GLADYS DELYNNE (FLORENCE) LIGHT
Services for Gladys Light, 83, of Kilgore will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2004 in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore with visitation prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2004 at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. Mrs. Light passed away Thursday at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
Gladys Florence Light was a longtime resident of the Overton-Kilgore area and was born Feb. 18, 1921, daughter of the late Douglas and Eva McAfee Florence.
Gladys graduated from Overton High School and attended Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville and the University of Texas in Austin. After her marriage to Thomas Light in 1943, she moved to Houston where she resided for 28 years. While in Houston, Gladys was employed by the Houston Independent School District as a substitute school teacher and she was a charter member of Rose Garden Methodist Church. She returned to the Overton-Kilgore area in 1971 where she resided until her death.
Gladys was a selfless, caring soul who loved to laugh and tell stories. She was always encouraging, never critical, quick to praise and appreciative of all kind acts. Beloved by all those who knew her, she will forever be missed.
Mrs. Light is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Thomas of Kilgore; son, Thomas L. and wife LaVerne Light of Spring; daughter, Delynne and husband Alex Cheyney of Spring; daughter, Lydia and husband Vic Sheedy of Kilgore; son, Richard and wife Kathy Light of Magnolia; and sister, Frances Wylie of Midland.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Lloyd, Doyle and James Florence.
DENISE DIANE ALLEN
Services for Denise Diane Allen, 42, of Kilgore will be 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with the Rev. Byron Allen of Laird Hill Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Rusk County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mrs. Allen passed away Monday, April 26, at her home in Kilgore after a lingering illness.
Pallbearers were Randy Howard, Kevin Johns, Larry Pierce, Justin Dison, Lloyd Hinton and Wade Hinton.
She was born in Kilgore on Oct. 15, 1961 and graduated as salutatorian from Leverett’s Chapel High School in 1980 and attended Kilgore College. She was a lifetime member of Laird Hill Baptist Church.
Denise was preceded in death by her grandparents, J.B. and Roberta Jordan of Kilgore and James L. and Eunice Allen of Leverett’s Chapel.
Denise is survived by her parents, Charles L. and Elsie Carol Allen of Leverett’s Chapel; daughter, Alecia G. Box of Palestine; brother, Terry L. Allen of Henderson; sister, Karen Allen Boyd of Longview; an uncle and aunt, Johnny and Linda Allen of Liberty City; and several other loving relatives including cousins, nieces and nephews and great-grandparents.
Memorials can be made in Denise’s memory to Laird Hill Baptist Church, Laird Hill, TX 75666.
CHARLES MARK HICKS
Services for Charles Mark (Chuck) Hicks, 45, of Kilgore were 2 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2004 at the Forest Home Baptist Church with Revs. Jonathan Latham and Buddy Duggins officiating. Mr. Hicks died at his home Monday, April 26, 2004.
Pallbearers were Willard Gore, Marshall Latham, Les Bewley, Paul Latham, Scott Montgomery, Tommy Latham, Brad Dent and Erskine Watson.
He was born Jan. 12, 1959 in Kilgore. Mr. Hicks graduated from Warren Easton High School, New Orleans, La. He was an artist, a musician and a member of Forest Home Baptist Church.
Mr. Hicks is survived by his daughter, Darcey Amber Hicks of New Orleans; mother and step-father, Glenna and Tracy Moser of Kilgore; three sisters, Catherine Michele Hicks of Kilgore, Cynthia Monet Hicks of Kilgore and Caren Marcel Dudley of Kilgore; grandparents, Davis Russell Lee of Kilgore and Lillian Elizabeth Jobe of Las Vegas, Nev.; and many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Carroll Hicks.
LAURA MELISSA TANNER STEWART
Graveside services for Laura Melissa Tanner Stewart, 97, of Kilgore were 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004 at the Kilgore Memorial Gardens with Dale Hendricks officiating. Mrs. Stewart passed away Wednesday, June 16, in Kilgore.
Pallbearers were Red Edney, Jimmy Tanner, Steven Tanner, Charley Tanner, Jarmon Hobbs and Anthony Tanner.
Mrs. Stewart was born May 10, 1907 in Denton to the late Robert and Mae Jones. She was a loving and devoted homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Stewart was a member of Highway 42 Church of Christ.
She is survived by her son, Bruce Tanner and wife Carolyn of Kilgore; one brother, Arthur C. Jones of Newkirk, Okla.; four grandchildren, Dian Hobbs, Jimmy Tanner, Charley Tanner and Stephen Tanner, all of Kilgore; seven great-grandchildren, Sunni, Donna, Anthony, Allison, Amanda, Meagan and Zollie; one great-great-grandson, Ty Tanner; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.
Mrs. Stewart is preceded in death by her first husband, C.E. Tanner; second husband, Frank Stewart; two sons, Bobby and Howard Tanner; four sisters; two brothers; and one daughter-in-law.
JOSEPH F. WICKI
A memorial service celebrating the life of Joseph F. Wicki, 91, of Kilgore will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at the First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore with the Revs. Dr. William J. Ingersoll and Roberta Ingersoll officiating.
Joseph F. Wicki was born July 22, 1912, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Otto Wicki, at Bern, Kan., the youngest of four children — sisters Mrs. Alice Blaser, Amelia G. Wicki, both deceased, and Frances J. Barnes, still living. His wife of 62 years, Vi Wicki, also survives him. Joe lost his father when he was 15 years old; and his mother became the family inspiration.
Mr. Wicki attended the Bern, Kan., elementary and high school, which was located just across the street from the Wicki residence. He graduated in 1930 in a class of three girls and nine boys. Academically he was fourth in the senior class. Joe enjoyed playing in the school orchestra and singing in Glee Clubs and other musical groups.
After graduation he was employed on the Rock Island Railroad doing manual work and repair of the roadbed and other maintenance of tracks. This was just a summer job. When an opening became available at the local post office he applied and after taking the required examination and passing it, he started his employment there. Not only did he sell stamps, wait on customers; make up the mail transported by star routes and on railroad trains, he was also a substitute Rural Route Carrier to fill in on vacations or illness for the regular carrier. At that time the routes were dirt roads and very few gravel roads.
While employed at the post office in 1933, he became interested in the weekly newspaper, which was published in one half of the building. In his spare time he learned to operate the linotype. In 1935 he was employed in Sabetha, Kan., for the Sabetha Star, a weekly newspaper that was the oldest newspaper in Nemaha County. Eventually the Sabetha Herald purchased the Sabetha Star and Mr. Wicki changed jobs, where he increased his knowledge of journalism. All facets of a small town print shop gave him some more experience and even included the writing of the sports in all fields.
Mr. Wicki entered the Army in 1942 where he served in the artillery band; and during combat acted as medic to help take care of the wounded. Later he served in the headquarters battery of the 90th Division where he was responsible for all officers and enlisted men's records, insurance, allotments, payroll and other administration requirements. He went overseas to the European Theater in Early 1944 and was discharged in November 1945 from Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis, Mo.
After discharge, he attended Kansas City College of Commerce in Kansas City, Mo. He was employed by General Baking Company and later promoted and transferred to Enid, Okla.
In April 1958 he resigned from his position and with his wife, Vi, bought Quality Office Supply in Kilgore — a town which welcomed them with open arms and which they loved. In early 1958, he joined the local Noon Lions Club; working his way up the official ladder. He served as president of the club in 1975-76 and 1976-77 as zone chairman. He became a Century Club Key Holder for the Lion's crippled Children's Camp in Kerrville and is a life member of this camp. He enjoyed helping in all projects of the club.
He served on the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce Board from 1968 to 1971. He was a member of the United Methodist Church for a number of years and at his passing he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed singing in the Chancel choir; served on the board of deacons for three years and was appointed property chairman. He served as president of the Presbyterian Men's Club and president of the Chancel Choir. He was a member of Roy H. Laird Country Club and served on the Kilgore Community Concert Board of Directors as Vice President of advertising and publicity.
Due to the absence of close relatives in the Kilgore area, Mr. Wicki has directed that his body be donated to science to give the gift of life to someone in need. Memorials may be made to the Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation, the First Presbyterian Church or the charity of one's choice.
RAYMOND JOHN CHURCH
Services for Raymond John Church, 70, of Kilgore will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mr. Church died Friday afternoon, June 18, at Laird Memorial Hospital in Kilgore.
He was born in Detroit, Mich., and was a retired U.S. Army veteran, having served three tours of duty in Vietnam, and he was a carpenter by trade.
A sister, Nola Elliott, precedes him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Marilyn Church of Kilgore; his children and their spouses, Patricia and Stan Hines of Kilgore, Robert Phoenix of Kilgore, Wendell and Barbara Phoenix of Kilgore, Rex and Kim Phoenix of Michigan, Stewart Phoenix of Michigan, Raymond Church Jr. of Michigan, Wendy Church of Michigan, David Church of Michigan, Dennis Church of Michigan, Brian Church of Michigan, Chris Church of Kilgore and Ranae Church of Michigan; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other loving family.
The family will receive friends Monday night at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.raderfuneralhome.com.
EARL WAYNE BROOKS
Services for Earl Wayne Brooks, 45, of Kilgore were 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with the Rev. Curtis Wood officiating. Burial was in the Rusk County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mr. Brooks died Wednesday, June 16, in Kilgore.
Pallbearers were Royce McIntosh, Gary Poole, Doyle Watson, Billy Williams, Mark Advas, Dale Rhodes and Gary Stewart.
Mr. Brooks was born April 29, 1959 in Opelika, Ala., to L.J. and Mae Louise Brooks. He worked as a project manager for HydroChem Industrial Services.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanene Brooks of Kilgore; four children, Melissa Brooks of Longview, Jennifer Brooks of Liberty City, Patience Jeanene Brooks of Kilgore and Ray Dale Rhodes of Gilmer; mother, Mae Louise Brooks of Overton; sister, Shirley Robinson of Overton; three grandchildren, Daniel Rhodes, Joshua Dale Rhodes and Jasmine Alexis Wheat; as well as numerous other loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, L.J. Brooks; two brothers, Johnny and Albert Brooks; and a sister, Jeanette Robinson.
The Brooks family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rader Funeral Home.
ALMOND LEWIS GHOLSTON
Funeral services for Almond L. Gholston, 89, of Gladewater will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004 at Shady Grove Christian Church in Cason with the Rev. A.Q. Sasser officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Cason. Arrangements are under the direction of Dearion and Davis Funeral Parlor of Gladewater.
Almond Gholston was born Oct. 20, 1914 in Cason. He was the second of 10 children born to Jim and Bell Gholston. He departed this life Aug. 27, 2004 at Good Shepherd Medical center in Longview.
His church membership was held at Shady Grove Christian Church in Cason where he taught Sunday School and served in other official capacities for many years.
Completion of his early education was in Cason. He entered Jarvis Elementary in the fifth grade and graduated from Jarvis Junior College in 1935. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Texas College, his master of arts degree in history from Prairie View A&M and did post-graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley.
He began his career in education as a teacher/coach in Quitman. He left there to serve his country during World War II. After three years of service he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard. He resumed his career as a teacher/coach at Weldon High School in Gladewater. His 25-year career in the Kilgore Independent School District included work as a history teacher and head football coach at Kilgore Colored High School/C.B. Dansby High School, and he concluded his service there as a history instructor at Kilgore High School. After retirement from KISD, he served as a teacher at Jarvis Christian College for two years in the Social Science Department.
He is preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Bennie Mae McCullough, Aria Alice Woodward, Napoleon Doddy and Robert James Hollins; and one brother, John Gholston.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Alice Allen Gholston of Gladewater; three sisters, Varie Smith and Charlesetta Gholston, both of Cason, and Miley Henry of Dallas; brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Bobbie Gholston of Cason; and many nieces and nephews and friends.
Public viewing will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Dearion and Davis funeral parlor with the wake to follow at St. James Baptist Church, Gladewater, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004.
CHARLES V. ROBERTS
Funeral services for Charles V. Roberts, 87, of Tyler were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004 at Burrows Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Hilton officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at New London under the direction of Burrows Overton Funeral Home. Mr. Roberts died Sunday morning, Aug. 29, 2004 at Hospice Homeplace Tyler after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 4, 1916 at Coffeyville, Kan., to Charles Vaughan and Lucille Bell Roberts Sr. and had been a resident of East Texas since 1931. He was a member of the New London United Methodist Church and a graduate of New London High School and Texas A&M University with a degree in geology. He married Elizabeth Hale Oct. 21, 1942 in Houston, and he retired in 1975 from Exxon in Houston as assistant chief geologist.
Mr. Roberts served as a captain with the Air Force in Guam during World War II. He was a member of the 12th Man Foundation of A&M and a member of AAPGA.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth H. Roberts of Tyler; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Gerry Hicks of Tyler; sister, Pat Wilson of Tyler; grandchildren, Stephanie and Devin Woodruff of Arlington, Scott and Lisa Hicks of Arlington, and Morgan and Samantha Hicks of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jack Hale, Phil Ferguson, Andy Ferguson, Scott Hicks, Devin Woodruff and Bob Lawson. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Crawford, Jimmy Jackson, Jerry Hale, Chuck Langner, John Lynn Duran, Jimmy Fleming, Gene Shannon, T.D. Higgs and John Henson.
The family would appreciate memorials to Hospice of East Texas in Tyler or the American Cancer Society.