. The service was officiated by the Rev. Scott Darby and the Rev. Don Peek. Burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery in Cason.

Mr. Young was born Dec. 14, 1948 in Pittsburg. He was employed in the construction industry and attended Trinity Bethel Church in Daingerfield.

Survivors include his father David Haskell Young of Lone Star and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maydale Young and one brother, Clyde Wayne Young.


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