Funeral services for Bernice Johnson, 92, of Longview will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2005 at Smith Chapel House of Power in Tatum with Pastor Alton Davis, Owen Deckard, Mattie Thompson and Dwayne Mapps officiating. Burial will follow in Smith Chapel Cemetery in Tatum under the direction of Southern Funeral Home. Mrs. Johnson died March 10, 2005 at Pine Tree Nursing Home in Longview.
She was born Sept. 24, 1912 in Rusk County to Joe Thompson and Luna Taylor Hastings. She attended Smith Chapel Schools and was a member of New Smith Chapel Church. She retired from Good Shepherd Hospital in 1977, was a member of Order of Eastern Star, secretary of the Extension Homemakers Club of Rusk County, A&M Division.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Zetta Ernestine and Bervin Johnson.
She is survived by daughter, Julie B. Adams of Carthage; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; two god-children; a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Walter Ward, Rayford Arthur, Larry Ayers, John Ward, Dennis Arthur and Marcus Crockett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Byron Adams, Jamine Rosborough, Derrick Adams, Jerrell Adams, Demetrius Adams Jr.
Visitaion will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
CHARLES RAY VANZANDT
Funeral services for Charles Ray VanZandt, 49, of Henderson will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2005 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Henderson with Rev. Billy Hinton, Rev. Harolie Grant, Bro. Johnny Newton and Bishop Robert Brown officiating. Burial will be in Big Spring Cemetery in Henderson under the direction of Southern Funeral Home. Mr. VanZandt died March 14, 2005 at University Hospital in San Antonio.
He was born Aug. 26, 1955 in Henderson to Jessie and Mary Lee VanZandt. He attended West Rusk public schools and was a member of Big Spring Baptist Church. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army and received numerous medals, ribbons and badges.
He was preceded in death by his mother; three brothers, Steve, Don and Gerald VanZandt; grandfather, Alford Strickland.
He is survived by his wife, Virgie VanZandt of Henderson; father, Jessie VanZandt of Henderson; nine children, Kimberly Lacy of Dallas; DeKala Monroe of NM, Melania VanZandt of Lockey, Cherie Caldwell of Henderson; Charles VanZandt II of Lockey, Brandon Williams, Braylon Williams, Corey Giles, Credic Caldwell, all of Henderson; sister, Flora Henson of Henderson; two brothers, Carl VanZandt of Longview, David Lynn Pollard of Henderson; grandmother, Rose Lee Strickland of Dallas; five grandchildren; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers Rickey Brown, Jeremy Helms, Marcellus Tyeski, Jimmy Johnson, Ricky Richardson, Joe Lewis Medford, Otis Johnson, Kelvin Muckleroy, Bervin Coleman, Curtis Coleman, Jerome Coleman, Fred Coleman, Andre Coleman, L.D. Coleman, Dwight Coleman, Jerald Brown, American Legion Post 844, Henderson ISD bus drivers, brother-in-law and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday from 7 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral services for Nellie Pollard, 64, of Kilgore are pending with Southern Funeral Home of Henderson. She died Friday, March 18, 2005 in Kilgore.
MARY MERLENE KENNEDY
Services for Mary Merlene Kennedy, 57, of Longview, formerly of Kilgore, will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2003 in Kilgore at West Side Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Kilgore Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Victory Funeral Services.
She was born May 10, 1945 in Hawkins and died Sunday in a Longview hospital.
She is survived by three children, Lavada Mangram, Philip Mayfield and Ruie Lacy, and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be noon until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the family hour 7-8 p.m.
DON LEE WOOTEN
Funeral services for Don Lee Wooten, 62, of Joinerville will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2003 at Crawford A. Crim. Masonic graveside rites will be performed under the direction of Crawford A. Crim at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Henderson.
Pallbearers will be Roy Davis, Jimmy Stroud, Mickey Copeland, Duane Gibbs, Billy Whitehead, Milton Copeland, Roland Johnson and Joe Arnold. Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Davis and Bobby Holland.
Mr. Wooten died March 31 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
He was born Jan. 4, 1941 in Joinerville and graduated from Gaston High School in 1959. An elder at Mt. Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he was vice president of United Machine Shop at Kilgore, owner of Second to None Manufacturing and a licensed real estate broker.
He was a member of Clinton Mason #23 and a Staff Sgt., Air Force Reserves.
Mr. Wooten was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Monnie Wooten, and a brother, Bob Wooten.
Survivors include a very special friend, Carolyn Willsie; two daughters and a son-in-law, J.J. Wooten-Tweed and Curt of Fort Worth, and Christy Lee Wooten of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Jan Brainlett of New London; and nephew, Walter Lynn Wooten of Dallas.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Children Hospital, 6977 Main St., Houston, Texas 77030.
MARCELINE LILMAH BUROKER
Mrs. Marceline Lilmah (Furlow) Buroker, 82 years of age, died a peaceful death on Sept. 24, 2003 in Heart of Texas nursing home of Kilgore. She was God's gift to Brody Lamar and Lelia Augusta Furlow, March 19, 1921 in Hampton, Arkansas. The family moved to Kilgore in 1931 during the oil boom. She graduated from Kilgore High School in 1940. She worked as a PBX telephone operator at Camp Fannin during WWII.
She married Harold Buroker on May 2, 1945 at New London, TX. They made their home in Kilgore except for a brief interval. She was always active in the First Christian Church of Kilgore, where she sang in the choir for many years. She retired from Kilgore College in 1988 after serving as postmistress for 15 years. She was a loving and always pleasant aunt who was loved and admired by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Mrs. Buroker was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years and by a sister, Margaret Webb.
She is survived by two sisters, Ferol Hollowell and Bobbie Dent and her husband Norman, all of Kilgore; as well as nine nieces and four nephews: Ferol Whitfield, Frances Hollowell, Carole Penshorn, Morris Hollowell, Larry Hollowell, Vickie Raymond, Norman “Ned” Dent Jr., Jeanette Miller, Rachel Hill, Steven Dent, Becky Rose, Lilmah Wyatt, Kellie Granberry; 26 grand, 38 great-grand and six great-great-grand nieces and nephews; and one very special friend, Debbie Moore, who was like a daughter.
She was loved and will be missed by all!
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2003 at the Rader Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with the Rev. Bill Blanks officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore City Cemetery.
BILLY WAYNE SISTRUNK
Services for Billy Wayne Sistrunk, 59, of Kilgore will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003 at the St. Luke's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Besser officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Cemetery. Mr. Sistrunk died of complications with multiple sclerosis, at his home, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003.
Mr. Sistrunk was born April 6, 1944 in Pleasant Hill, La., to Martin Wells and Onie Irene Free Sistrunk. Billy was a longtime member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965. He was a sports enthusiast, who coached Kilgore Pony League Baseball, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Sistrunk took pleasure in reading and working crossword puzzles. Billy was a horticulturist who loved to work in his yard.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Bonnie Sistrunk of Kilgore; three children, Frances Ritter of Roswell, Ga., John Sistrunk of McKinney, Rebecca Sistrunk of Kilgore; four sisters, Vera Robinson of Calussa, Calif., Shirley Flowers of Delhi, Calif., Joyce Cox of Brandon, Miss., Sarah Callens of Kilgore; brother, James Sistrunk of Pleasant Hill, La.; two grandchildren, Cole and Luke Ritter of Roswell; three adopted grandchildren, Bailey Foster of Kilgore, Austin and Preston Stephenson of Kilgore; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family members.
Mr. Sistrunk was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Van and Tony Sistrunk.
The family will receive friends between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday evening at Rader Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Lone Star Chapter, 8111 North Stadium Drive, Houston, Texas 77054 or St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 401 East Main Street, Kilgore, Texas 75662.
Memorial services for John Haltmeyer, 37, of Clarksville, Md., will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003 at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Hampton officiating. Dr. Haltmeyer died Friday, Sept. 19, 2003 in Clarksville, Md.
He is survived by his wife, Monica Haltmeyer of Clarksville, Md.; his daughter, Michele Haltmeyer, 12, of Clarksville; his son, Nicholas Haltmeyer, 8, of Clarksville; his parents, Dr. Norman and Ilona Haltmeyer of Kilgore; siblings, Cheryl McCullouch of Madison, Miss., Tim Haltmeyer of Mission Viejo, Calif., James Haltmeyer of Kilgore and Debbie Haltmeyer of Little Elm.
Funeral services for Annie Walker of Kilgore will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003 at Bible Teaching Ministries with the Rev. R.L. Brazzle officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Steber Grove Cemetery, Kilgore, under the direction of Stanmore Funeral Home, Longview. She passed away Sept. 24, 2003.
Mrs. Walker was born Feb. 9, 1927 in Kilgore to the late Ninie Smith. She joined St. John Steber Grove at an early age; after attending other churches, she found a home at Bible Teaching Ministries in Longview where she served faithfully for the last five years.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, David Walker Jr. of Kilgore; daughter, Claudia Thurmond of Ypsilanti, Mich.; four sons, Grady Smith of Dallas, Lesly Smith, Wesley Smith and Ray Smith, all of Kilgore; two brothers, Emerson Smith and Jessie Smith; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Family hour will be 10 a.m. until 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
MRS. L.V. COOPER
Funeral services for Mrs. L.V. Cooper of Winnsboro will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003 at Hynson Chapel with the Rev. Charles Brewster officiating. Burial will follow at McGee Cemetery in Winnsboro, under the direction of Stanmore Funeral Home, Longview. She died Sept. 23, 2003.
Mrs. Cooper was born June 2, 1929 in Jonesboro, La. She was a domestic worker in Louisiana before moving to Winnsboro in 1951. She worked at McGee’s Cafe until 1962 and then began working at Winnsboro Nursing Home until her retirement in 1992.
She met and married Robert Dale Cooper in 1950; he preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by a son, David McClennon; daughter, Diane Allen; and grandson, Stephen Allen.
She is survived by two sons, Bobby King and Anthony Cunningham of Winnsboro; daughter, Rosie Roberson of Winnsboro; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
RUBY CULVER TURLINGTON
Funeral services for Ruby Culver Turlington, 93, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003 at Sullivan’s Travis Street Chapel in Marshall with Dr. Wallace Watkins and the Rev. Michael Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at the Tatum Cemetery. Arrangements are by The Sullivan Family of Funeral Directors, Marshall.
Pallbearers will be Scott Turlington, Johnny Bohn, Hugh Holcomb, Everett E. Culver, David Turlington and Ray Browning. Honorary pallbearers are Lynn Turlington, Henry Lee (Dallas) Culver Jr., John Bohn and Bill Newton.
Mrs. Turlington was born Oct. 7, 1909 in Kilgore, the oldest child of George W. and Lula Still Culver. She died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 in Austin.
She attended school in Kilgore and graduated from Longview High School and attended Sam Houston University and the University of Colorado. She became a public school teacher, teaching in the rural community of Cross Roads, where she met her husband, Coy M. Turlington. They were married on May 8, 1932. She campaigned with him when he ran successfully for the House of Representatives for the 43rd Texas Legislature.
After his term ended, they moved to Marshall where she became an active leader in civic, cultural, youth and religious activities, particularly Cub Scouts and Camp Fire Girls.
She was an active supporter of the Marshall Public Library. She was a founding member of Central Baptist Church in Marshall and was actively involved with church activities. Her husband was a longtime board member of East Texas Baptist University, and she was involved with programs there supporting female students.
At the time of her death, Mrs. Turlington was a member of First Baptist Church in Austin and was the oldest member of the Texas Legislative Wives Club, tracing her membership in the organization to 1934. Mrs. Turlington also proudly traced her ancestry through the Daughters of the American Revolution to the beginning of America.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Culver Turlington; an infant sister; sister, Celestine Holcomb; and brothers, Everett L. Culver, Henry Lee Culver and George O. Culver.
She is survived by a daughter, Coylene Turlington of Austin; grandchildren, Johnny Bohn of Dallas, Sharon Cunningham and husband Michael of Carrollton, Scott Turlington of San Jose, Calif., and Sara Browning and husband Ray of Leawood Kan.; daughter-in-law, Jane Turlington of Houston; two sisters-in-law; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Visitation with the family will be at Sullivan Funeral Home, Marshall, on Friday, Sept. 26, from 5-7 p.m.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Central Baptist Church, Marshall, or to East Texas Baptist University, Marshall.