Cherokee County, Texas

OBITUARIES JULY 2007

July 1, 2007

Laney Roe Minton

Services for Laney Roe Minton, 75, of Bullard, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2007, at Bullard Southern Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donnie Barron officiating, under the direction of Autry Funeral Home of Jacksonville. Burial will be at the Bullard Cemetery.

Mr. Minton died June 29, 2007, in Bullard. He was born Sept. 23, 1931, in Poynor, Texas. He worked for Nichols-Kusan for 30 years and the Smith County Road and Bridge crew for 14 years. Minton served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, and was very active in his church, Bullard Southern Baptist Church. He was a member of the Bullard Masonic Lodge and a member of the Bullard Cemetery Association.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Buchanan and Eula Mae Morton Minton; his daughter, Cindy Diane Minton; his brother, Lawrence Minton; and his sisters, Geraldine Zorn and Olga Jones.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, LaVerne Minton of Bullard; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Tammy Minton of Bullard; his granddaughter, Sarah Minton of Bullard; his sister, Alma Murphy of Jacksonville; his sister-in-law, Doris Minton of Jacksonville; several nieces and nephews and special grandchildren, Haley Murphy, Aubrie Murphy, Jesse Harris, Jayln Harris, Jenise Harris, Taylor Fountain, Libby Eitel, Molly Duncan and Taylor Fredrick.

Pallbearers include Arlin Harris, Jack Harris, Jack Cheek, Tom Oxford, W.T. Jennings, Jimmy Bain, Billy Jack Fielding and Albert Lee.

Honorary pallbearers include Merl Salmon, Le Grosdidier and Pat O’Connell.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the Bullard Southern Baptist Church building fund.

Verner James “Jimmy” Long Jr.

Funeral services for Verner James “Jimmy” Long Jr., 66, of Rusk are scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, July 2, 2007 in First Baptist Church in Rusk with Rev. Lee Welch and Rev. Jim Goforth officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk.

Mr. Long died June 29, 2007 at his residence. He was born February 12, 1941 in Jacksonville. He was a lifelong resident of Rusk.

He retired in 1993 as a Sign Man from the Texas Department of Transportation after 30 plus years of service. He served in the United States Navy from September 21, 1960 until June 26, 1964. He was a member of First Baptist Church for 34 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rusk. He was also manager of Cherokee Airport for 6 years.

Mr. Long is preceded in death by his father Verner James Long Sr., mother, Sydna LaVelle Dodd Long, and stepmother, Charlene Chapmon Long. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James Eric and Dana Diane Long of Rusk, Ryan Neal and Tammy Long of Rusk, mother of his children, Glenda Merriwether Long of Rusk, one brother and sister-in-law, Robert Byron “Bobby” and Patti Long of Tyler, three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Lila Jean and David Murray of Rusk, Judy Faye and Kelley Garner of Rusk, Rosemary Gould of Jacksonville, granddaughters, Sydna Brooke Long of Rusk, Faith Caroline Long of Rusk, Kristine Morgan Long of Rusk, Ashlyn Jade Long of Rusk, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Pallbearers will include William E. Tosh, Harold “Buz” Parrish, Billy W. Sessions, James Campbell, George Covington, and Don Wood. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Davis, Charles Henry Jones, Hugh McKean, Sam Florian, and Bo Kisinger.

Family will receive friends from 7- 9 p.m., Sunday, July 1, 2007 at the funeral home. If desired memorials may be made to First Baptist Church building fund, p.o. box 258, Rusk, TX 75785.

John (Mike) Acker

Services for John (Mike) Acker will be held at Beall Chapel Baptist Church in Jacksonville, at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 2, under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

Mr. Acker passed away on June 28, 2007. He was born on May 21, 1925 in Dialville.

Mr. Acker spent his childhood on the family farm in Dialville and he received his education in the schools there. John joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and worked as an aviation machinist. Upon his return from the Navy in 1946, John began his career as an electrician and serviceman with Sears Roebuck.. In 1964 he was named District Manager and John and his family moved to Dallas. He retired from Sears in 1985 after almost 40 years of service. John married his wife of sixty years, Dorothy Kennedy Acker, on March 22, 1947. He was a loving husband and during much of his wife’s long illness John was her primary caregiver. His attention and devotion to her has been an inspiration to many. After Dorothy entered Christian Care Center, John volunteered each day helping the nursing home staff in whatever way he could. He made many friends there and he will be missed.

His wife, Dorothy, precedes him in death. His children, Susan Nash, and Rodney and Judy Acker, all of Dallas survive him. His grandchildren, Brandy Jones of Dallas, Amy and James Carpinello, Shelley Acker, and Rachel Acker, all of Los Angeles, Sam Acker of Austin and two great grandchildren, Jack and Ava Carpinello, also survive him.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday July 2, 2007 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. or Christian Care Center of Mesquite.

Joe Leavins

Funeral services for Joe Leavins, 90, of Jacksonville, will be held Monday, July 2 at 2 p.m. in New Life United Pentecostal Church in Jacksonville with reverends A.B. Keating and W.E. Shiflett officiating under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Rusk.

Mr. Leavins died Thursday, June 28, 2007 in Jacksonville. He was born April 17, 1917 in Tuscaloosa, Oklahoma.

He worked for years as a contractor and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Jacksonville. He was also a faithful member of New Life Church of Christ.

Mr. Leavins is preceded in death by his wife, Marie Leavins, daughter Annette Paredes and son Ray Leavins.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Joyce Leavins of Anna, La. and James and Avis Leavins of Jacksonville; daughters and sons-in-law Mickie and Donald Guin of Jacksonville and Sheila and Gary Nugent of Centerpoint, La.; 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 4 great great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include William Baum, Bryan Howell, James Leavins, Jr., Danon Pate, Steven Norton and Harold Stem.

Honorary Pallbearers are Pete Young, Cecil Rawlinson, Archie Baum, Carl Baum and G.A. Baum.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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July 4, 2007

William “Bill” M. Webb

Services for William “Bill” M. Webb, 79, of Jacksonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2007, at the Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, in Jacksonville, with Chaplain Kenn Somerville officiating. Burial will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park, in Jacksonville.

Mr. Webb died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at a Jacksonville nursing home. He was born June 30, 1928, in Bon Weir, Texas, in Newton County. He retired from Boeing Aircraft, in Seattle, Wash., in 1985 with 30 years of service. Served in the U.S. Army and was discharged in 1947. He farmed in Jacksonville for 10 years and sold at Farmers Market. He was known by the locals as “Sweet Willy.”

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bertha belle Myers Webb Keys and William Palmer Webb; his brothers, Truman, Ed, Roy and Sam; and his sisters, Bertha and Bonnie Mae.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Billie Jo Webb of Jacksonville; his daughters Linda Sue Woolridge and husband Larry of San Antonio and Loujuana Church and husband Tim of Las Vegas, Nevada; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include David Michael George, James Paul George, Robert “Bob” Morgon, Marvin D. George, Jr., Chris McNertney and Nathan Somerville.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2007, at the funeral home.

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July 5, 2007

John N. Trantham

John N. Trantham, 79, a resident of Waco for the past 34 years passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at his residence. A visitation service will be Friday, July 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Bellmead Funeral Home. A private burial with the family will be schedule at a later date in Resthaven Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Mr. Trantham was born January 7, 1928 in Jacksonville to John William and Myrtle Lee (Rolan) Trantham.

He was a Korean War Marine Veteran and a member of the American Legion.

John graduated from Stephen F. Austin State College in 1952 and in 1954

received his Master of Education degree.

John, a high school football coach and athletic director in Texas and California, retired in 1974 from the public school system as Superintendent of Schools in Marathon. He had a great passion for football and continued writing X’s & O’s until his death.

He owned the Bellmead Nursing Home from 1967 till 1991 and attended Highland Baptist Church in Waco.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother William R. Trantham.

He is survived by Phyllis Trantham Fox the mother of his two daughters.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Regina Trantham Podsednik and husband William of Burleson of Texas, Angelia Gail Trantham of Porterville, Ca.; sister, Ruth Stark and her three children; two grandsons, Chad A. and Todd C. Podsednik of Burke, Va.; six great grandchildren.

Dorothy “Dottie” Welker Acker

Dorothy “Dottie” Welker Acker passed away July 2, 2007, in Jacksonville. Dottie, one of eleven children, was born March 18, 1915, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to parents, Alvin R. Welker and Minnie Koontz Welker, both deceased.

Dottie met A.G. Acker, Jr., while both were serving in the Navy during World War II, and they were married in California on July 24, 1945, almost 63 years ago. After the war, they made their home in Jacksonville, where Dottie was a Girl Scout leader for many years and an active member of the First United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She also belonged to the Alpha Omega Sunday School Class, “20-40” Supper Club, and the Cherokee County Genealogy Society.

She is survived by her husband, A.G. Acker, Jr.; her children, Godbey Acker and his wife Martha of Jacksonville and Donna Acker Hillin and her husband Tom of Houston. “Grand-mommy” also leaves behind five grandchildren, Tamara Acker May and her husband Ronald of Tyler, Bry Acker and his wife Jennifer of Arlington, Texas, Amanda Acker Grissom and her husband John of Bentonville, Ark., Thomas Greg Hillin and his wife Suzanne of Ventura, Calif., Chris Hillin and his wife Mavis of West Hollywood, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Riley May, Brayden Acker, and Avery Grissom. Dottie is also survived by a brother, Homer Welker and wife Anna Mae; a sister, Norma Smith; and a sister-in-law, Freida Acker.

The family would like to extend our love and deep appreciation to “Miss Dottie’s” wonderful caregivers: Vergie Lee, Gwen Herndon, Annie Myrul McClelland, Willie Mae Davis, and Dora Blanton. Also, a special thanks to the staff at Angelina House in Jacksonville.

Visitation will be held at the Autry Funeral Home, Thursday, July 5, 2007, from 7-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville, with the Rev. Kevin King and Dr. Faulk Landrum officiating. A private burial will follow.

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456, Jacksonville, Tx. 75766.

Kathaleen Williams Hensley

Funeral Services for Kathaleen Williams Hensley, 91, of the Spring Hill community, Longview, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2007, at Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James Cantey officiating.  Interment will follow in the Elmira Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hensley passed away Sunday, July 1, 2007, at Good Shepherd Hospital, Longview, following a short illness. 

Born Oct. 5, 1915, in Cherokee County to James Thomas (Tom) and Vernie Williams, she was lovingly known as “Nana” to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all their friends.  She was a graduate of Dialville High School in Cherokee County and married R. G. Hensley in 1935. R. G. and Kathaleen Hensley and their two children moved from Jacksonville to the Spring Hill community in 1945, where Mr. Hensley was first High School Principal and later Superintendent of the Spring Hill school district for many years. Mrs. Hensley worked for a time as a saleslady for Fedway, Thompsons, and McIntosh in Longview in the 1950’s. She and her husband relocated to Parker, Az., in 1965, where they lived for two years before moving to the Washington, D.C., area where Mr. Hensley was employed by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and Kathaleen served as a teacher’s aide at one of the elementary schools in Alexandria, Va.  They returned to Longview in 1971, where Mrs. Hensley, affectionately known as “Kathy” by her students and co-workers, served as a teacher’s aide in the Special Education Departments of several Longview ISD schools.

Mrs. Hensley was a long-time active member of Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  She was an avid gardener and a member of the garden club.  She was very creative and artistic and loved to sew, crochet, and quilt, having several award-winning quilts to her credit.

Mrs. Hensley was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Mr. R. G. Hensley. She is survived by one sister, Lela Mae Williams Moore of Houston, two children, Jerry Hensley of Houston and Dr. Barbara Hensley Modisette, of Longview, son-in-law James (Jody) Modisette of Longview, four grandchildren, Tom Hensley and wife Stacy of Houston, Philip Modisette and spouse Juanita of Atlanta, Ga., Bret Modisette and wife Della of Grand Prairie, and Jay Modisette of Longview, step-great-grandchildren, Sharon (Sherrie) Stoltmann, Brian Young, and Colin Young of Atlanta, Ga., Kennedy and Maggie Simpson and Madison and Mason Bartley of Tatum.

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July 6, 2007

Jimmie P. Magruder

Funeral services for Jimmie P. Magruder, 75, of Alto will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Salem Missionary Baptist Church near Rusk with Rev. Tommy  Mabry and Rev. Don Copeland officiating. Burial will be in the Corine Cemetery near Jacksonville.

Mr. Magruder died Wednesday in Tyler. He was born June 26, 1932 in Dialville, Texas  to A.G. & Daisy Crenshaw Magruder. Mr. Magruder lived most of his life in Alto. He was a devout Christian and a member of the Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

He had worked as an auto mechanic for many years in his home shop and also worked for Pearman Chevrolet & Pearman Dodge in Alto. He worked in Road Maintenance for  Cherokee County, Pct. 2 and was a long time member of the Alto Fire Department. He was preceded in death by sister, Ruth Caveness and brothers, Raymond, Herbert, Lewis & Kenneth Magruder.

Mr. Magruder is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie Magruder of Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Judy Magruder of Rusk;  daughter and son-in-law, Paulette and Ken Keeney of Houston, Texas;  grandchildren, JayAnna Dee Magruder, Jordan Page Magruder, Jenny Sue Magruder, Keaton Alan Butler, Jordan Magruder Butler, Raymond  Nash Keeney, Cray Fowler Keeney, Nathan Lyle Keeney and Graham Daniel Keeney.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Elvin Peacock, Tom Boy Logan, Toby Sartain, Warren Shely, E.R. Jones, Ronnie Norton and Joe B. Lusk.

Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Alto.

Ann Hunter

Funeral services for Ann Hunter, 65, of Frankston, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, Frankston, with Ron Thomas Officiating. Burial will be held at Frankston City Cemetery

Mrs. Hunter died Wednesday July 4, 2007 in Frankston. She was born Sept. 21, 1941 in Oak Grove.

Visitation will held from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday July 6, 2007 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Heart to Heart Hospice.

William “Bill” M. Webb

Services for William “Bill” M. Webb, 79, of Jacksonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2007, at the Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, in Jacksonville, with Chaplain Kenn Somerville officiating. Burial will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park, in Jacksonville.

Mr. Webb died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at a Jacksonville nursing home. He was born June 30, 1928, in Bon Weir, Texas, in Newton County. He retired from Boeing Aircraft, in Seattle, Wash., in 1985 with 30 years of service. Served in the U.S. Army and was discharged in 1947. He farmed in Jacksonville for 10 years and sold at Farmers Market. He was known by the locals as “Sweet Willy.”

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bertha belle Myers Webb Keys and William Palmer Webb; his brothers, Truman, Ed, Roy and Sam; and his sisters, Bertha and Bonnie Mae.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Billie Jo Webb of Jacksonville; his daughters Linda Sue Woolridge and husband Larry of San Antonio and Loujuana Church and husband Tim of Las Vegas, Nevada; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include David Michael George, James Paul George, Robert “Bob” Morgon, Marvin D. George, Jr., Chris McNertney and Nathan Somerville.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2007, at the funeral home.

Edna Rollins

Funeral services for Edna Rollins, 80, of Jacksonville, are pending with Thompson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Mrs. Rollins died Tuesday July 3, 2007 in Jacksonville. She was born Aug. 2, 1926.

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July 9, 2007

John M. Gilmore

Funeral services for John M. Gilmore, 77, of Rusk, will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at First United Pentecostal Church in Alto with the reverends James Littlefield and Keith Brooks officiating under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Burial will be at Still Waters Memorial Gardens, Jacksonville.

Mr. Gilmore died Saturday, July 7, 2007 at his residence. He was born June 8, 1930 in Pennington.

He worked for 35 years as a truck driver for C&H Transport and for 5 years with Bekins Transport Co. Mr. Gilmore was a member of First Pentecostal Church, Alto.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Gilmore of Rusk; sons, Johnny, James, Delbert, Mark, and Hulen Gilmore; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers for the service will be Mr. Gilmores grandsons.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 9, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to:

Hospice of East Texas

4111 University Dr.

Tyler, Texas 75701

Bobby “Frog” Frausto

A memorial service for Bobby “Frog” Frausto, 57, of Frankston, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday July 10, 2007 at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, Frankston, with Rev. George “Tutty” Folmar officiating.

Mr. Frausto died July 6, 2007 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born September 25, 1949, in Jacksonville.

Visitation will take place Just before the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

You may make donations to Hospice of East Texas or Texas Oncology in Lieu of memorials.

Darlene  McKinley

Darlene was born in Houston, the first born of four children to Tom and Frances Lunceford. The family moved to East Texas in 1974 and settled down in the small community Dialville.

Darlene was a gorgeous, high-spirited young girl who was always searching for something greater in life. She found that something at age 22: her Lord and savior Jesus Christ. From then on, there was no stopping her.

Darlene had no children of her own, for Gods plan for her was much greater. She worked with a lot of children and they loved her so. She was always a Sunday School teacher as well as the Sunday School bus driver. Darlene was also a very hard working young lady. She worked in a variety of fields during her life, including truck driving, factory work, Powell's Plant Farm and, finally, a small microscope business with her husband: Darlene married John Michael McKinley in 1992.

Darlene had a very active life-style. She was always on the go, working on something instead of resting or sleeping. Her hobbies were as vast as the Heavens. She loved to garden and could grow just about anything. She loved the outdoors and fishing and just being around water. She also loved to remodel homes. She had such elegance and sophistication that she could bring charm to any home. Because of her work ethic, she could also tear a home down, piece by piece, just to re-use the lumber on a new project.

Her greatest hobby was going to garage sales. She was always on the hunt for a great deal.

Sometimes, life throws you a curve-ball and you do your best to recover from it. In 1998, Darlene found out that she had breast cancer. The doctors told her that she had six months to a year if she did not have surgery, but there were no guarantees. She wanted to stay health and not be run down by chemotherapy or radiation.

Darlene’s faith in Jesus Christ was very strong and she knew that with him, all things are possible. So, she opted not to have the surgery and found other means of fighting the cancer.

Darlene started removing the caner herself, using creams and eating healthier and it worked until three months ago. God gave her nine more years of a very healthy and active life. But, as we all know, all good things must come to an end.

God had called Darlene home. He knew she was still searching for something greater. Darlene McKinley left our world in search of her new home on June 25, 2007. She passed away at her parent’s home in Dialville with the love and care from family that she so deserved.

She was preceded in death by her only brother, Earl Lunceford, Jr. She is survived by John Michael McKinley of Lake Strider; her mother and father; Two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Bill Brumit and Deborah and Mark Halsey; four nieces and one nephew-in-law, Amanda and Josh Baker, Ashley Hasley, Maygan Jarratt, all of Dialville; one great-nephew, Elijah Earl Baker; and one special aunt, Rachel Orsack of Dialville and many more in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Darlene was laid to rest in a small family plot near Lake Striker. In Lieu of flowers and food, it was Darlene’s request that a donation be made in her honor to the Hospice of East Texas. They are wonderful people and we could not have made it without them. God Bless them all.

Hospice of East Texas 4111 University Blvd.  Tyler, Tx. 75701.

Alice Brown

Funeral services for Alice Brown, 82, of Rusk, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Woodville Cemetery under the direction of Mercy/McGown Funeral Home. Viewing will take place at the Funeral Home Monday, July 9, 2007 from 2:30 thru 6 p.m.

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July 12, 2007

Ernest H. Martin

Funeral services for Ernest H. Martin, 83, of Rusk, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2007 in the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Ballard officiating. Graveside services with military rites will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2007 in Houston National Cemetery under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk.

Mr. Martin died July 11, 2007 in a Tyler hospital. He was born August 16, 1923 in Rusk to the late Johnston and Annie Berry Martin.

He was a resident of Rusk for 50 years and was a member of Sardis Baptist Church. He was a Transportation Foreman for Comal County. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion and of Disabled American Veterans. He served in the United States Army during World War II, and was in the forty-ninth tank destroyer division in the Battle of the Bulge. He was an avid camper and forty-two player.

He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia M. Martin May 10, 1993; sister Mary Bell Selman and brother, Raymond Martin.

He is survived by two sons, Howard Rudd of Lincoln, California and Fred Rudd of Lincoln, California; a daughter, Connie Nannen of Dallas; two step-daughters, Susan Bailey of Houston and Georgia Houghton of Houston; sister Lillian Corley of Alto; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and a special friend, Ann Spurgeon of Rusk.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 12, 2007 at the funeral home.

Thelma M. Mullinix

Graveside services for Thelma M. Mullinix, 71, of Maydelle, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2007 at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mullinix died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, in Fort Worth. She was born Dec. 22, 1935, in Hope, Ark.

She was a line leader with Champion Parts Rebuilders. She attended Temple Baptist Church of Fort Worth, was a member of the United Auto Workers Union and a full-time nanny.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Martha Anderson Edington.

Survivors include her husband, Clayton Mullinix of Fort Worth; her sons, Alan Clark of Hope, Ark. and Chip Mullinix of Calif.; her daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Tom Wimmer of Fairmont, Ind.; her grandsons raised as her own, James Clark of Hope, Ark. and David Clark of Fort Worth; her grandchildren, Jonathan Mullinix of California, Kevin and Elaine Wimmer of Jonesboro, Ind., Sharon and Todd Dashley of Martinez, California and Michelle and David Chandler of Bassett, Va.; seven great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2007 at the funeral home.

Weldon Jackson “Buddy” Dodd

Services for Weldon Jackson “Buddy” Dodd, 82, of Jacksonville will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2007 at First Baptist Church of Bullard, with the Rev. Frank Roberson and Joel Whitmire officiating, under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Jacksonville. Burial will follow in the Whitehouse Cemetery in Whitehouse.

Mr. Dodd died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at a Tyler hospital. He was born April 24, 1925 in Houchton, Georgia. He was the retired chief appraiser for the Huntsville Independent School District. He attended First Baptist Church of Bullard. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Huntsville, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his brother Ray Dodd and sisters Peggy Ray and Tacky Mitchum.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Dodd of Jacksonville, his son Rex M. Dodd of Tulsa, Oklahoma; his daughter Phyllis N. Duncan of Forney, Texas; his brothers George T. Dodd of Jacksonville and Byron Dodd of Whitehouse, his sister-in-law, Christine Dodd of Tyler his brother-in-law the Rev. Mitchum of Tyler; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Bryan Duncan, Ben Duncan, Cody Dodd, Jason Croley, Joel Payne and Anthony Salisbury.

Honorary pallbearers include Bradley Lewis, Larry Locke, Andy Devine, Gail Jackson, Eric Rodriguez, Randy Rodriguez and Rod Rodriguez.

Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at the funeral home.

Michael Anthony Cory

Memorial services for Michael Anthony Cory, 47, of Rusk, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007 in the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Keith Hassell officiating.

Mr. Cory died July 7, 2007, in a Jacksonville hospital. He was born March 7, 1960, in Ludington, Mich. He was a resident of Rusk for 24 years, formerly of Michigan He was an auto mechanic.

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July 15 , 2007

Charles Roy “Ricky” Jones

Funeral services for Charles Roy “Ricky” Jones, 56, of Rusk, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2007, in Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Rusk, with the Rev. Don Copeland officiating. Interment will be in Salem Cemetery under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk.

Mr. Jones died July 12, 2007, in a Jacksonville hospital. He was born March 28, 1951 in Rusk. He lived most of his life in Rusk. He also lived in Winnsboro, Texas for 14 years. He was a Baptist. He was a member of the Rusk Euclid Masonic Lodge 45 AF&A M. He served in the United States Army during the Germany Conflict.

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July 16 , 2007

 Loretta Jean Plummer Hughes

A memorial service for Loretta Jean Plummer Hughes, 55, Tyler, was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2007 at First Baptist Church of Owentown with Rev. James Tatum officiating under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home. Mrs. Hughes passed away on Friday, July 13, 2007 in Longview.

Mrs. Hughes was born on February 24, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri, to the late Joseph David and Norma Jean Banks Hennessey. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Owentown and was an artist and enjoyed painting dolls and crafts.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Mickey and Tern Hennessey and daughter LaDonna Michelle Wilkins.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Hughes of Tyler, sons Scott Plummer of Tyler, Robert Simons and his wife Renee of Dayton, Jesse Plummer and his wife Jessica of Columbia, TN and Roy Plummer of Baytown; daughter Andrea Plummer of Baytown, sister Sheila Funderburk of Sulphur Springs, brothers Pat and Tommy Hennessey of Jacksonville, grandson Blake Simons and many loving nieces and nephews.

If desired, memorials may be made to Toys for Tots or the children’s charity of your choice.

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July 17, 2007

Joseph Wilson Woosley

Funeral services for Joseph Wilson Woosley, 81, of Jacksonville will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at Autry Funeral Home.

Mr. Woosley died Wednesday, July 11, 2007 in Jacksonville. He was born April 5, 1926 in El Paso Il.

He held positions as both a real estate broker and a farmer during his life-time and was a member of Mason & Shriner.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William McKinney and Hildred Ann Talley Woosley and siblings, Lyle Woosley, Viola Altis and Lettie Farrell.

He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Woosley of Jacksonville; daughter, Carla Wise of Jacksonville; son Billy Woosley of Amarillo; grandchildren, Tommy, Toby, Cody, Tiffany, Jackie, Nora, Nancy, Nikki and William; 20 great-grandchildren and siblings Ann Burmaster, Kathy Hoyland, Martha Keehoma, Jim and Bill Woosley.

Moscoe Haynes

Funeral services for Moscoe Haynes are pending with Mercy/McGowan Funeral Home.

Mr. Haynes died Wednesday, July 11, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pa.

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July 18, 2007

Funeral services for Steve Stine, 48, of Frankston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, Frankston.

Burial will be held at Guiceland Cemetery in Grapeland.

Mr. Stine died Monday, July 16, 2007 in Henderson County.

He was born August 4, 1958.

Visitation is from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at Thompson Funeral Home, Frankston.

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July 19, 2007

Virginia Louise Sosby Blades “Nanny,”

Graveside services for Virginia Louise Sosby Blades “Nanny,” 80, of Crystal Beach, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007 at Jarratt Cemetery, Jacksonville, with Mr. Davy Carter officiating. Services are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Mrs. Blades passed on to another life late Wednesday, July 4, 2007 in Winnie. She will be reunited with her parents David and Alva Sosby, sister, Verna Mae and brother David Sosby, Jr.

Affectionately called “Sweet Nanny” by all who knew her, she will be sorely missed for her wit and wisdom and by her down-home East Texas cooking.

Born September 9, 1926 in Rusk, Mrs. Blades formerly worked for Southwest Distributing Co. in Houston. Later, she served on the Municipal Courts in Jacksonville and was a councilwoman in New Summerfield.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Kenneth Gose of Crystal Beach; sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Wendell Jordan of Kosse; grandson, Robert Shannon Gardner and wife Sheri; great-grandson, Camden Eugene Gardner; granddaughter, Leigh Erin Rivera and her husband Rodney; great-grandson, Raleigh Rivera and great-granddaughter Samantha Fluck, all of Crystal Beach; great-granddaughters, Ashley Fluck of Galveston and numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins from around the state.

Grace Bagley Clark Smith

Grace Bagley Clark Smith, 84, of Longview, formerly of Rusk, went to be with her Lord Monday July 16 in a Longview hospital.

Mrs. Smith was born July 1, 1923 in Rusk to the late James and Viola Manning Bagley. She was a coordinator for Rusk State Hospital and its mental health clinics.

She is survived by her son, Charles Clark of Longview; daughters Mary Clark-Minton of Jacksonville and Katherine Clark Meng of Coldsprings; grandchildren Chad Clark, Trudi Steen, Lisa Martin, Mike Hanson, Jr., Keith Hanson, Cody Hanson, Malina Meng and Alex Meng; great grandchildren Collin Clark, Taylor Clark, Cory Groves, Sidney Steen, Payton Steen, Noah Martin, Cade Clark, Macey Hanson, Jake Hanson, Tyler Hanson, Colton Hanson, Brantley Hanson and Taylor and Christopher Chandler.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Ed Hall

Funeral services for Ed Hall, age, 79, of Rusk are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2007 in Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Copeland and Rev. Odis Bryan officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk.

Mr. Hall died Tuesday, July 17, 2007 in a Jacksonville hospital. He was born November 5, 1927 in Fort Worth to the late Leslie Thomas and Jessie Netivie Hall.

He was a resident of Rusk for 13 years and formerly lived in Houston and Fort Worth. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Rusk. He retired from commercial refrigeration.

He is preceded in death by a son, Leslie Thomas Hall and stepson, Danny Reed; sisters, Vera Francis Hall and Doris Jene Smith Hall and nephew, John Wesley Smith. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Betty Hall of Rusk; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Eddie and Lynn Hall of Houston, Steven Hall of Fort Worth; step son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Janis Reed of Palestine; niece, Carlene Jenkins of Mineral Wells; eight step grandchildren, and two step great grandsons.

Pallbearers will include Chris Reed, Jeff Reed, Daniel Reed, Travis Reed, Eddie Hall, and Charlie Cornelius.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at the funeral home.

Elroy White

Services for Elroy White, 93, of Jacksonville, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007, at New Hope Baptist Church, with the Rev. C.L. Anderson, the Rev. Robert Christopher and the Rev. T.L. Walker officiating. Burial will be at Jacksonville City Cemetery.

Mr. White died July 17, 2007, in Jacksonville. He was born June 3, 1914, in Oak Hurst, Texas. He attended Churchill Public School and graduated from Fred Douglas High School. He was an active member of New Hope Baptist Church and was a retired granite monument cutter. He was also a member of the new progressive Masonic Lodge No. 357. He served on the deacon board as treasurer, trustee and church clerk, and was secretary of the Sunday School. He is preceded in death by his wife, Velma White; his parents, his son, Frenchell White; his grandson, two step-sisters and six step-brothers.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Stella White of Mesquite; his daughter-in-law, Roberta White of Jacksonville; his three granddaughters, Alisa White of Jacksonville, Evetta White of Mesquite and Sharon Shree Motley of Houston; his three grandsons, Andre White of Oklahoma City, Carlos White of Jacksonville and Jerome White of Jacksonville; his 12 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Donny Hogg, Lewis Session, Cecil Richardson, Willie Lee Claybrone, Radie Freeman and Earnest Ray Claybrone.

Honorary pallbearers include the deacons of New Hope Baptist Church, the Churchill Community and the stewards of Churchill C.M.E. Church.

Ola Saxon

Graveside services for Ola Saxon, 68, of Grapeland, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2007 at Liberty Hill Cemetery, Frankston with Rev. J. A. Griffin officiating under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Frankston.

Mrs. Saxon died Wednesday, July 18, 2007 in Tyler. He was born October 20, 1938

Visitation will be from 6– 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2007 at the funeral home

Obituaries for July 20, 2007

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July 20, 2007

Reverend John E. Fellers, D.D.

The Reverend John E. Fellers, D.D., age 72, died June 13, 2007, due to complications from a stroke. At the end he was attended by the wonderful staff of the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at The Methodist Hospital, his family, and the Reverend Terry Thompson, with prayers and the Holy Eucharist.

He was born in Brenham, and was reared in Houston. Husband, father, grandfather, friend, preacher, teacher, mentor, author, and a voice for inclusivity and tolerance for all, he lived his life to serve God and to help others.

Dr. Fellers had a distinguished and fruitful ministry spanning five decades and serving The United Methodist Church in Texas and Louisiana. He was organizing Pastor of Clear Lake Church in Clear Lake City, Sunset Church in Pasadena, St. Paul’s Church in Houston, First Church in Shreveport, and First Church in Alexandria. He also served as President of Lon Morris College and Executive Director of the Institute for Religion and Health in Houston. He was adjunct professor of preaching at the Houston Graduate School of Theology and a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas, both in Houston.

He was the author of three books Getting to Know a Loving God, Secrets for Successful Living, and An American Cathedral: A Centennial History of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents Russell Cone and Ona Petty Fellers, son-in-law Charles E. (Chuck) Cary, Jr., and sisters Irma Ziesemer and Ella Mae Wegner. Survivors include his spouse of 51 years Bobbie Smith Fellers, daughters Stephanie Cary, Eugenia Wainright and husband Wilson, Terri Lynne Alley and husband Tony, son Lawrence Russell Fellers and wife Elizabeth. Nine treasured grandchildren, Charles, Sean Eugene, and Elizabeth Jo Cary, Mather Wainright, Ainsley and Andrew Alley, Julia, Kennedy and Russell Fellers, sisters Gladys Rosenbaum and husband Charlie of Brenham, Emma Jewel German of Temple and Ruby Doris Harris and husband Sam of Waco, special family of in-laws George and Jan Smith, Olivia and Eugene Cosby, and Wanda Waits and several treasured nieces and nephews.

Dr. Fellers was a graduate of Austin High School, Houston, University of Houston, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, held an honorary doctorate from Wiley College, and did postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh.

The Reverend Dr. L. James Bankston, along with other Clergy and the Choir of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston will lead a Celebration of the Life and Ministry of Dr. Fellers with a service of Choral Evensong on Wednesday, July 25, at 4 p.m., following a private rite of committal in St. Paul’s Columbarium,

For those desiring to make memorial contributions, the family suggests they be made to the Walzel Matching Fund at St. Paul’s Church, 5501 Main Street, Houston, Texas, 77004, or to a charity of your choice.

Archie Burnell Delaney

Services for Archie Burnell Delaney, 74, of Jacksonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2007, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dan Middleton officiating under the direction of the funeral home. Burial will be at Jarratt Cemetery.

Mr. Delaney died July 17, 2007, in Jacksonville. He was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Jacksonville. He was a retired timber buyer who attended Cove Springs United Methodist Church. He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard 49th Armored Division. He is preceded in death by his parents, Style Elmer and Pearl Emerson Delaney; and his three brothers, James, J.W. and Tony Delaney.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Delaney and his wife Christy of Frankston; Jerry Delaney and his wife Terri of Navasota and Marcus Delaney of Gilmer; his daughter and son-in-law, Christi and Paul Gest of Jacksonville; his five grandchildren, Laney, Colter, Cody, Colton and Lauren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include Chase Delaney, Cody Delaney, Cole Delaney, Eric Trowbridge, Shawn Wilson, DeWayne Delaney and Ben Cooper.

Moscoe Haynes

Services for Moscoe Haynes, 54, of Philadelphia, Pa. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007, at the Kilgore Word of Truth Tabernacle, with Bishop Michael McCarty officiating, under the direction of Mercy/McGown Funeral Home. Burial will be at the City Cemetery of Kilgore. Viewing will be 6-7 p.m. at the Word of Truth Tabernacle in Kilgore.

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July 22, 2007

Harry Smith

Funeral services for Harry Smith, 88, of Frankston, will be held Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 2 p.m. in United Methodist Church of Frankston with Doug Howell officiating under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Burial will take place at Old Bethel Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Legacy Hospice. He was born May 3, 1919 in Eustace.

Mr. Smith formerly worked as a manager of DC Wholesale Plumbing Supply and was employed by Sabine Supply Company before and after his tour of duty. In 1951 he bought out a Hardware Store in Daisetta and in 1958 moved to Frankston.

He was a faithful member of United Methodist Church of Frankston where he was a member of the Chancel Choir.

He entered the U.S. Army Medical Corp in 1941, serving in North Africa and Italy where he was a Chief Warrant Officer and Master Sergeant during his tour of duty and was awarded the EAME Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars. He was a charter member of the VFW Post 5073 and a member of Franskston Riding Club & Trail Riders Association.

Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ida Cathy Smith; brother, Charles Smith; sister, Marry Alice Callahan.

Survivors include his wife, Velma Smith of Frankston; sons, Ronny Smith and Harry Roy Smith of Frankston, Dale Smith of Dallas; daughter, Jackie Lynn Rogers of Pittsburg, Texas; step-sons, Gary Sheeley of Bryan and Terry Sheeley of Frankston; step-daughters, Nelda Clayton of Katty and Karen Howell of Frankston; six grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and sister, Edith Burns of Humble.

Pallbearers include Brandon Sheeley, Jeremy Sheeley, David Sheeley, Bryan Clayton, Jason Smith, Roy Westbrook. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Crouch, Edmund Ortega, James Morris and Frank Harrison.

Visitation was Saturday, July 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.


Susan L. Foreman-Bowens

Services are pending for Mrs. Susan L. Foreman-Bowens, 43, of Dallas, formerly of Jacksonville, at Community Funeral Home of Jacksonville. Mrs. Bowens died Thursday, July 19, 2007, in Dallas.



Robert B. Odom

Funeral services for Robert B. Odom, 70, of Rusk, are pending with Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk. Mr. Odom died July 18, 2007.

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July 23, 2007

Blanche Elizabeth Dickson

Services for Blanche Elizabeth Dickson, 95, of Jacksonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at McDonald Cemetery in New Summerfield with Al Parr officiating under the direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home of Jacksonville. Burial will take place at the service.

Mrs. Dickson died Sunday, July 22, 2007 at a Jacksonville nursing home. She was born July 31, 1911 in New Summerfield. She spent most of her life in New Summerfield and Jacksonville.

She was a member of Corinth Road Church of Christ in Jacksonville. Mrs. Dickson was a lifelong homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her parents Dallas and Ellie Fox Jay; husband Elzie Dickson; daughter, Mary Beth Berry; grandson, Lind Berry; great-grandson Cody Berry; brothers, Gordon, Victor and Ross Jay.

She is survived by her son, Robert L. Dickson of Jacksonville; daughter and son-in-law, Monyene and Robbie Hammett of Henderson; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will take place Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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July 24, 2007

Ray E. White

Services for Ray E. White, 89, of Jacksonville, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville, with the Rev. Corbie Grimes and the Rev. D.L. Stewart officiating. Burial will be held at Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Mr. White died Sunday, July 22, 2007, in a Tyler hospital. He was born Nov. 18, 1917, in Reese, Texas. He was a retired truck driver and was a Baptist. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. White is preceded in death by his son, Marcus White; and his brother, Howard White.

Survivors include his wife, Mittie White of Jacksonville; his sons, Darrell White and wife Cindy of Gonzales La., Clayton White and wife Carol of Jacksonville, Byron White and wife Tina of Elkhart, Ralph White and wife Brenda of Weatherford; his brothers, Jolly J. White of Lindale, and Robert N. “Pete” White and wife Louise of Karnack; his sister, Maxine Gray of Jacksonville; his six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include Corey White, Bradley White, Howard White, Bobby White, Casey White and Don Wallace.

Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at the funeral home.

Sharon Patrick

Services for Sharon Patrick, 43, of Jacksonville, are pending with Autry Funeral Home of Jacksonville. Mrs. Patrick died Sunday, July 22, 2007, in Jacksonville. She was born July 31, 1963, in Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sharon Linville Patrick account at Austin Bank.

Lola Mae Folmar

Services for Lola Mae Folmar, 60, of Jacksonville, will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at Frankston City Cemetery, with the Rev. Bennie Brooks and the Rev. Michael Bobbitt officiating under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

Mrs. Folmar died Saturday, July 21, 2007, at a Jacksonville nursing home. She was born April 22, 1947, in Jacksonville. She was a machine operator with Builders Best and attended Abundant Life Tabernacle. She is preceded in death by her step-daughter, Delaine Phillips; and her grandson, Jared Phillips.

Survivors include her husband, Archie Folmar of Jacksonville; her step-sons, Wayne Folmar and wife Debrah, Kenny Folmar and Mike Folmar, all of Jacksonville; her daughter, Joyce Lobb and husband Brax Wayne of Jacksonville; her brothers, Freddie Chandler of Jacksonville, W.T. Chandler of Jacksonville, J.D. Chandler of White Oak, Lonnie Chandler of McAllen, Sammy Chandler of Okla., Hugh Chandler of Jacksonville, and Billy Chandler of Austin; her sister, Linda Teague of Jacksonville; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at the funeral home.

Nolan Ray Odom, Sr

Nolan Ray Odom, Sr., 55, of Tyler, passed away peacefully July 23, 2007 at his home. No services are planned at this time. Mr. Odom was born Sept. 4, 1951, in Athens to the late Benjamin and Nora Odom. He formerly worked in quality control at Tyler Pipe. He lived as a child in Jacksonville and has family in the area. For questions concerning memorials, please contact Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors in Tyler.

Susan L. Foreman-Bowens

Services for Susan L. Foreman-Bowens, 43, of Dallas, will be at noon Wednesday, July, 25, 2007, at Seminary Heights Church of Christ, with the Rev. Kelvin Dansby officiating. Burial will be in Jacksonville City Cemetery, under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

Mrs. Bowens died Thursday, July 19, 2007, in Dallas. She was born Feb. 24, 1964, in Jacksonville and she attended JISD schools. She was a resident of Cherokee County for 38 years, and a resident of Dallas County for five years. She attended the Church of Christ and was an assembly operator.

Public viewing will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2007. The family will receive friends and visitors at the funeral home from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2007.

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July 25, 2007

Robert Brittian Odom

Family mass for Robert Brittian Odom, age 70, of Rusk are scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, July 27, 2007 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Stephen Duyka officiating. Following the family mass, a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 27, 2007 in First Baptist Church Rusk with Rev. Don Copeland and Rev. Stephen Duyka officiating. Masonic and military graveside rites will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk.

Mr. Odom died July 18, 2007 in Reno, Nevada at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born August 7, 1936 at home in Maydelle to the late Walter and Annie Thelma Meador Odom.

He graduated from Dialville High School in 1954. He served in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1962 in ESP 3 Class. He retired from Southwestern Electric Service Company after twenty years of service. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rusk.

Mr. Odom had many other accomplishments such as being the Rusk Citizen of the Year in 1993 and in 1986 he was the Rusk Fireman of the Year. He was a member of the Rusk Euclid Masonic Lodge #45 AFAM for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Annie Thelma Meador Odom and sister Sue Pittilo. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Dana Shannon Odom; children, including Dennis Brittian Odom, Catherine Odom Sampson, Mark Finley Odom, Robert Wade Odom, Ann Marlene Odom Willis; sons-in-law and daughter-in-law Mikal Sampson, Amy Odom, Ched Willis; grandchildren, Luke, Johnny, Mark, and Matthew Sampson, Britt, Chase, Julie, Randall, and Emily Odom, Gabriela and Joshua Willis; three nieces, two nephews, six great nieces, seven great nephews, one great-great niece, and many other cousins.

Pallbearers will include Mark Odom, Wade Odom, Ched Willis, Luke Sampson, Randall Odom, and Britt Odom. Honorary pallbearers will be David Black, Max Thomason, Tommy Matthews, Mikal Sampson, Joe Mack Fulton, Randy Rasberry, Sammy Chapman, John Dean Chapman, Raymond Vermillion, Carlton Jones, Malcolm Hanson, James Long, Gary Meador, Billy Lovelady, Ewell Newman, James Campbell, Horace Oden, Richard Oden, and Jerry Oden.

Family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at the funeral home. A vigil service will be Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 8 p.m. at the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel. If desired, memorials can be made to the Catholic Relief Services, PO Box 17090, Balitmore, Maryland, 21298-9664, St. Judes Childrens Hospital, PO Box 2132, Memphis, Tennessee, 38101, and Shriners Hospital for Children-Galveston, 815 Market St., Galveston, TX 77550, Attn. Administration.

C.F. “Wimpy” Mullinix

Graveside services for C.F. “Wimpy” Mullinix, 72, of Ft. Worth, will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2007, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, with the Rev. Benson Kennedy officiating, under the direction of Autry Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

Mr. Mullinix died July 23, 2007, in Tyler. He was born July 18, 1935, in Maydelle. He was an aircraft machinist with LTV of Grand Prairie and was a Baptist. He served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Mullinix.

Survivors include his son, Chip Mullinix of Calif.; his two grandsons, James and David Clark; his brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Peggy Mullinix of Jacksonville; his nieces and nephews, Sally and Gary Smith, John and Connie McCarty, Molly and Steve Turnipseed and Elise Mullinix; his grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Melissa Smith, Dean and Jack McCarty and Michael Turnipseed; his step-son, Alan Clark of Hope, Ark; and his step-daughter and spouse, Kay and Tom Wimmer of Fairmont, Ind.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University, Tyler, Tx 75701.

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July 26, 2007

Ray E. White

Services for Ray E. White, 89, of Jacksonville, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville, with the Rev. Corbie Grimes and the Rev. D.L. Stewart officiating. Burial was held at Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Mr. White died Saturday, July 21, 2007, in a Tyler hospital. He was born Nov. 18, 1917, in Reese, Texas. He was a retired truck driver and was a Baptist. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. White is preceded in death by his son, Marcus White; and his brother, Howard White.

Survivors include his wife, Mittie White of Jacksonville; his sons, Darrell White and wife Cindy of Gonzales La., Clayton White and wife Carol of Jacksonville, Byron White and wife Tina of Elkhart, Ralph White and wife Brenda of Weatherford; his brothers, Jolly J. White of Lindale, and Robert N. “Pete” White and wife Louise of Karnack; his sister, Maxine Gray of Jacksonville; his six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers included Corey White, Bradley White, Howard White, Bobby White, Casey White and Don Wallace.

Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at the funeral home.

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July 27, 2007

Oddie Mae Langley

Services for Oddie Mae Langley, of Tyler, are pending with Mercy-McGowan Funeral Home of Jacksonville. Mrs. Langley died July 26, 2007, at her home in Tyler.

A memorial service for Sharon (Sherry) Patrick, 43, of Jacksonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at Larissa Cemetery under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Patrick died Sunday, July 22, 2007 in Jacksonville. She was born July 31, 1963 in Jacksonville and was a Baptist.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Francis Marion (Red) and Deloris Linville.

Survivors include her sister, Kathy Bivens of Lake Striker; brothers, David, Billy and Brandon Linville, all of Jacksonville; several aunts, uncles nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be Danny and Pete Gillion, Dale Evans, Mark Escueta, Rick McCormick, Mike Reynolds, Zach Clark and Jason Robert Langham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sharon Linville Patrick account at Austin Bank.

Sadena Fowler Sexton

Funeral services for Sadena Fowler Sexton, 53, of Jacksonville, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2007 at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, Jacksonville, with Mr. Phillip Strong officiating. Burial will be held at Henry Cemetery, Gallatin.

Ms. Sexton died Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at her residence. She was born July 25, 1954 in Houston. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include her parents, Alvin and Martha Martin of Jacksonville; brother, Victor Fowler of Jacksonville; sister, Myra Fowler of Rusk; step brother, John Martin of Rusk; step sister, Tracy Jinkins of Rusk; special friends Rochelle Williams, Renaldo Williams, Edward Williams and Bryan Cunningham, all of Jacksonville.

Pallbearers will be Ms. Sexton's nieces and nephews Marcy Kay Carr, Michael Sexton, Jr., Matthew Sexton, Kellie Fowler, Crystal Fowler, and Chastity Fowler.

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July 29, 2007

Jimmy Beasley

Services for Jimmy Beasley, 49, of Aransas Pass, formerly of Jacksonville, are pending with Autry Funeral Home of Jacksonville. The Rev. Richard Smith will officiate. Burial will be at Meador Cemetery.

Mr. Beasley died Friday, July 27, in Corpus Christi. He was born Feb. 11, 1958, in Overton. He was an air traffic controller and a realtor. He was a Baptist.


Sharon (Sherry) Patrick
A memorial service for Sharon (Sherry) Patrick, 43, of Jacksonville, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at Larissa Cemetery, under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.

Ms. Patrick died Sunday, July 22, in Jacksonville. She was born July 31, 1963, in Jacksonville. She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis Marion (Red) and Deloris Linville.

Survivors include her sister, Kathy Bivens of Lake Striker; her brothers, David Linville, Billy Linville and Brandon Linville, all of Jacksonville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Honorary Pallbearers include Danny Gillion, Pete Gillion, Dale Evans, Mark Escueta, Rick McCormick, Mike Reynolds, Zach Clark and Jason Robert Langham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sharon Linville Patrick account at Austin Bank.

August Joe Prcin

August Joe Prcin, 83, of Taylor passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007 at Granger Villa.

Visitation will be 6-8 PM, Friday, July 27, 2007 at Providence Funeral Home. Celebration of Life Service will be 2 PM, Saturday, July 28, 2007 at Providence Funeral Home with Rev. James Hejl officiating. Burial will follow at Taylor City Cemetery.

August was born on January 9, 1924 to Joseph and Emilie (Volcik) Prcin in Granger. He was baptized and confirmed at the Czech-Moravian Brethren Church in Granger, and later attended school at Friendship, Texas.

He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and fought on various islands in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WW II. August was awarded several medals, including four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

On January 11, 1947, he was married to Willadeen Wernli of Taylor. He worked for Texas Power and Light Company for over 40 years, retiring as crew foreman in 1986.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother Daniel Prcin.;one sister, Gardinia Konarek; and a grandson, Paxton Prcin.

He will be missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Willadeen Prcin of Taylor; son, Darrell Wayne Prcin and wife, Marla of Jacksonville, TX.; a daughter, Patricia Stiles and husband, Bo of Taylor; three grandchildren, Miles Prcin, Jason Stiles, Kristen Pittman and husband, Chris, and great-granddaughter, Scarlett Patrice Pittman. He is also survived by four sisters, Lydia Fuessel, Dorothy Zycha and husband, Johnny, Evelyn Leshikar and husband, Hudson, Sybil Schrader and husband, Donald, all of Taylor; and a brother, Victor Prcin of Belton

Pallbearers will be John Clark, Douglas Haverland, Miles Prcin, Victor Prcin, Jr., David Wernli, and Glenn Wernli.

Friends are invited to share their words of comfort in an online tribute at www.Providencefuneralhome.com in memory of August J. Prcin.

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July 30, 2007

Lou Mel Harvey

Funeral services for Lou Mel Harvey, 92, of Frankston will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday July 31, 2007 at The First United Methodist Church with Rev. J.A. Griffin and Rev. Doug Howell officiating. Music will be provided by Brooks Atwood. All under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Frankston, TX.

Burial will follow at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Harvey died Sunday, July 29, 2007 in Tyler.

She was born Feb. 7, 1915 in Cherokee County.

She was retired from Frankston Box Factory after 26 years. Prior to that, she worked at the City Cleaners, Burtis Gardner Drug Store and in the tomato packing business. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Frankston.

She was preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Mary “Minnie” Boles, her daughter Jo Ann Harvey Bostick, brothers Carrol Boles, A.J. (Jack) Boles, Frank Boles and Hershel Boles and her sister Ollie Dean.

Mrs. Harvey is survived by nephews Jerry Boles and his wife Susie of Frankston amd Jim Boles and his wife Monti of Frankston; great nieces Julie Dallas and her husband Chuck and their son Vance Dallas of Frankston and Michelle Yancey of Dallas; great nephews Jay Boles and his wife Phyllis of Frankston; Jody Boles and his wife Alicia of Palestine; Denny Boles and his wife Karla of Dallas and Rusty Boles and his wife Kathy of Round Rock; four great great nephews; four great great nieces and one great great great nephew.

Pallbearers are Jerry Boles, Jim Boles, Jay Boles, Jody Boles, Denny Boles, Rusty Boles, Chuck Dallas and Vance Dallas

Visitation is from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday July 30, 2007 at the funeral home in Frankston.

Memorials may be made to the Frankston City Cemetery Association P.O. Box 176, Frankston, Texas 75763; First United Methodist Church Frankston, TX P.O. Box 355 Frankston, Texas 75763 or Hospice Homeplace 4111 University Blvd Tyler, Texas 75701.

Virginia Barber

Services for Virginia Barber, 86, of Jacksonville, are pending at Autry Funeral Home.

Ms. Barber died July 29, 2007 in Jacksonville.

She was born December 29, 1920 in Cameron, Texas.

Deborha Hinton

Services for Deborha Hinton are pending at Mercy/McGowan Funeral Home.

Ms. Hinton died July 28, 2007 in Dallas.

Oddie Mae Langley

Services for Oddie Mae Langley, 77, of Tyler, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 31 at South Central Church of Christ under the direction of Mercy/McGowan Funeral Home.

Burial will be at St. Violet Cemetery.

The body will be at the church one hour early for viewing.

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July 31, 2007

August Joe Prcin

August Joe Prcin, 83, of Taylor passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007 at Granger Villa. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2007 at Providence Funeral Home. Celebration of life service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2007 at Providence Funeral Home with Rev. James Hejl officiating. Burial will follow at Taylor City Cemetery.

August was born on January 9, 1924 to Joseph and Emilie (Volcik) Prcin in Granger. He was baptized and confirmed at the Czech-Moravian Brethren Church in Granger, and later attended school in Friendship, Texas.

He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and fought on various islands in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WW II. August was awarded several medals, including four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

On January 11, 1947, he was married to Willadeen Wernli of Taylor. He worked for Texas Power and Light Company for over 40 years, retiring as crew foreman in 1986.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother Daniel Prcin; one sister, Gardinia Konarek; and a grandson, Paxton Prcin.

He will be missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Willadeen Prcin of Taylor; son, Darrell Wayne Prcin and wife, Marla of Jacksonville; a daughter, Patricia Stiles and husband, Bo of Taylor; three grandchildren, Miles Prcin, Jason Stiles, Kristen Pittman and husband, Chris,, and great-granddaughter, Scarlett Patrice Pittman. He is also survived by four sisters, Lydia Fuessel, Dorothy Zycha and husband, Johnny, Evelyn Leshikar and husband, Hudson, Sybil Schrader and husband, Donald, all of Taylor; and a brother, Victor Prcin of Belton.

Pallbearers will be John Clark, Douglas Haverland, Miles Prcin, Victor Prcin, Jr., David Wernli, and Glenn Wernli.

Friends are invited to share their words of comfort in an online tribute at www.Providencefuneralhome.com in memory of August J. Prcin.

Collin Carroll

Services for Collin Carroll, 21, of Rusk, are pending with Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Mr. Carroll died Sunday, July 29, 2007. He was born Aug. 1, 1985.

Jimmy Beasley

Funeral services for Jimmy Beasley, 49, of Aransas Pass, formerly of Jacksonville, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 in Autry Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Richard Smith and Philip Warren officiating under the direction of the Autry Funeral Home. Burial will be at Meador Cemetery.

Mr. Beasley died Friday, July 27, 2007 in Corpus Christi. He was born Feb. 11, 1958 in Overton.

His occupations included air traffic controller, realtor, mail carrier and Gunsmith at Kickapoo Trading Post in Frankston. He was also a Baptist and avid fly-fisherman.

He is preceded in death by his father, James Gordon Beasley. Survivors include his parents, Allene and Travis Meador of Jacksonville; sons, Jason Beasley of Jacksonville and J.T. Beasley of Maryland; sister, Kimberly McDuff of Jacksonville; grandmother, Rachel Meador of Jacksonville; niece, Brandi DeMarco; nephew Trent O'Neal and great-nephew Dylan Ferrell.

Pallbearers include Jeff Horton, Joe Bixler, Doyle Beasley, Paul Galyean, David Dennis and Weldon Lightsey. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Taylor, Jay Taylor and Chad Griffin.

Visitation will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Roy Allen Bentle

Funeral services for Roy Allen Bentle of Berryville are pending at Thompson Funeral Home, Frankston. Mr. Bentle died Monday, July 30, 2007 at his residence.

Lou Mel Harvey

Funeral services for Lou Mel Harvey, 92, of Frankston, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday July 31, 2007 at The First United Methodist Church with Rev. J.A. Griffin and Rev. Doug Howell officiating. Music will be provided by Brooks Atwood. All services will be under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Frankston. Burial will follow at Frankston City Cemetery.

Mrs. Harvey died Sunday, July 29, 2007, in Tyler. She was born Feb. 7, 1915 in the Bullard area.

She was retired from Frankston Box Factory after 26 yrs. Prior to that, she worked at the City Cleaners, Burtis Gardner Drug Store and worked in the tomato packing business. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church, Frankston.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Mary “Minnie” Boles; daughter, Jo Ann Harvey Bostick in 1952; brothers, Carrol Boles, A.J. (Jack) Boles, Frank Boles, and Hershel Boles; sister, Ollie Dean; and nephew, James Boles.

Survivors include his nephews, Jerry Boles and wife Susie of Frankston, Jim Boles and wife Monti of Round Rock; great nieces, Julie Dallas and husband Chuck and their son Vance Dallas of Frankston and Michelle Yancey of Dallas; great nephews, Jay Boles and wife Phyllis of Frankston, Jody Boles and wife Alicia of Palestine, Denny Boles and wife Karla Dallas, Rusty Boles and wife Kathy Round Rock;four great great Nephews; four great great nieces and one great great great nephew.

Pallbearers include Jerry Boles, Jim Boles, Jay Boles, Jody Boles, Denny Boles, Rusty Boles, Chuck Dallas and Vance Dallas.

Visitation was from 5:30p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday July 30, 2007 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Frankston City Cemetery Association P.O. Box 176, Frankston, Texas 75763, First United Methodist Church Frankston, TX P.O. Box 355 Frankston, Texas 75763 or Hospice Homeplace 4111 University Blvd Tyler, Texas 75701.

Virginia Inez “Ginger” Barber

Services for Virginia Inez “Ginger” Barber, 86, of Jacksonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 with the Rev. Michael Lewis officiating under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Burial will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Barber died Sunday, July 29, 2007 in Jacksonville. She was born Dec. 29, 1920 in Cameron. She spent most of her adult life as a homemaker and a legal secretary. She was a member of First Christian Church and was the churches first woman Elder.

She was a dedicated member of the PTA, Pink Ladies Auxiliary of ETMC and the Hyperion Study Club.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Brenda Barber of Bullard; husband, Lincoln Barber, Jr.; son, Lincoln Barber III; daughter, Ginny Barber Dumond; grandson, David Barber; and sister, Marjorie Weems.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Brenda Barber of Bullard, Steve and Kathi Barber of Arlington and Graig and Lana Barber of Jacksonville; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Grant and Afton Barber, Brandi and Anthony Katagas, Rick and Stephanie Lundrum, Lance and Michelle Morton, Casey and Clayton Kennington, Leigh and Charles Christie, Lincoln Barber IV, Matthew Dumond, Stacey and Bill Anderson; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will include Grant Barber, Chad Long, Anthony Katagas, Rick Lundrum, Lance Morton, Clayton Kennington, Charles Christie, Lincoln Barber IV, Matthew Dumond and Bill Anderson.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 31, 2007 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to The First Christian Church, 1920 Beaumont Street, Jacksonville, Tx. 75766.