Services for W. C. Newkirk, 81, of White Oak will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004 at White Oak Baptist Church with the Revs. Wade Duck and James Kirkland officiating. Burial will follow in the Hickory Grove Cemetery. He died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004 in Longview.
He was born May 22, 1923 in Jessieville, Ark., the son of the late Calvin and Minnie Newkirk. Mr. Newkirk retired as a chief petty officer in the United States Navy and served our country during WWII. He worked for the Civil Conservation Corps and retired as a national life insurance agent. Mr. Newkirk was a member of the White Oak Baptist Church.
Mr. Newkirk is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, David and Sharlet Newkirk of White Oak; two grandsons and their wives, Jon and Joanna Newkirk of Georgetown and Jeb and Kristal Newkirk of White Oak; and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kinney Lois Newkirk, and brothers, Wiley and Albert Newkirk.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore.
NOLA ELIZABETH “BETTY” MARKHAM
Services for Nola Elizabeth “Betty” Markham, 78, of Kilgore were 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Hampton officiating. Burial was in the Danville Cemetery. Mrs. Markham passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004 in Kilgore.
Pallbearers were James Taylor, Timothy Fulgham, Ben Hardin, Jody Sanders, Phillip Fulgham and Ferrell Perkins.
She was born Dec. 5, 1925 in Flomont, Texas. Mrs. Markham spent her life as a homemaker taking care of her family and loving her friends. Her relationship with Jesus and doing His will were foremost in her life, spilling goodness over to her family life. To some she was known as “Church Granny,” a title she proudly received working in the Stoneridge Baptist Church nursery for several years.
Mrs. Markham is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Ratri Markham of Bangkok, Thailand; three daughters, Ruth Markham of Kilgore, Sherry Lewis of Kilgore and Tammy Bogue of Kilgore; a brother, Roy Fulgham of Thornton; four sisters, Dorothy Williams, Margaret Tramel, Paula Watts and Linda Combs, all of Dallas; grandchildren, C.D. Lewis III of Houston, Stephen and Daisha Patti of White Oak, Brett and Jennifer Markham of Rochester, N.Y., Tiffany Markham of Rochester, N.Y., Jade Bogue of Longview and Taylor Bogue of Longview; two great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Her husband, L.D. Markham, and a grandson, Jason Weaver, precede her in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local ministry of your choice.
Mary Ellen Humble
Services for Mary Ellen Humble, 90, of Kilgore, will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2002 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Father Stephen Butts officiating. Burial will follow in the Lindale Cemetery, Lindale, Texas.
Mrs. Humble died Tuesday morning in Jacksonville, Texas.
She was born to John Burwell and Ruth Jones Pope Feb. 11, 1912 in Austin, Texas. Their home was located at 1806 Rio Grande. She was a 1929 graduate of Austin High School and a 1933 graduate of the University of Texas, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
She married Doug Humble and they moved to Kilgore, Texas in the late 1940’s. The Humbles owned and operated the Western Auto store in Kilgore. She was a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a member of the Ladies Alter Guild. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and aviation.
Mrs. Humble is survived by a niece, Sally Pope Fowler of Austin; a nephew, John B. Pope of Corups Christi; a stepson, Doug Humble, Jr. of Athens; seven great-nieces and nephews, Lisa Fowler Rodman of Austin, Brad Fowler of San Miguel, De Allende, Mexico, Edward Fowler of Austin, Ellie Fowler of Austin, John B. Pope of Houston, Daniel F. Pope of Austin, and Brian Pope of Corpus Christs; three step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug Humble, Sr. and a brother, John Burwell Pope, Jr.
The family will receive friends at the Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore Thursday evening between 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
Benjalee Stailey Robberson
Services for Benjie Robberson, 80, of Kilgore will be two p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Reverands Father Tom Woods and Dr. William J. Ingersoll officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery.
Mrs. Robberson died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002 in Longview, Texas.
She was born Sept. 16, 1922 in Dallas, Texas. Benjie attended Dallas Public Schools, North Texas Agricultural College (U.T. Arlington), North Texas State University and received her bachelors degree from Texas State College for Women (T.W.U). She and her husband the late Dr. G.W.J. “Jack” Robberson, moved to Kilgore in 1953 where Dr. Jack began his family medical practice. Benjie loved her church. At St. Paul’s she was the past president of the St. Mary’s Bible Study Guild, a member of the choir, served on the Vestry, and a member of the Daughters of the King St. Clair Chapter.
Mrs. Robberson was a past president of the Kilgore Church Women the Coterie Club, and the Gregg County Medical Society Auxiliary. Benjie was a member of the Evergreen Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Samuel Dinkins Chapter and Laird Country Club. She was a volunteer at the East Texas Oil Museum, Hospice of East Texas, and Meals on Wheels.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and David Wylie of Kilgore; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jim Robberson of Longview, Joe and Mary Catherine Robberson of Longview; a sister, Billie Vaughn of Paris, Texas; four grandchildren, Katie Wylie of Fort Worth, Jaicey Lyn Robberson of Longview, Joshua Wright Robberson of San Marcus, Texas, Candice Leigh Robberson of Longview; several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore Friday evening between 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Mrs. Robberson was preceded in death by her husband, G.W. J. “Jack” Robberson, M.D. and a brother, Benton C. Stailey, Jr.
Henriett “Penny” Kenney
Services for Henriett “Penny” Kenney will be at Faith Tabernacle of God in Christ at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002 with Pastor T.A. Kenney and Rev. Larry Kenney officiating. Burial will follow at Kilgore Memorial Gardens under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home.
Mrs. Kenney died Oct. 14, 2002 at her home.
She was born Dec. 26, 1946 to Johnnie and Illinois Watkins in Longview. At an early age, she became a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Longview. For a brief portion of her life, she lived in Blythe, Calif. where she attended Palo Verde High School. She later returned to Texas and graduated from C.B. Dansby High School in Kilgore in 1965. Mrs. Kenney then attended IBM Career Training Institute in Longvew and earned a certificate in keypunching. She operated Luv Center Daycare from her home for eight years. At Faith Tabernacle, she faithfully served in the choir and in several untitled capacities, with the predominate role being Church Secretary.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Lucille Stpehens; and one brother, Billy Ray Johnson.
Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Freddie Kenney of Kilgore; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tonya Kenney of Missouri City and Oticia Kenney and Mark Graves of Kilgore; one son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Amy Kenney of Flower Mound; one granddaughter; four brothers, Johnnie Watkins, Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif., Robert Harris of Jacksonville, Florida, George Johnson of Corpus Christi, and Troy Johnson of Longview; four sisters, Jean Lacy of Plano, Doris Bradley and Beverly Johnson both of Longview, and Alice Johnson of Kilgore; and a host of relatives and friends.
Fannie Elder Wright
Graveside services for Fannie Elder Wright, 84, of Kilgore will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002 at the Kilgore City Cemetery with Rev. Robert Besser officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore.
Mrs. Wright died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002 in Kilgore.
She was born Dec. 25, 1917 in Kilgore to Jim and Zipora Elder. She was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore. Mrs. Wright was a homemaker and a resident of Kilgore all her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Corine Carlisle.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Wright of Kilgore; sisters and brother-in-law, Dorthey Moore of Houston, Lucille Russell of Kilgore and Rose and Tyrus Johnson of Kilgore; three nephews; and many other loving family and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Greater Hospice of East Texas, 814 Gilmer Road Suite 1, Longview, Texas 75604.
Alfonso T. Luis
Services for Alfonso Luis, 57, of Kilgore, are pending with Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore.
Mr. Luis died Wednesday night, Oct. 16, 2002 in Kilgore.
Sgt. T. Allen Hale Jr. Retired
Graveside services for Sgt. T. Allen Hale Jr. Retired, 59, of Kilgore will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003 at the Danville Cemetery with the Rev. Roy Hardin officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore.
Sgt. Hale died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003 at his home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday.
The family requests memorials be made to Greater Hospice of Texas, P.O. Box 9725, Longview, Texas 75608.
Richard “Ricky” Dean Kimbrell
Services for Richard “Ricky” Kimbrell, 44, of Kilgore will be 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Charles officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mr. Kimbrell died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003 in Kilgore.
He was born Oct. 12, 1958 in Mt. Pleasant to Richard and Mary Kimbrell. He earned a Kuwait Liberation Medal for his participation in Desert Shield and Storm. He received numerous academic, logistical and culinary achievement awards as well as many service medals including a South West Asia Service medal, the National Defense Medal and the Army Service Ribbon from the Army and Air Force during his career. He continued to serve his country in the Air Force Reserve and also worked as a Heaterman for Lebus Manufacturing and manager for The Clean Sweep.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley L. Kimbrell of Kilgore; two daughters and son-in-law, Bonnie and Chad Murphy of Gilmer and Connie Michelle Kimbrell of Kilgore; sisters and brother-in-law, Brenda and Ken Adams of Overton and Mary Ann Kimbrell of Stephenville; several nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
The family will receive friends between 6 and 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Edwin L. Gage
Memorial services for Edwin Lancaster Gage of Kilgore will be 2 pm Friday, Feb. 21, 2003 at the First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore. Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Gage died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003 in Temple.
He was born Aug. 11, 1912 in Ennis and spent the better part of his childhood in Dallas. He graduated from North Dallas High School in 1929 and later studied accounting in the very first class to enroll in Kilgore College in 1935.
He became a graduate in accounting and business administration, courses conducted by the Burroughs Company and the International Accountants Society. Five years ago, he reached the achievement of being among those Texas CPAs who had maintained their licenses for 50 years or more.
Fifty-seven years ago, Mr. Gage founded an accounting and insurance firm, The Gage Insurance Agency, which he operated until the early 1980s. In retirement, he served in the East Texas Oil Museum Docents Guild.
Mr. Gage was a respected businessman and civic leader, particularly in the First Presbyterian Church, and Rotary International. He moved to Kilgore in 1935 and became a member of the Federal Tender Board and later, the Pan American Pipe Line Company.
He was an energetic Rotarian and he and his wife traveled worldwide to International Rotarian conventions. They were citizens of the world and for several years were hosts to diverse foreign exchange students attending school in Kilgore. Mr. Gage served as president of the Kilgore Rotary Club and was eventually honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1977.
He served his country in the U.S. and Midway Island in the Western Pacific in World War II as a member of the United States Navy Construction Battalion (Sea Bees). He was inducted into Who's Who in Texas in 1973, having distinguished himself by serving as president of the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and the Knife and Fork Club. He was also an officer in Kilgore Community Concert Association and the Laird Country Club.
As an active Mason in Danville Lodge No. 101, he held a 32nd Degree in Waco Scottish Rite Bodies, and he belonged to Sharon Temple shrine. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church for 65 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Beulah Hughes McElwee Gage in 1979.
Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Rosemary Mullins of Temple, Jacquelyn and F. George Hatt Jr. of Fort Worth, and Florence Bass of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Kilgore First Presbyterian Church Organ Fund or to charity of choice.