Cherokee County, Texas
OBITUARIES MAY 2008
May 7, 2008
PAULINE E. WISE
Funeral for Pauline E. Wise, 96, of Alto was at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Alto First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Kirby Hill officiating. Burial was in Old Palestine Cemetery.
Mrs. Wise died April 28. She was born April 13, 1912, in Lott to Archie B. and Myrtle Brooks Robinson. She lived in Alto for the last 33 years and attended the First Baptist Church. She formerly lived in Houston for many years, where she worked as a butcher for Weingarten's & Lewis-Coker.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Bill Tardy and Eddie Tardy; a daughter, Patricia Crump; two sisters, Dorothy Doyle and Edna Brown; a brother, Edward Robinson; and grandsons, Jim Crump, Jay Tardy, Ronald Tardy Jr. and Ronald Fredrick Tardy.
Survivors are a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Everett Rozell of Douglass; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jimmy Tardy of Crosby and Don and Elizabeth Tardy and Ron and Karen Tardy, all of Spring; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Harry Moore of Rusk; two nephews, Merrill Doyle and James Brown; two nieces, Joyce Yauch and Donna Payne; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Tommy McClure, Gary McClure, Larry McClure, Durand Tardy, Randy Tardy, Ermon Gipson and Jim Hardy Jr. O.T. Allen & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Graveside service for Jo Moore, 74, of Alto was at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the Alto City Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Gates officiating.
Mrs. Moore died April 28. She was born March 27, 1934, in Noth Zulch to Fred and Laura King Lawson. She lived in Alto for several years and was a Baptist. She worked as a waitress in a cafe that she and her husband owned and operated in Silsbee. They also owned a Chevrolet dealership.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Tom Moore; two brothers, Dimmie Johnson and Hubert Johnson; a sister, Doris Lawson and a niece Marilyn Logan.
Survivors are a brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Nelda Lawson of Alto; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Tom Logan of Alto and Lois and J.A. Henley of Cleveland; two nephews, Steve Logan and Dennis Henley; and three nieces, Melinda Gates, Teressa Gardner and Laura Ayers.
Pallbearers were James Mason, Elvin Peacock, Josh Few, Jerry Knott Sr., Steve Logan and David Alexander.
O.T. Allen & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial graveside service for Danny Stevenson, 59, of Rowlett, was at 1 p.m. Saturday at Earle's Chapel Cemetery.
Mr. Stevenson died April 24 in Garland. He was born April 16, 1949, in Stamford. He served in the U. S. Army.
Preceding him in death were his parents, James E. and Freda L. Williams, and brothers Kemmy Shane Williams, Larry Gene Williams and Kenny Rane Williams.
Survivors are special friend, Hollie Jones of Rowlett; stepmother, Patsy Williams of Maydelle; brothers and sisters in-law, Jimmy and Debbie Williams of Rusk and Tommy and Karen Williams of Rowlett; step-brothers, Kelly Moore of Tyler, Randle Moore of Tyler and Cavin Moore of Maydelle; step-sister, Tammie Yates of Jacksonville; nephews, Adam Williams of Rusk and Rickey Williams of Rowlett; and niece, Crystal Williams of Rowlett.
Arrangements were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.
MARY LOU NUNN KELLAR
Funeral for Mary Lou Nunn Kellar, 87, of Killeen, was at 2 p.m. May 2 at Autry Funeral Home chapel with Don Brown, Vernon Lee and Barnwell Anderson officiating.
Burial was in the old city cemetery in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Kellar died April 28. She was the widow of Gerald Dean Kellar, who died in 2001. He served as president of Central Baptist College; Jacksonville College and BMA Theological Seminary, both in Jacksonville; and Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, Miss.
Mrs. Kellar attended Jacksonville College, Baylor University and Stephen F. Austin University. She received her masters and bachelors degrees from Stephen F. Austin and associates degree from Jacksonville College. Her teaching career spanned over 45 years, beginning in public school in 1940 in Palmer. She also taught public school at Parkwood High School, Joplin, Mo. But her passion was Christian education, having taught at Jacksonville College, Central Baptist College and Southeastern College.
She was also a writer and authored children's Sunday school literature for the BMA for more than 20 years, as well as a contributing writer to Focus magazine. She has two published books, "Whither Thou Goest," a study in the book of Ruth and "Pride of Springfield," a biography of her husband.
Dr. and Mrs. Kellar retired to Ding Dong in 1998 to make their home with their daughter and son-in-law, Jerrie Sue and Tony Cleaver of Killeen (Ding Dong).
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Huff. Other survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Mark and Sondra Kellar of Tomball; nine living grandchildren; and a brother Gordon Nunn of Galveston; eight great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Douglas Mc- Donnieal, James Spivey, Shelley Cleaver, Jimmy Cleaver, Wayne Beal, Ronnie O'Dell, Dr. Jack Isbell and Dr. David Heflin. Honorary pallbearers were Pat Ware and John Fredrick.
Memorial services for Dorothy Smith Gunn McLaughlin, 88, of Rusk was at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Rusk First Baptist Church with the Rev. Lee Welch and the Rev. Clifford Horton officiating. She died April 30. She was born Oct. 16, 1919, in St. Paul, Minn. to the late Lawrence R. and Ethel Edna Jackson Smith.
She was a resident of Houston before moving to Rusk 10 years ago. She graduated from John H. Reagan High School in Houston. Mrs. McLaughlin retired in January 1981 from Fidelity and Deposit Company in Houston after 25 years of service.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Rusk and the Study Club.
Preceding her in death were her husbands, William B. Gunn, Floyd A. Hutcheson, Philip L. McLaughlin; and sister, Margaret E. Smith. Survivors are one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Beverly Gunn of Quitman; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sylvia Orton of Johnson City, Barbara and Bill Chadwick of Rusk and Mary and Tim Son of San Antonio; a step-son, James McLaughlin of Austin; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Wallace-Thompson was in charge.
Graveside service for Chester Whitaker, 83, of Dallas was at 4 p.m. Friday at Meador Cemetery with the Rev. James Blaylock officiating.
Mr. Whitaker died April 28. He was born January 13, 1925, in Henry County, Ky. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Dallas and Union of Auto Workers. Mr. Whitaker was a retired warehouseman for Purex Corp.
Preceding him in death were his wife Fanny Lou Whitaker, brother William Forest Whitaker and nephew Johnny Purvis.
Survivors are daughter and son-in-law Diane and Don Richardson, Brunson, Fla.; step sons Victor White, Dallas and Tom White, Dallas; sister Mamie Purvis, New Castle, Ky.; nephews Forest Dee Whitaker, Smithfield, Ky., Dale Glenn Whitaker, Smithfield, Ky. and Cecil Ray Whitaker, Pendleton, Ky.; nieces Judy P. Wilson, Shelbyville, Ky. and Rhonda M. Carpenter, Smithfield, Ky.; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren- Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.
FLORENCE A. CORONA
Funeral for Florence A. Corona, 77, of Channelview was at 3 p.m., Sunday in the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Raines and the Rev. Brandon Miles officiating. Burial was in Sardis-Edgefield Cemetery. Mrs. Corona died April 30. She was born September 15, 1930, in Houston to the late Ray Lee and Ethel Boyd Wilson. She was a resident of Channelview 15 years, formerly of Houston. She was a member of Glendale Baptist Church in Houston, taught Sunday School and was also a homemaker. Survivors are a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Karon O'Gorman of Sardis; two sisters and brother-in-law, Lois and James Turrentine of San Antonio and Aline Willy of Houston; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jackie O'Gorman Jr., Andrew Watson, Steven Schochler, Matthew Patrick, Dustin Clayton and Pat Gill.
BONNIE COTTRELL GILLEY
Graveside service for Bonnie S. Cottrell Gilley, 78, of Tyler was at 2 p.m. Saturday at Salem Cemetery in Rusk with Rev. Rudy Bond officiating.
Mrs. Gilley died April 30. She was born on July 29, 1929, in Rusk to the late Juel and Nellie Buxton Cottrell. She was reared on a farm near Giddings in Old Dime Box. She moved to Rusk at an early age where she attended Rusk High School. Mrs. Gilley worked as a night auditor for Best Western Hotel in Tyler and was a member of New Life Worship Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mildred Cottrell.
Survivors are her husband of 57 years, Lloyd L. Gilley of Tyler; two sons and daughters-in law, Lloyd E. and Cloie Gilley of Lindale and Joel R. and Gretchen Gilley of Denton; a daughter, Suzanne Gilley of Tyler; a granddaughter, Priscilla Gilley; a brother and sister-in law, Neiley Ray and Joy Cottrell of Spring; and four sisters, Ruby Jackson of Jacksonville, Ruth Knutson of Tyler, Betty Henderson of Tyler and Lela Chachere of Whitehouse.
Pallbearers were Lloyd E. Gilley, Joel Gilley, Mondo Duran, Tony Duran, Kip Jones and Kevin Jones. Stewart Funeral Home of Tyler was in charge. To express condolences, visit www. stewartfamilyfuneral.com.
PAUL FRANCIS MOSELEY
Funeral for Paul Francis Moseley, 69, of Rusk will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 7 in the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Don Copeland and the Rev. Clifford Horton officiating. Burial will be in Moseley Cemetery.
Mr. Moseley died May 3. He was born Jan. 24, 1939, in Rusk to the late Martin L. and Ruby Murphy Moseley. He attended Rusk schools and was a member of the Rusk First United Methodist Church. He was the owner of Paul's Pecan Supply. In 1980 he moved to Carrolton, Ga., then returned to Rusk in 2003. Preceding him in death were his grandparents James H. and Emma Dupree Moseley; his parents; step mother, Jane Stoy Moseley; uncle, James R. Moseley; aunt, Mildred Moseley Turney; long time companion, Mary Frances Long; and canine companion, Lady.
Survivors include numerous cousins and a host of friends as well as a brother and sister-inlaw, James and Becky Moseley of Ashburn, Va.; nephews, Jason and Ben Moseley of Ashburn, Va. He is also survived by cousins, Dolores Bryson of Rusk, Elizabeth Rylander of Lubbock, Mary Ella Bolton and Roselyn Scott, both of Rusk.
Pallbearers will include Seguine Bolton, James Jared, Charles Booker, Ernest Hudnall, Robert Grogan and Raymond Spivey. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jim Swink and cousins Kelly Moseley, Mike Moseley, David Caldwell, John Caldwell, Glen Caldwell and Erik Holmlin.
JEAN RAWLINSON MCQUAIDE
Graveside service for Jean Rawlinson McQuaide, 71, of Jacksonville was at 2 p.m. Monday at Union Grove Cemetery near Jacksonville with Ronnie McGee officiating. Mrs. McQuaide died Friday. She was born April 5, 1937, in Tatum.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors are her husband, Larry McQuaide; daughters and sons in-law, Debra and Doyle George and Cathy and Oley Willis, all of Jacksonville and Donna Reaves of Longview; sons, Larry Rawlinson of Jacksonville, Eddie McQuaide of Thrall and Ken Rawlinson of Beaumont; brother and sister in-law: Floyd and Glenda of Moseley, New Diana; sister and brother in-law,Dorothy and Travis Gregg of Longview; sister in-law, Mattie Bell Freeman of Goodrich; brother in-law and wife, Henry and Sarah McQuaide of Bryan; three grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren.
JOHNNIE MAE MABRY
Funeral for Johnnie Mae Mabry, 93, of Rusk will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 7, at Salem Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Mabry officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemeter.
Mrs. Mabry died May 4. She was born May 20, 1914, in Helmic to the late John Quincy and Mary Etta Davidson Hicks. She was a resident of Rusk most of her life and a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Rusk. Preceding her in death were her husband, Henry Mabry; son, Captain Donald H. Mabry; daughter, Ima Jean Lloyd; two great grandchildren, Justin Fritz and Kayla Denn. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Sandra Mabry of Rusk; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthie and Norman Smith of Houston, Bessie and Laymon Fritz of Conroe, Janis and Tommy Campbell of Fairfield; 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home was in charge.
May 14, 2008
MARIA (MARY) REYES
Funeral for Maria "Mary" Reyes, 61, of New Summerfield was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Autry Funeral Home chapel with Reyes Mendez and Larry Martin officiating.
Burial was in Still Waters Memorial Garden.
Mrs. Reyes died May 4. She was born Oct. 26, 1946, in Alamo. Mrs. Reyes was a homemaker.
Survivors are her husband Juan Rangel Reyes Sr. of New Summerfield; a son Juan Rangel Reyes Jr. of New Summerfield; four daughters Rosita Reyes Wofford of Jacksonville, Maria Anna Miller of Troup, Esperanza Reyes Buckle of Mansfield, and Rachel Guerrero of Jacksonville; three brothers Olidion Cerda, Dino Cerda and Christopher Cerda, all of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and three grandchildren Brian Buckle, Samuel Anthony Reyes and Cristian Raul Guerrero.
MILBURN (PEE WEE) DUDLEY
Funeral for Milburn (Pee Wee) Dudley, 65, of Jacksonville was at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, at Autry Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. David Hallum officiating. Burial was in Tecula Cemetery.
Mr. Dudley died May 6. He was born Sept. 11, 1942, in Jacksonville. He was retired from production at Kelly Springfield. He served in the National Guard and was a member of Afton Grove Baptist Church and member of Rubber Workers.
Mr. Dudley was preceded in death by grandson, Dustin Dudley; parents, Hollis and Carmen Dudley; and infant sister, Wilma Dudley.
Survivors are his wife, Loma Dudley of Jacksonville; a son and daughter-in-law, Phillip Paul and Carrie Dudley of Price; daughter and son-in-law Lisa Deeann and Dale Meeks of Jacksonville; twin brother and sister-in-law, Wilburn Lee and Maudie Dudley of Lindale; and brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Gay Dudley of Jacksonville; six grandchildren, Lauren Dudley, Kylie Dudley, Destiny Dudley, Devon Anderson, Justiss Dudley and Jo Anne Meeks; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were David Dudley, Steve Dudley, Lance Dudley, Bryan Smith, Pat Smith and Michael Stine.
ETHEL COLE MCCUISTION
Funeral for Ethel Cole Mc- Cuistion, 87, of Alto was at 11 a.m. Thursday in the O.T. Allen & Son Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Dick Dobbins officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery.
Mrs. McCuistion died May 6. She was born Dec. 21, 1920, to Elmer Franklin and Ludie Gaston Cole.
She lived most of her life in Alto. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cold Springs United Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Herman Lee McCuistion; a brother, Elmer Gaston Cole; and a sister, Mamie Sue Williams.
Survivors are a daughter and son-in-law, Lynda Carol and Lloyd Hudson of Rusk; a son and daughter-in-law, Frank Herman and Barbara McCuistion of Lumberton; four grandchildren, Taresa Smith and husband, Troy of Reklaw, Jana Smith of Port Neches, Alan McCuistion of Dayton and Gary Hudson of Rusk; four great-grandchildren, Nicole Smith, William Smith, Austin Smith and Kaelyn Mc- Cuistion.
TREVOR GAUGE LANKFORD
Funeral for Trevor Gauge Lankford, 5, of Rusk was at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Rusk First Baptist Church with the Rev. Curtis Oliver officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Trevor died May 8 in a Rusk hospital of injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was born Nov. 15, 2002, in Nacogdoches and resided in Rusk. He was enrolled in Pre-K at Mt. Enterprise. He attended Branded By Christ Cowboy Church in Rusk. His mother, Cherry Lynn Grimes, also died of injuries sustained in the accident. He is survived by his father and step mother, Donald and Lindsey Lankford of Rusk; step-father, Phillip Grimes of Rusk; sister, Lauren Sierra Lankford of Rusk; halfbrother, Trenton Glenn Lankford of Rusk; grandparents, Donna Faye Miller of Rusk, Terry and Harley Matthews Jr. of Monroe, La., Billy W. and Lori Lankford of Rusk and Jan and Steve Conway of Rusk; great-grandparents, Billy and Bessie Lankford of Rusk, James P. Miller of Shreveport, La. and George and Allene Wagner of Hooper, Neb.; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Pallbearers were Neill Holcomb, Wayne Morgan, Terry Phillips and James Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers were other members of the Rusk Fire Department. Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home was in charge.
CHERRY LYNN GRIMES
Funeral for Cherry Lynn Grimes, 31, of Rusk was at 4 p.m., Tuesday, at the Rusk First Baptist Church with the Rev. Curtis Oliver officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Mrs. Grimes and her son, Trevor Gauge Lankford, died May 8 of injuries sustained in an auto accident. She was born August 6, 1976, in Bossier City, La. She was a resident of Rusk for 13 years, formerly of Shreveport, La. Mrs. Grimes was a member of Branded By Christ Cowboy Church in Rusk and employed as a bank teller at Franklin Bank in Carthage. She had previously worked at Franklin Bank in Rusk. Preceding her in death were grandparents, Mary Porter Miller and Horace and Betty Matthews Sr.
She is survived by her husband, Phillip Grimes of Rusk; daughter, Lauren Sierra Lankford of Rusk; two step sons, Dakota Grimes of Rusk and Trenton Glenn Lankford of Rusk; father and step-mother, Terry and Harley Matthews Jr. of Monroe, La.; mother, Donna Faye Miller of Rusk; father-in law and mother-in-law, David and Pamela Grimes of Rusk; two brothers-in-law and sister in law, Shane and Tina Callaway of Rusk and Jeremy Grimes of Rusk; grandparents, James P. Miller of Shreveport, La., George and Allene Wagner of Hooper, Neb.; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Pallbearers were Shane Callaway, Jeremy Grimes, Steven Brown, Robert Jenkins, Jason Jones and Michael Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Desoto Drilling and Franklin Bank Employees. Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home was in charge.
BETTY RUTH MILES
Funeral for Betty Ruth Miles, 76, of Jacksonville will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Trampus Black officiating.
Burial will be in West Shady Grove Cemetery at Pierce's Chapel.
Mrs. Miles was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Jacksonville. She died Saturday, May 10.
She was a member of Pierce's Chapel Methodist Church and was a retired lab supervisor for a chemical company. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Miles.
Survivors are a son and daughter in-law, Curtis and Laura Miles of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Christopher Miles and wife Jennifer of Salt Lake City, Utah and Amber Sanchez and husband Chez of Coffee City; and five great-grandchildren, Madelein Sanchez, Noah Sanchez, Olivia Sanchez, Grace Sanchez and Luke Sanchez, all of Coffee City.
Funeral for Dorothy Jean (Doa) Dotson, 83, of Jacksonville was at 10 a.m. Monday Autry Funeral Home chapel with Phillip Strong officiating. Burial was in Still Waters Memorial Garden. Mrs. Dotson was born on Jan. 11, 1925, in Kaufman County to the late Thurman and Ruby Holland. She died on May 9. She was a homemaker, and was a member of the Southside Church of Christ of Jacksonville.
Survivors are her husband of 63 years, Glynn Adean Dotson of Jacksonville; daughter & son in law Sue and Frank Dublin of Jacksonville; grandsons and spouses, Trey and Megan Dublin of Bullard and Dean and Jill Dublin of Sachse; and great grandchildren, Trevor, Trenton, Tyton, Thatcher, Tate, Jackson, Walker and Julianna.
Pallbearers were Charles Humphreys, Alvin Martin, Pete Betts, Eddie Arrington, Mike Terry and David Warren.
DERECK DELON ROSS
Funeral for Dereck DeLon Ross, 25 of Alto will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at St. Thomas Chapel CME Church in Alto. Burial will be St. Thomas Chapel Cemetery.
Mr. Ross died Thursday. He was born Sept. 26, 1982, in Madisonville to Woodie and Selethia McKnight Ross. He lived most of his life in Alto and was a member of the St. Thomas Chapel CME Church. He was an Alto High School graduate and was employed at Lufkin State School.
Survivors are his parents, Woodie and Selethia Ross of Alto; grandparents, Lonnie Ann Ross and Woody Ross, both of Alto; brother, Trimaine Ross of Alto; aunts, Natasha McKnight and Latonya Tryon, both of Crockett; uncles, Darrell Roos of Alto, Larry McKnight, Joe McKnight and Gary McKnight, all of Crockett. O.T. Allen & Son is in charge of arrangements.
KHLYANA R. DUNN
Graveside service for Khlyana Ranae Dunn was Saturday at St. Thomas Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Lionel H. Whitaker officiating.
She was born May 9.
Survivors are her mother, Rotisha Hamilton of Alto; her father, Larry Dunn of Athens; grandparents, Jo Ann Hamilton of Alto, Felicia Naylor of Hudson and Larry Naylor of Chicago, Ill.; great-grandmother, Goldie Hamilton of Alto.
BYRON THEO PARSONS
Funeral for Byron Theo Parsons, 91, of New Summerfield will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Autry Funeral Home chapel with Dr. Edwin Crank officiating. Burial will be in McDonald Cemetery.
Mr. Parsons died Sunday and. He born Nov. 22, 1916, in Gallatin.
Mr. Parsons was a building contractor, carpenter, a member of First Baptist Church in New Summerfield and served on the New Summerfield school board. He was preceded in death by wife, Cleo Merle Parsons; daughter, Beverly Sue Parsons; brother, Alvis Parsons; and sister Maxine Chupp. He is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Bryon and Vickie Parsons of Missouri City and Rodger Parsons of Jacksonville; brother and sister in-law, Thomas and Letha Jo Parsons, Rusk; sister Doris Hassell, Rusk; sister-in-law Ruth Glynn Holcomb, Jacksonville; three granddaughters and spouses Stacy and Daniel Oberle, Cypress, Kimberley and Jay Nabors, Brenham, and Cori Kelley of Flint; 4 great grandchildren Emma, Eliza and Ella Oberle, all of Cypress and Colton Kelley, Flint; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jay Nabors, James Greenwood, Robin Parsons, Gayle Parsons, John Combs, and Sam Brown, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Rodney Hassell, Marcus Hassell and Kenneth Martin.
DORIS LOREE COLKIN
Funeral for Doris Loree Colkin, 83, of Gallatin was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Autry Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Robin Parsons officiating. Burial was in Henry Cemetery at Gallatin.
Mrs. Colkin died May 8. She was born April 17, 1925, to the late W.O. and Annie Chandler. She was reared in Gallatin. She was a member of the Gallatin Missionary Baptist Church and a nurse.
She earned her R.N. degree at Scott and White Hospital. In 1951 she married the late Joe T. Colkin. They moved to Ennis where they reared their family and later retired in the Gallatin community.
She is preceded in death by her husband Joe T. Colkin and brothers, Arlie, Minyard and Herman Chandler.
Survivors are a sister Goldie Mason of Liberty City; two sons and a daughter-in-law Tom and Birdie Colkin and Don Colkin, all Gallatin; two daughters and a son-in-law, Margie Colkin of Rusk and Linda and Jack Gauntt of Lindale; five grandchildren Adam, Jeremy and wife Morgan, and Mary Gauntt, Leigh Anne Colkin, and Zoe Ruben; and one great-grandson, Jaxson Gauntt.
Pallbearers were Rex Chandler, Randy Chandler, Jeremy Gauntt, Adam Gauntt, Andrew Winship and George Winship.
May 21, 2008
OPAL HARPER COOK
Funeral for Opal Harper Cook, 74, of Jacksonville, was at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Autry Funeral Home chapel. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park. Mrs. Cook died May 11. She was born Jan. 10, 1934, in Noonday. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband, Shelby (Homer) Cook; parents, Charlie Harper and Nancy Lorene Austin Harper; brother, Floyd Edward Harper; and step son, Walter Cook.
Survivors are brothers and sister-in-law, Oscar C. Harper of Jacksonville and Rudy Preston (Freddie Harper) and wife Faye of Arkansas, Aubrey Lee and Sharon Harper of Mexia, Robert Earle and Mary Harper of Jacksonville, James Eddie and Rebecca Harper of Tyler, David Wayne Harper of Jacksonville and Thomas Luther and Brenda Harper of Tyler; a sister Sharon Harper Coates of Jacksonville; four grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
GERTIE LEE BAKER DUDLEY
Funeral services for Gertie Lee Baker Dudley, 94, of Jacksonville was at 10:00 Thursday at Autry Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Dale Jamerson and the Rev. R.S. Dyess officiating. Burial was in Jarratt Cemetery.
Mrs. Dudley died May 12. She was born April 17, 1914, on the county line of Henderson and Anderson counties. She was one of 13 children born to Benjamin Wesley Baker and Fannie Scott Nevills Baker. She lived in Jacksonville most of her life. She was a life-long member of the Craft Baptist Church.
Preceding her in death are her husband Jack Johnson Dudley; three sons Thurman Lynn Wallace, Ronald Glenn Wallace and Robert Earl Dudley; her granddaughter, Nikki Nicole Dudley; her greatgrandson, Payton Scott Diers; her son-in-law, Paul Wayne Bonner; and numerous sisters and brothers.
Survivors are three sons and daughters-in-law, Jackie and Joy Dudley of Jacksonville, Claude and Vickie Dudley of New Mexico, and Frank and Lori Dudley of Huntsville; six daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Sonny Brown of Jacksonville, Bonnie and Earl Hulsey of Henderson, Charlotte Bonner of Mt. Selman, and Beth and Billy Lomax of Jacksonville; sisters Julia Gowin of Jacksonville, Rachel Meador of Jacksonville and Pearl Henderson of Washington; 22 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Kip Franklin, Nick Dudley, John Dudley, Jason Dudley, Chase Birdwell and Scott Diers.
JOE S. BURTON
Funeral services for Joe S. Burton, 72, of Jacksonville was at 2 p.m. Thursday at Autry Funeral Home chapel. Burial was in Jarratt Cemetery.
Mr. Burton died May 11. He was born March 4, 1936, in Jacksonville. Mr. Burton was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was retired from United Gas Pipeline in Houston as a maintenance worker.
He is survived by wife Judy Burton of Jacksonville; four sons and daughters-in-law Randy and Renee Burton, Larry and Terry Burton, and Daniel Lee Gattis, all of Jacksonville and Dale and Toni Gattis of San Antonio; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Donnie Ray of Jacksonville; a sister, Ann Corbin of New Summerfield; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Roy Traylor, Royce Traylor, Gaylon Hooton, Simon Hernandez, Mike Bolton, Jerry Dennis, Bill Terry and Darrell Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers were Greg Taylor and Ernest Lewis.
Funeral for Doug Allen, 77, of Rusk, was at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Autry Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Rains officiating. Burial was at 3 p.m. Saturday at Resthaven Cemetery in Silsbee.
Mr. Allen died May 13. He was born January 11, 1931, in Port Arthur. Mr. Allen was a member of the New Life Pentecostal Church in Jacksonville.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Lucille McDaniel of Buffalo; brothers, Clarence McDaniel, Wray McDaniel and Charles McDaniel; and a brother-in-law, Johnny J. B. Berry. Survivors are a sister, Susie Berry of Maydelle; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Keith, Colter Smith, David McDaniel, Dannie McDaniel, Dustin McDaniel and Devin McDaniel.
JEAN RUTH VAN CLEAVE
Graveside service for Jean Ruth Van Cleave, 73, of Jacksonville was at 2 p.m. Friday, at Meador Cemetery with the Rev. Eric Johnson officiating.
Mrs. Van Cleave died May 13. She was born March 27, 1935, in Houston to Johnie Harris and Ruby Erskine Harris. She was a Baptist and a retired nurse.
Mrs. Van Cleave was preceded in death bya son, Thomas Dwayne Van Cleave and parents Johnnie and Ruby Harris. Survivors are her husband of 57 years Kenneth (Bud) Van Cleave of Jacksonville; sons and daughters-in-law Richard Van and Lujene O'Dell Van Cleave of Arlington, B. Keith and Melissa Van Cleave, and K. Dale and Sheila Van Cleave, all of Jacksonville; sister and brother-in-law, Susie and Chuck Russell of Georgetown; brother and sister-in-law Osa and Alice Harris of Houston; grandsons Adam Van Cleave of Arlington and Drew Van Cleave of Lake Jackson; great grandson, Tyler Van Cleave of Lake Jackson; nieces, Alicia Howard of Jupiter, Fla. and Elizabeth Jean Singhurst of Austin; nephew, Ken Russell of Burnett; cousin and family Nancy and Reb Bacehus of Georgetown; uncle, Tom Erskine of Corpus Christi. Autry Funeral Home was in charge.
EVELYN POPE NORROD
Funeral for Evelyn Pope Norrod, 82, of Lufkin was at 10 a.m. Monday at Carroway- Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with Charles M. Roberts officiating. Graveside service was at 1 p.m. at Providence Cemetery.
Mrs. Norrod was born May 23, 1925, at Pierce's Chapel to Delia Stanley and Preston Claiborne, and died Friday, May 16. A former resident of Jacksonville and Rusk, Mrs. Norrod resided in Lufkin since 1953. She was a member of Denman Avenue Baptist Church. Preceding her in death were her husband, L.W. (Dub) Pope; sisters, Voleta Florence and Bonnie Domino; and brother, Jack Bolton.
Survivors include her husband, Robert (Rej) Norrod of Lufkin; son and daughter-inlaw, Mark and Debbie Pope of Lufkin; stepsons and daughters in-law, Earl and Kathy Norrod and Ben and Dixie Norrod, all of Lufkin; grandsons and wives, Greg and Amber Pope of Leander and Ryan and Angela Pope of Rosevine; step-granddaughter, Dr. Holly Norrod of Charlotte, N.C.; step-grandsons, Arlie Conner of Lufkin and Jason Conner of San Antonio; great granddaughter, Kylie Pope of Leander; great-grandson, Cade Pope of Rosevine; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joy and Tex Allison of Huntington and Janell and Jerry Seton of Jacksonville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Derwin and Sandra Bolton of Jacksonville and Cecil and Flodean Bolton of Pasadena; step-sisters and brothers-in-law, Madeline Mines, Bonnie and Nolan Slider, all of Pierce's Chapel, and Nelda and Spencer Gray of Athens; and step-brothers and sisters-in-law, Waymon and Dianna Claiborne, Clennon and Doris Claiborne, all of Pierce's Chapel, and Gerald and Daphine Claiborne of Nixon.
Pallbearers were George Taylor, Dick McKay, Russell Cummings, George Rowe, Vernon Horton, David Hanover, Jim Wright and Don Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Charles Lewis, Steve Reynolds, Charlie McLain, Pete Lane, Tex Allison and Brother G.W. Glidden.
ALINE W. KINCAID
Graveside service for Aline W. Kincaid, 91, of Rusk was at 11 a.m. Friday at Salem Cemetery with the Rev. Don Copeland officiating.
Mrs. Kincaid died May 13. She was born April 6, 1917, in Malvern, Ark. to the late Billie and Pearl Grant Bledsoe. She was a resident of Rusk for 25 years and formerly was from Little Rock, Ark. She was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Rusk and a waitress. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. (Bill) Kincaid on Oct. 3, 2001. Survivors are a step-daughter, Janice Meredith of Hot Springs, Ark. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were under the direction of Wallace- Thompson Funeral Home
OPAL SMITH RAILTON
Graveside services for Opal Smith Railton, 84, of Jacksonville was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Donnie Sadler officiating. Mrs. Railton died May 14. She was born on the family farm in New Summerfield Feb. 28, 1924, the youngest of seven children to Stephen Elzie and Ida Elizabeth Dosier Smith. She graduated from New Summerfield High School and Lon Morris College. She lived in Dallas for the next 52 years. After attending Draughns Business School, she worked for the Pillsbury Co. and American Petroleum Institute. She worked for API until she was 70 and the Dallas office closed. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elton E. Smith who was a father figure to her, Edgar (Curley) Smith and William Smith; sisters Alpha Lear Smith Way and Jewel Smith Tanner; and great nephew, Michael Joe Smith.
Survivors are one sister, Marjorie Smith Hurt of Odessa; and nieces and nephews, Joe Smith and wife Betty Lou of New Summerfield, Joe Hurt of Kingwood, Steve Hurt of Odessa, Myers R. (Bob) Hurt and wife Patti of Plano, Junior Smith and wife of Tyler; great-nieces, Rebbecca Smith Fink and husband Michael of Henderson, Robin Alice Hurt of Kingwood and Hallie Hurt of Odessa; great-nephews, Stephen Hurt, Kingwood, Sam Hurt, Odessa, Ben and Robby Hurt of Plano; and great-great niece, Cheyenne Fink of Henderson. Autry Funeral Home was in charge.
Graveside service for Martha Doherty, 76, of Jacksonville was at 10 a.m. Friday at Resthaven Memorial Park with Deacon Ruben Natera officiating.
Mrs. Doherty died May 14. She was born Nov. 29, 1931, in Crandall to Gene and Lucille Caldwell. She was a homemaker.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Frank Doherty. Survivors are one son, John Patrick Doherty of San Antonio; four daughters, Mary Frances Doherty and Martha Jean Doherty, both of Jacksonville, Judith Ann Doherty of Houston and Cathleen Yeager of Rockport; a sister, Marygene Mullins of Houston; and four grandchildren. Autry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
JAMES TRAVIS SESSIONS
Funeral for James Travis Sessions, 78, of Houston, was held Friday, May 16, at the Houston First Baptist Church with the Rev. Arthur Craig officiating. Burial was at Atoy Cemetery. Mr. Sessions was born in Alto on Sept. 29, 1929, to the late D. M. (Rhide) Sessions and Ida Sessions and died Sunday, May 11. He attended Texas State School for the Deaf in Austin. He was an active and faithful deacon at Houston's First Baptist Church and Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church, being involved in the deaf ministry for many years.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Sessions, and a brother, Rudolph Sessions.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Gertrude; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Ron and Donna and Dennis and Cara, all of Houston and Alan of Austin; six grandchildren; four sisters, Fatha Brogan, Shirley Franklin, Mary Franklin and Virginia Sessions; two brothers, Joe Sessions and Billy Sessions; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were under the direction of Vazquez Funeral Home.
EVELYN PAULINE CRAWFORD
Funeral for Evelyn Pauline Crawford, 88, of Wells will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Mount Hope Cemetery with the Rev. Horace Fletcher and the Rev. Clayton McClendon officiating.
Mrs. Crawford died May 18. She was born June 29, 1919, in Rockland to Bill and Paralie Hughes Foster. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, had lived most of her life in Wells and was a homemaker and a farmer. Preceding her in death were her husband, Troy Crawford; a daughter, Patsy Jacobson; three sisters; and a brother.
Survivors are a son, Mike Crawford of Wells; three daughters and two sons-inlaw, JoAnn Trahan of Sour Lake, Troylene and Glynn Blackmon of Baytown and Linda and Jerry Goodwin of Wells; 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Frank Beathard, James Miles, Robbie Crawford, Nathan Lynn Thompson, Curtis Ray Crawford, Wayne Fletcher, Jerry Goodwin and Glynn Blackmon.
SARAH MCCANN IRWIN
Funeral for Sarah McCann Irwin, 93, of Reklaw will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Dickie Allen Funeral Home Chapel in Cushing with Jack Orbison officiating. Burial will be in Walker Chapel Cemetery.
Mrs. Irwin died Sunday. She was born July 26, 1914, in Long Branch to Benjamin Holland and Emily Worley McCann. She lived most of her life in Reklaw and also resided in Houston and Lufkin. She was a homemaker and a member of the Reklaw Church of Christ. Preceding her in death were her husband, Luke H. Irwin; a daughter, Frances Ann Irwin; sons, Luke Irwin Jr. and Paul Rodney Irwin; grandson, Rodney Ray Irwin; brothers, Bill McCann, Carl McCann, Bennie McCann, Tate McCann; and sister, Julia Oden.
Survivors are two sons and a daughter-in-law, John H. Irwin of Reklaw and Byron and Patrica Ann Irwin of Spring; Grandchildren, Debbie Kubecker, Darla Hope, Keith Irwin, Byron Michael Irwin and Eric Irwin; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Akin, Byron Michael Irwin, Eric Irwin, Larry Irwin, Gary Irwin and Josh Irwin.
JOHN ROBERT (JACK) BARBER
John Robert (Jack) Barber of Jacksonville was born Oct. 15, 1928, to A. Newell and Mady Barber in Robertson County. He died May 17. Graveside service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Barbara Hugghins officiating. Mr. Barber lived all his life in Jacksonville and graduated from Jacksonville High School. He earned the FFA Lone Star Degree. He and Joyce Janssen of Runge were married on Aug. 15, 1950.
He owned a service station, did security guard work and owned a lawn service business. He was a Woodmen of the World member for more than 60 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, A. Newell and Mady Barber and sister, Merle Faye McBee.
Survivors include wife of 57 years, Joyce; daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Stanley Wade; son and daughter-in law, John and Judy Barber; grandchildren, Wendy Wade, Robbie and Tina Barber, Duane and Leigh Anne Barber, Greg and Elizabeth Wade; six great grandchildren, all of Jacksonville, a niece, Karen McBee of Lufkin. Memorials may be made to ALS Association- Greater Houston Chapter, P.O. Box 271561, Houston, 77277-1561 or donor's choice of charity.
May 28, 2008
DAVID HENRY LITTLEJOHN
Funeral for David Henry Littlejohn, 83, of Grand Junction, Colo. was at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Grigsby officiating. Burial was in Rocky Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Littlejohn died May 19 at his home in Grand Junction, Colo. He was born May 28, 1924, in Rusk to A. B. and Josephine Littlejohn. He grew up and attended school in Rusk where he graduated in 1942. Mr. Littlejohn joined the Navy in July 1943 and was honorably discharged on Jan. 20, 1946, serving during World War II.
He married Helen Wyvonne Acker in Marshall on May 16, 1949. She died Jan. 20, 1983. He married Cheryl Hayes Jan. 27, 1984.His life-long occupation as a welder took him to many different states and countries overseas. He retired as chief welding inspector for Northwest Pipeline.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Wyvonne; his sister, Lonnie Faye Young; two brothers Overton and Joe Littlejohn; and one grandson Micah David Break.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Littlejohn of Grand Junction; a son and daughter in law, Michael and Debbie Littlejohn of Newcastle, Okla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Patrice and Bill McClure of Elgin, Okla.; a step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Jason and Kathrine Hayes of Denver, Colo.; a step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Cary and Wes Bellows of Grand Junction; his mother-in-law, Lorranie DeVore of Gateway, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Claude Wilkerson of Gateway, Colo.; one granddaughter, Emily Littlejohn of Newcastle, Okla.; one grandson and wife, David and Tisha Break of Sterling, Okla.; one step-granddaughter, Houston Haley Hayes of Denver, Colo.; two great grandsons, Colten and Caleb Break of Sterling, Okla.; one brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Glenda Littlejohn of Rusk; two sisters-in-law Hazel Littlejohn of Tyler and Mary Lynn Higgins of Jacksonville; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colo., 2754 Compass Drive, Suite 377, Grand Junction, Colo. 81506.
ROOSEVELT (BILL) BIRMINGHAM
Private graveside service for Roosevelt (Bill) Birmingham, 89, of Rusk was Thursday, May 22. A memorial services was at 10 a.m. Saturday at Autry Funeral Home chapel.
Mr. Birmingham died May 20. He was born March 31, 1919, in Victoria County to Martin Birmingham and Lucille Deckert Birmingham.
Mr. Birmingham served in the U. S. Army during World War II, trained soldiers at Camp Fannin and served in the South Pacific for 38 months as a gunnery sergeant and received a Bronze Star. He was a ranch hand, former employee of Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Corrections and Custom Coils. He was also a carpenter.
He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Billy Martin Birmingham.
Survivors are his wife Rose Marie Birmingham of Rusk; a son and two daughters-in-law, Timothy R. and Florence (Fran) Birmingham and Katherine Birmingham, all of Gallatin; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy Darlene and Richard Schmidt of San Antonio; a brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Dorothy Birmingham of Inez; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Grandsons served as pallbearers.
JUAN LARA SAUCILLO
Funeral mass for Juan Lara Saucillo, 75, of Troup was at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church with Father Mark Kusmirek officiating. Burial was in Pinecrest Cemetery, Troup at 2 p.m. Friday.
Mr. Saucillo died May 19. He was born January 27, 1933. He lived in South Texas in early life and later moved to East Texas. He became self employed in the plant business.
Survivors are his wife of 55 years Amalia Saucillo ofTroup; nine daughters, Maria Olga Garza, Lucina Herebia, Irma Foster, Jose Baltazar Saucillo, Juanita Manzano, Dolores Nelson, Ester Nelson, all of Troup, Elidia Ball of Flint and Teresa McCutcheon of Jacksonville; a brother, Emiliano Saucillo of GTO, Mexico; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Benito Herebia, Alexander Foster, Ramiro Garza, Jr., Gregory Ball, Jason Nelson and Chance Nelson. Arrangements were under the direction of Autry Funeral Home.
Funeral for Eva Chitwood, 94, of Jacksonville was at 2 p.m. Sunday at Autry Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Larry Smith and the Rev. Phillip Warren officiating. Burial was in Corine Cemetery.
Mrs. Chitwood died May 21. She was born Sept. 4, 1913 in Jacksonville to Eli Bradford White and Lucy Horton White. She was a lifetime member of Friendship Baptist Church and taught Sunday school there for many years.
Mrs. Chitwood was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Claude Chitwood. Survivors are two daughters and sons-in-law Molly and Jim Kolb and Jan and Chester Patton, all of Jacksonville; grandchildren Mike Kolb, Gilmer, Keith Kolb, San Francisco, Kim McCall, all of Bullard and Tammy Minton of Jacksonville; great-grandchildren Candice Pryor, Adam Meza, Jade Sexton, Ashley Kolb, and Christi Smith; great-great grandchildren Melonnie, Maryssa, Jordyne, and Evangelina; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Lewie Lake, Darvis Davis, Jason Stewart, Mike Kolb, Keith Kolb and Adam Meza.
ERVIN ANDREW (ANDY) SANDERS
Funeral for Ervin Andrew (Andy) Sanders, 73, of Lake Striker was at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Autry Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. R. S. Dyess officiating. Burial was in Myrtle Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Sanders died May 22. He was born Jan. 25, 1935 to Autry and Jewell Sanders.
He was preceded in death by parents; two sons, Kenny Sanders and Charles Sanders; and brother Mayburn Sanders. Mr. Sanders was a Methodist. He graduated from Overton High School and attended Kilgore College, where he was the president of the band. Survivors are his wife Sherron Evans Sanders of Lake Striker; daughter and son-in-law, Carmen and Wayne Havard of Diboll; a brother and sister-in-law, A. D. and Tami Sanders of Goodspring; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Charles Trammell of Ohio and Joan and Don Nelson of Pasadena; a sister-in-law and her husband, Marilyn and Bob Reed of The Woodlands; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; best friends, Ben and Diane Frisby. Family members served as pallbearers.
DELLA MAE HOPPER
Funeral for Della Mae Hopper, 77, of Rusk was at 2 p.m. Saturday at Renfro Memorial chapel of the Boren-Conner Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Copeland officiating.
Burial was in Mount Comfort Cemetery.
Mrs. Hopper died May 21. She was born April 19, 1931 in Maydelle, and was a lifelong resident of the Rusk area. She was a waitress and cook, and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe D. Hopper; and daughters, Della Jo Foreman and Billy Jean Hopper.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Buddy and Deanna Hopper of Jacksonville; two daughters and a sonin law, Martha Williams of Jacksonville, and Phyllis and Ben Salazar of Dialville; four sisters-in-law one brother-inlaw; 16 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kelly Gene Collins, B.J. Collins, Joey Foreman, Terry Hopper, Dustin Hopper Myers and Randy Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Beto Barron, Jimmy Lee Hugghins, Eddie Foreman and Anthony Cline.
DR. HAROLD BRUNSON
Funeral for Harold Elliott Brunson, Sr., 82, will be at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Jacksonville, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Perry Purtle and the Rev. Dr. Hal Brunson officiating. Burial will be at the Still Waters Memorial Garden of Autry Funeral Home.
A nationally known evangelist and pastor, Dr. Brunson conducted more than 1,200 evangelistic crusades throughout the U.S. and pastored several churches in East Texas including the First Baptist Churches of Carthage and Jacksonville.
Dr. Brunson died Sunday in Plano. He was born Jan. 10, 1926. Dr. Brunson was a World War II U.S. Marine veteran and an experienced pilot.
Preceding him in death was his wife of 60 years, Ollie Dean Brunson.
Survivors are his daughter and son-in-law, Sonia and Mile Peterson of Tyler; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Hal and Judy Brunson of Carrollton; and five grandchildren, Trey Brunson, Shane McGuire, Dr. Matt Brunson, Charlie Peterson and Chelsea Peterson.
Memorials may be sent to The Church of Mercy in Cambodia, c/o The First Baptist Church, 5304 East Parker Road, Parker, 75002.
VIRGINIA (TOOTSIE) HUDSON
Funeral for Virginia (Tootsie) Hudson, 78, of Hudson Chapel was at 2 p.m., Sunday in Wallace Thompson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Don Copeland officiating. Burial was in Salem Cemetery.
Mrs. Hudson died May 22. She was born Sept. 11, 1929 in Athens to the late Ira F. and Annie Lee Harrell Lewis. She was a Rusk resident most of her life, member of the Rusk First Baptist Church and a housewife. Preceding her in death were her son, Charles E. Hudson Jr.; daughter, Brenda K. Hudson Emerson; three brothers, June Lewis, George Lewis and Joe Lewis; three sisters, Frances Perkins, Nell Queen and Tony Clear.
Survivors are her husband of 62 years, Charles E. Hudson Sr. of Hudson Chapel; daughter, Peggy Hudson of Hudson Chapel; son, Jerry Turner of Garland; brother, James Lewis of Rusk; grandchildren, Michelle LaGrande, Steven Hudson, Jennifer Gill, Misty Geers, Jason Turner, Michael Goff, Bryan Hudson, Brandi Collins and Cole Emerson; 19 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a sister-in-law, Anna Lewis of Florida. Pallbearers were Michael Goff, Jason Turner, Kyle Tullis, Cole Emerson, Kip Geers and Jorey Gajewski. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn., 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17; Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633.