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Gregg County, Texas Obituary and Death Notices Collection

Gregg County, Texas Obituary Collection - 47

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Date: Friday, 14 May 2010, at 12:47 p.m.

Services for Laura Elizabeth Humphrey, 56, of Kilgore will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2003 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Don Beebe officiating. Burial will follow in the Middlebrooks Cemetery. Mrs. Humphrey died Monday, March 10, 2003 in Kilgore. She was born January 28, 1947 to Billy and Johnette Dorris in Kilgore. Mrs. Humphrey attended Kilgore schools, was a member of Grace Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband, Jack Humphrey of Kilgore; three sons, Douglas Humphrey of Longview, Bill Edward Humphrey of New London and George Eliot Humphrey of California; sister, Jana Upshaw of Austin; one grandson, Jacob Humphrey of California; a dear friend, Paula Humphrey of Longview; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Humphrey was preceded in death by her parents. The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Wednesday evening between 6 and 8 p.m.

Graveside services for C.L. "Slim" Joyner, 82, of Leverett's Chapel were 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at the Rusk County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bryan Nutt officiating. Mr. Joyner died Sunday, March 9 in New London. Serving as pallbearers were Dustin Smith, Brandon Joyner, Leon Jones, Paul Joyner, Jason Joyner, Guy Howell and Mark Sellers. He was born Oct. 6, 1920 in Wichita Falls. Mr. Joyner served his country in the Army during WWII. He was an electrician for Woodard Electric for more than 30 years before retiring. Mr. Joyner was a member of the local IBEW for more than 50 years and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lydia Joyner of Leverett's Chapel; four sons and daughters-in-law, Cliff and Debbie Joyner of Leverett's Chapel, Paul and Linda Joyner of Leverett's Chapel, Tommy and Nancy Joyner of Houston, and Dickie Joyner of Liberty City; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and David Smith of Liberty City; two sisters, Willie Gibbs of Wichita Falls and Mildred Yeatts of Fort Worth; two brothers, Paul Joyner of Wichita Falls and Gilbert Joyner of Bakersfield, Calif.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kilgore Veterans Memorial Wall, 2424 Florence St., Kilgore, Texas 75662.

Services for Gregory Cotton of Dallas, formerly of Kilgore, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2003 at Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home in Dallas. A wake is scheduled 7 p.m. Friday, also at the funeral home, 6449 S. Houston School Road. Mr. Cotton died Saturday, March 9. He graduated from Kilgore Colored High School in 1953 and the University of Texas in Arlington. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albera Daniels and John Cotton of Kilgore, and his wife, Betty Adams Cotton. Mr. Cotton is survived by a daughter, Gretchen Cotton, and Tracey Serrell; brother, Elmer D. Cotton; sister, Betty Cotton Sentell; and three grandchildren.

Services for Jay Donald Ferry, 75, of Price, Texas, formerly of Kilgore, were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with Bishop Tim Fulgham officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Mr. Ferry passed away Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2003 in Henderson.
Mr. Ferry was born April 24, 1928 in Magna, Utah to the late John Henry and Blanch Alberta St. Claire Ferry. Mr. Ferry served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Ferry was a retired truck driver for Laidlaw-Olympic Waste System.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carrie Anita Harris Ferry of Price; son, Billy J. Ferry of Kilgore; granddaughter, LaNell Ferry of Kilgore; sister, Leona Ferry McClelland of Delta, Utah; five sisters-in-law, Beulah Garrett Ferry of Provo, Utah, Hilda Ferry of Clearfield, Utah, Bell Harris Hirt and husband Thomas of Conroe, Mairlyn Harris Perkins and husband Cotton of Corpus Christi and Jean Harris Gaydos and husband Tom of Youngsville, North Carolina; three brothers-in-law, W.C. “Bud” Harris and wife Beverly of Kilgore, Sonny Harris and wife Nanette of Kilgore and J.D. Harris and wife Jane of Kilgore; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family.
Mr. Ferry is preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Kay Ferry, Owen Rex Ferry and Burnell Ferry, five daughters and four sons.

Funeral services for Patrick Jerome Colbert of Kilgore are pending with Stanmore Funeral Home. Mr. Colbert passed away Sunday at his home following a sudden illness.

Services for James Robert Winters, 62, of Flint were 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2003 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dean Simmons officiating. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery. Mr. Winters passed away Friday morning, Sept. 12, 2003 at his home.
Pallbearers were Buster George, Robert Abbot, George Manuel, Lee Wade, James Walker, Kurt Morris, Shawn Dorsett and Terry Castle.
Mr. Winters was born Oct. 27, 1940 in Searcy, Ark., to the late Virgil and Ozelle Walters Winters. Mr. Winters was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Gladewater. He graduated from Longview High School in 1959. He was a construction superintendent and worked for many years for WRL Construction. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Dorsett Winters of Flint; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Kenneth Langston of Bullard; three sons and daughters-in-law, James Curtis and Sherry Winters of Mesquite, Robert Milton and Becky Winters of Lonestar and Michael and Shirley Brown of Eunice, N.M.; six grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Aradelle and Gary Cornett of Longview; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Mozelle Odum of Kilgore; a number of nieces and nephews, well as several brothers and sisters-in-law.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Services for S.M. Riley, Jr., 80, of New London were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003 at the Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home chapel, Overton, with the Rev. David Gatlin officiating. Burial was in Lakewood Cemetery, Henderson.
Mr. Riley died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003 in Tyler. He was born Sept. 9, 1923 in Marietta, Okla., to the late S.M. Riley Sr. and Cora Theodocia Tanner Riley.
Mr. Riley had been a resident of New London since 1939 and was a 1942 graduate of London High. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps.
Mr. Riley married Gladys Ogea in New London, Nov. 9, 1945. He owned and operated Riley's Foods in New London from 1946 until 2002. He was a charter member of the New London Volunteer Fire Department. He was also an avid bass fisherman.
Mr. Riley was a member of the London Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Gladys Ogea Riley of New London; a son and daughter-in-law, Carl “Archie” and Gloria Riley of New London; three grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Curtis and Kim Riley, Rodney and Angie Riley, and Ryan and Ginger Riley; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Dr. Jim Hamilton, Larry Joe Clinkscales, Dale McNeel, Hunter Hawkins, Sidney E. Riley and Horace E. Riley. The New London Volunteer Fire Department served as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Services for Burbon Ralph Emory, 81, of Calhoun, La., were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel, West Monroe, La., with Dr. David Uth officiating. Interment was in Beulah Cemetery in Calhoun.
Pallbearers were Will Dennis, John Dennis, Frank Adams and Brent Emory.
Mr. Emory was a native Louisianan, born in Calhoun on Aug. 16, 1922 to Clarence Key and Vivian Blanche Emory. He graduated from Calhoun High School and attended Lamar College in Beaumont. He was employed by Sun Oil Company in Beaumont and Lafayette, La., for 39 years and retired with his wife to his boyhood home in Calhoun.
He was an avid gardener and took particular pride in growing choice tomatoes and sharing his bounty with friends, relatives and neighbors. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Iris Brooks; four brothers, Marquette Emory, J.E. Emory, Lamar Emory and Johnnie Emory; and a grandson, Morgan Emory Adams.
He is survived by his wife, Fay Richardson Emory of West Monroe, La.; four children, Kathy Emory Dennis and husband William of Alexandria, Va., Sharlotte Sue Emory Shepherd and husband William of Beaumont, Rick Emory and wife Dottye of Kilgore, and John David Emory of Calhoun, La.; three sisters, Leree Holtzclaw and husband James of West Monroe, La., Sue Dewey and husband Robert of Jacksonville, Fla., and Yvonne Evans and husband Dick of Dickerson; five grandchildren, Brent Emory, Frank Adams, Will Dennis, John Dennis and Ashley Derosa; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Teresa “Terry” Sanders, 78, of Livingston, formerly of Overton, will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 at the Overton City Cemetery. Mrs. Sanders passed away Monday at Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood.
She was born March 7, 1925 in Grant Parrish, La., daughter of the late John and Corrina Bruce. Mrs. Sanders had lived in Overton for the past several years where she attended First United Methodist Church and volunteered at the Good Samaritan of Overton. Before moving to Overton, Mrs. Sanders had been active in the Alice chapter of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Barbara Terrell of New London, Paul and Mary Jo Terrell of Crosby, and Fred and Karen Terrell of Kilgore; one daughter, Teresa Terrell of Houston; sister, Bobbie Dryer of Livingston; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Services for Donnel Wilson, 98, of Overton are pending with Southern Funeral Home of Henderson. Mr. Wilson died Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler.

Graveside services for Callie Bean Thompson, 92, a woman of Cherokee Indian heritage, will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2004 at the Kilgore Cemetery with the Revs. Ralph Rudy and Pam Besser officiating. Burial is under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Mrs. Thompson died Tuesday, March 2, 2004 in Kilgore.

Funeral services for Jack Edward Greer, 74, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2004 in the Memory Park Mausoleum chapel in Longview with Bro. Jim Rust officiating. Jack passed way March 1, 2004 in Marshall. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services.

Funeral services for Clarice Fisher, 70, of Longview will be 1 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2004 at Greater Mt. Gideon Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Jones officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Victory Funeral Services.
Clarice Drain Fisher was born in Keachi, La., on Sept. 7, 1933 to the late Jacob and Jessie Mae Savoy Drain. She departed this life on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2004 at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
She attended public school in Longview and business college in Tucson, Ariz. During her 33-year employment at National Linen Service in Longview she served as an executive board member for the National Linen and Dye Workers Union. After retirement she returned to school and received certification for and worked as a nurse’s aide.
Her membership in the NAACP and her passion for social causes that focused on worker and minority rights led her to participate in marches and sit-ins during the civil rights movement.
As a member of Greater Mt. Gideon Baptist Church she served as a deaconess, an usher, president of the missionary society and on various other boards. She was also a member of Eastern Star.
Preceding her in death are her parents, sister Jessie Mae Turner and brother Roosevelt Drain.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories, her husband, Eli Fisher Jr. of Longview; three daughters and son-in-law, Pat Terrell of Longview, Pamela Nelson of Allen and Tammie and Clint Walker of Lewisville; four sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie Drain of Plano, Christopher and Candice Drain, Carlton Drain and Charles and Velma Drain, all of Longview; sisters, Annie B. Latin of Houston and Denise Drain of Orange; brother, Charles Edward Gilmore of Converse; 11 grandchildren, Brandy and Clarice Nelson, Crystal Terrell, Tavoya, Charles, Taveshia and DaQuinton Drain, Erica Drain, Kiandra Drain, Angelece and Elijah Walker; one great-grandson; an aunt; and a host of relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be until 8 p.m. and visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Victory Funeral Services.
Mrs. Fisher’s guestbook and funeral program can be visited at

Mr. T.L. Bozarth, 70, passed away April 16, 2004 in the care of Good Shepherd Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Ardell; two brothers, John Bozarth and wife Lois and Charles Bozarth and wife Betty; one sister, Helen Young and husband BD; two sons, Kenneth Bozarth and Danny Bozarth and wife Janell; daughter, Wanda Stephens and husband James; grandchildren include Rhonda Stephens, David Stephens, Brandi Hicks, Amanda Bozarth, Danny Bozarth Jr., Bryant Bozarth, Mary Waymon and Patti Rhoades; great-grandchildren include Keri, Tristan, Kristan, Tagger, Kaleb, BJ, Josh, Sarah, Christopher, Kolen, Kally, Holly and Cody.
T.L. is preceded in death by his mother, father and two brothers.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Lakeview Funeral Home and services will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the Abundant Life Temple in Gladewater. Mike Mcguire will serve as officiant.
Mr. Bozarth served his country in the U.S. Army and will be deeply missed by his friends and family.

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