THE REV. JIM REYNOLDS
Services for the Rev. Jim Reynolds, 79, of Kilgore are pending with Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore. Mr. Reynolds died this morning at his home.
JAMES RUDOLPH BRAGGS III
Services for James Rudolph Braggs III, 26, of Tatum will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 25, 2004 at New Smith Chapel House of Power, Tatum, with Pastor Gwendolyn Deckard, evangelist M. Nelson and Bro. Rade Humphries officiating. Burial will be in New Smith Chapel Cemetery, Tatum, under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Henderson.
Mr. Braggs died June 17 in Tatum. He was born Nov. 13, 1977 in Los Angeles, Calif., and was a member of New Smith Chapel House of Power, Tatum.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Quiana Braggs.
He is survived by his parents, James Braggs of Lincoln, Neb., and Sylvia Braggs of Tatum; daughter, Alexis Braggs of Oklahoma city, Okla.; three sisters, Shavon Braggs Smith and Lakiesha Braggs of Tatum and Kayla Braggs of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three brothers, Christopher Braggs and Mark Braggs of Tatum and Dimitri Braggs of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandparents, Nadine and Milton Moore, Floyd and Shirley Jean Lewis, all of Houston, and James and Christine Braggs of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three nieces, four nephews and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Williams, Dedrick Deckard, David Hopkins and Prenon Stoker. Honorary pallbearers will be Troyce Ponds, Christopher Braggs Sr., Daryl Williams, Mark Braggs and Joey Blanton.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
S.F.C. JAMES E. DIXON
Graveside services for James E. Dixon, 72, of Kilgore will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 25, 2004 at the Lakeview Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Don Beebe officiating. Mr. Dixon passed away Monday, June 21, 2004 at his home in Kilgore.
Mr. Dixon was born June 16, 1932 in Kilgore to Clarence and Florene Dixon. He was a member of the Baptist faith. Mr. Dixon retired from the United States Army after more than 25 years of service. He served in Korea, Vietnam and was stationed for more than six years in Germany. He later worked as a long distance driver for Watkins Motor Lines in Lakeland, Fla.
Mr. Dixon is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Eugene Dixon.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Dixon of Kilgore; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Sean Sapp of Brandenton, Fla., and Linda and Robert Garner of Columbus, Ga.; two sons and daughters-in-law, James B. and Marianne Dixon of Phenix City, Ala., and David Dixon of Lakeland, Fla., and Tara Dixon of Lakeland, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Richard, Anne and Heather Sapp of Brandenton, Fla., Helen Tackitt of Denver, Colo., Daniel and John Dixon of Phenix City, Ala., Melissa, Melinda and Sam Garner of Columbus, Ga., and Justin Edward Dixon of Lakeland, Fla.; one great-granddaughter; brother, Charles R. and wife Matha Dixon of Amarillo; sister, Betty Jo Higgins of Amarillo; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.
Services for Billie VanMeter, 76, of Kilgore will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Beebe officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Mrs. VanMeter passed away Wednesday, June 23, in Kilgore.
Mrs. VanMeter was born Aug. 7, 1927 in Jenkins to Alex and Birdie Wacasey. She was a loving and devoted homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Josephine Pritchett; and brother, Gene Wacasey.
She is survived by her husband, Frank VanMeter of Kilgore; five children and their spouses, Judith and Roger Naomi of Firestone, Colo., Charlotte Gill of Winnfield, La., Charles and Jan VanMeter of Longview, Debbie and Bob Smith of Henderson and Steve and Donna VanMeter of Kilgore; two sisters, Doris Coldiron and Shirley Hankins; seven brothers, John Wacasey, Franklin Wacasey, Floyd Wacasey, Sammy Wacasey, Curtis Wacasey, “Shorty” Wacasey and Alex Thomas Wacasey; nine grandchildren, Sam Hale Jr., Jeremy Houchins, Joe Wiggins Jr., Frank Wiggins, Kaci Sebastian, Christy Mullins, Courtney Robbins, Caitlin Smith and Nickolaus VanMeter; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.
CORINNE JULIANNA MEYER VANDER MEULEN
A memorial service for Corinne Julianna Meyer Vander Meulen will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tyler. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 23.
Corinne was born and raised in St. Charles, Mo., and was the first in her family to graduate from college, with honors, in 1940. She married a Presbyterian pastor the following year after moving to Sedalia, Mo., to begin a teaching career and a side vocation as a cellist in the local orchestra.
Over the next several decades, she accompanied her husband as they served congregations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lansing and Dearborn, Mich., Santa Ana, Calif., and Florissant, Mo. Throughout it all she loved worshipping the Lord, especially through music. Many music directors around the country are grateful for her faithful support of organ drives, recitals and her love of singing in a choir.
For over 50 years she also was a loyal member of P.E.O., an international philanthropic educational organization for women.
Corinne returned to teaching in the ‘60s, which eventually led to her appointment as chair of the English Department in one of the largest high schools in the country at that time, in Florissant, Mo.
Her family will remember her as a wonderful example of kindness, tolerance, intelligence and faith for so many years.
Corinne is survived by her husband of nearly 63 years, John; sister, Elsie Kunz; brother, George Meyer; daughters, Mary Martin, Jane Hoover and Claire Gibbs; and their husbands and grandchildren, David Martin, Andy Martin, Ann Marie Hoover and Julie Hoover.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Tyler.
WILLIS R. MCCANNON JR.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Willis R. McCannon Jr. will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Hendrix officiating.
"Mr. Willis" joined his Heavenly Father on June 23. He was born Jan. 4, 1921 in Rusk County. He was a proud World War II veteran, a retired construction worker and greeter for Wal-Mart. A native of East Texas, for the last six years he resided with his daughter, Sharron Westbrook in Kilgore.
He was a member of the Kilgore First Church of the Nazarene and loved his church family.
Survivors include his brothers, the Rev. Billy Roy McCannon and wife Connie of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Russell H. McCannon and wife Judy of Santa Fe; daughters, Sharron Westbrook of Kilgore, Edith Anderson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Janice Reith of League City; grandchildren, Ashley Westbrook Goode, Angela Hill, Westly Evans, David and Stephanie Reith, Alissa and Adam Bell; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Mr. Willis was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita; a son Richard; and a daughter, Ruby.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kilgore First Church of the Nazarene, 309 East Sabine, Kilgore, Texas 75662.
Services for Louise Barr, 77, of Kilgore were 4 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Buddy Duggins officiating. Burial was in Danville Cemetery. Mrs. Barr went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 8, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Pallbearers were Billy Bob Brady, Carmel McElyea, Charles Mackey, Larry Long, Harold Little and Donald Buck. Honorary pallbeareres were Mike Barr, Johnny Bolt, Troy Nunnery and Wayne Weatherly.
Her family wishes to thank her caregivers, Ginger Becker, Missy Armitage, Jenny Johns and Corlis Holloway. The family holds a deep gratitude for Hospice nurses Ann Yeganeh, Peggy Starling, Mindy White and Sue Perkins of Life Care Hospice. Her life was extended by all their love and care.
Her primary caregiver throughout her illness was her husband, Frank Barr, who lit up her face with smiles with his gentle touch and kind words and countless meals.
Mrs. Barr was born May 21, 1927 in Gregory. She grew up in Corpus Christi. Mrs. Barr worked for the phone company and Costal States Chemical Company before she married. She was a homemaker and a member of the Forrest Home Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Barr of Kilgore; two sons and daughters-in-law, Monroe and Trudy Menke of Frankston and Frank Jr. and LeAnn Barr of Center; a daughter, Susan Menke of Houston; four grandchildren, Charlotte VanVleet of Tulsa, Okla., Heather O'Neill of Plano, Korey Kent of Frankston and Travis Barr of Center; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lifecare Hospice, 2020 Bill Owens Parkway, Suite 100, Longview, Texas 75604
CECIL DARNELL FREEMAN
Graveside services for Mr. Cecil Darnell Freeman, 75, of Lake Cherokee were 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Freddie Ward officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Mr. Freeman died Wednesday, July 7, at his residence.
Pallbearers were Jeff Freeman, Lenny Mobbs, Kenny Mobbs, Kieth Mobbs, Brandon Mobbs and Nate Mobbs. Honorary pallbearers were L.T. Mobbs, Travis Lee, Len Luscomb, Bob Marks, Bob Weeden and Claude Gray.
He was born in Rusk County on March 10, 1929 to Arthur Brown “Bud” and Ruby Ruth Pierson Freeman. Mr. Freeman graduated from Gaston High School and retired from Texas Eastman Co. in 1986 after 30 years of service.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Betty Jean Ward Freeman; brothers Walter B. Freeman, Arthur L. “Bunt” Freeman; sisters Myrtle Marie “Shug” Freeman, and Dorothy Mae “Dot” Freeman Canady.
He is survived by his sons, James D. Freeman and wife Susan of Kilgore, Donald W. Freeman of Atlanta, Texas; daughters, Cecilia J. “Ceil” Higginbotham and husband Steve of Henderson, Sharon L. “Shay” Freeman and James Reed of Longview; grandchildren, Jamie K. Freeman McKinney and husband Jason of Longview, Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Freeman of Austin, Jarrett W. Higginbotham of Queensbury, N.Y., Jaclyn E. Higginbotham of Manhattan, Kan., and Tucker E. Higginbotham of Henderson; sisters, Opal Jeanette Freeman Martin of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Ruth Alene Freeman Tully of Henderson; several sisters- and brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart’s Way Hospice of Longview; 1306 Pine Tree Road, Longview, Texas 75604; phone (903) 295-1680.
HOMER EUGENE (PAT) PATTERSON
Memorial services for Homer Eugene Patterson, 82, of Dallas will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2004 at The University Park United Methodist Church, 4024 Caruth Ave. at Preston Road in Dallas. Mr. Patterson died Aug. 27, 2004 in Dallas.
Born Sept. 5, 1921 in Ardmore, Okla., to Healon Smith and Oscar Homer Patterson, he graduated from Ardmore High School and earned the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts. Homer joined the Navy in 1943 as Aviator First Class and was commissioned Ensign, as a Primary Flight Instructor.
He received a BBA degree from Southern Methodist University in 1950 and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Homer retired from Atlantic Richfield Company after 32 years and completed 20 years as an aviator in the Naval Reserves.
He was a member of The University Park United Methodist Church Mr. and Mrs. Class. He belonged to the Antique Airplane Association and to the A.C. Garrett Masonic Lodge.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Frank Evan Patterson and sister Mary Fern Muegge.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Ekas Patterson; and children, Philip E. Patterson and Gregory L. Patterson of Kilgore, and Ann L. Patterson and husband Howard A. Langner and son Samuel Langner of Austin.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Circle 10 Council, Boy Scouts of America, 8605 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75235.
MARGIE MARIE PIERCE
Services for Margie Pierce, 81, of Kilgore will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Woods officiating. Burial will follow in the Isabel Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Pierce died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004 in Kilgore.
She was born April 3, 1923 in Fairplay. Mrs. Pierce was a homemaker and a member of the Eastview Church of God. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Mrs. Pierce is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Shirley Maxine Pierce of Longview and Karen Sue and Jesse Davis of Kilgore; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert Lee and JoAn Pierce; five grandchildren, Cherry Clark of Elderville, Jason Lee Pierce of Kilgore, Holly Kay Keith of Kilgore, Jesse Davis Jr. of Forney and Brandi Phillips of Marshall; eight grand-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family.
Her husband, Griff Pierce, precedes her in death.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home between 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.
BOBBIE LEE SEWELL
Graveside services for Bobbie Lee Sewell, 83 of Overton will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004 at Lakewood Cemetery with the Rev. John Whitsell officiating. Burial is under the direction of Burrows Overton Funeral Home. Mrs. Sewell died Tuesday night, Aug. 31, 2004 at Hospice Homeplace, Tyler, after a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 12, 1920 in Coleman County to Joe and Martha Talley Hunnicutt and moved to East Texas in 1931. An avid needle worker, she was a member of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Tyler.
Mrs. Sewell was preceded in death by her husband and a son.
She is survived by her son, Marvin Dean “Buddy” Sewell of Marlow, Okla.; sister, Edna Lake of Henderson; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, with Rosary at 7 p.m at the funeral home.