Services for Mr. Calvin Britt, 76, of Karnack, formerly of Kilgore, will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2004 in the chapel of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore with the Rev. Joe Chism officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Memorial Gardens cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. He died Saturday morning at his home in Karnack.
Mr. Britt was born April 20, 1927 in Lincoln Parish, La., the son of the late John Terry and Gertrude Britt. He graduated from high school in Dubach, La., served in the United States Army during World War Two and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Mr. Britt was a member and Past Master of the Danville Masonic Lodge #101 in Kilgore. He was also a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite bodies of the Masonic Lodge and Sharon Temple of the Shrine. He was a past Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop #265 in Kilgore.
Mr. Britt worked and retired in January 1985 from Mobil Oil. Upon retirement he moved to Caddo Lake, one of the places he loved most on this earth, where he pursued his dream of hunting, fishing and helping friends and neighbors full time.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary Goodwin Britt of Karnack; son, Terry Britt of Karnack; three granddaughters, Melanie Smith and husband David of Lumberton, Kimberly Spruiell and husband Carl of Marshall and Kristy Gothard and husband Jeremie of Gladewater; five grandchildren; seven sisters, Doris McDaniels of Springfield, Mo., Ruth Simmons of Kilgore, Joyce Green of Longview, Virginia Britt of Kilgore, Lydia McKinley of Minden, La., Rhoda Nelson of Simsboro, La., and Myra Nelson of Ruston, La.; mother-in-law, Melba Goodwin of Plano; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles Goodwin of Kilgore, Lawrence Goodwin of Dallas and Sherry Goodwin Brown of Plano.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday afternoon from 2 until 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Hearts Way Hospice of Northeast Texas.
Graveside services for Julia Greene, 80, of Paris, formerly of Kilgore, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004 at Lakeview Cemetery in Longview, with the Revs. Robert Besser and Ralph Rudy officiating. Mrs. Green died Feb. 20, 2004 in Paris.
The family will receive friends between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore.
DARCY LYNN MCKINNEY
Services for Darcy Lynn McKinney, 41, of Liberty City were 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Roger Hoffpowier and Don Beebe officiating. Burial was at Kigore Memorial Gardens. Mrs. McKinney died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2004 in Longview.
Pallbearers were Tracy McKinney, Rusty McKinney, Brian McKinney, Doug McKinney, Scott McKinney and Kevin McKinney.
Mrs. McKinney was born in Kilgore on Feb. 27, 1962 to Darrell and Mary Jo McKinney. Her brother, Arlin McKinney, and her father precede her in death.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Long of Liberty City; daughters, Sarah Herrington of Athens and Erica Council and husband Scottie Craig of Kilgore; son, Trey Council of Longview; granddaughter, Mary Alyson Craig; mother, Mary Jo McKinney of Forney; sisters and brothers-in-law, Brenda and John Starkey of Forney and Jodie and Clay Bushnell of Sour Lake; and many nieces and nephews.
ROXIE KATHLEEN ELLINGTON
Memorial services for Roxie Kathleen Ellington, 78, of Hurst were 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at College Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills. Born Nov. 4, 1925, she died Feb. 12, 2004 at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth.
Mrs. Ellington is survived by her husband, Bill Ellington of Hurst; brother, James Hazle of Carlsbad, N.M.; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Katie Fuller; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Joe Fuller, in June 2003.
Services for Jimmy Myers, 71, of Kilgore were 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenith Cline and Bro. Mark Woodard officiating. Burial was in Danville Cemetery. Mr. Myers died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 in Longview.
Pallbearers were Jerry Woods, Jerry Hankins, Larry Gaudet, Bobby Reyes, Bobby Clawson and Chad Greene.
He was born June 30, 1932 in Harris, Okla. His family moved to Kilgore in 1938. When he was in ninth grade they moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and he graduated from J Freemont High School. Mr. Myers served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He attended Kilgore College before going to work at East Texas Salt Water Company in 1961. Mr. Myers was a member of the Rusk County Democrat Club, where he was past president, and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union, Local Lodge 2641, Kilgore.
Mr. Myers is survived by his wife, Jimmie Myers of Kilgore; daughter, Susan Myers of Kilgore; an aunt; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James L. and Gladyce Myers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice.
JAMES CURTIS PELHAM
Memorial graveside services for James Curtis Pelham, 51, of San Marcus and formerly of Kilgore will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2004 at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Elkhart. Burial arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.
Mr. Pelham died Tuesday, April 13, in San Marcus. He was born April 14, 1952 in Kilgore to Melvin and Callie Isbell Pelham. Mr. Pelham was a contractor for heating and air conditioning.
Mr. Pelham was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by a daughter, Callie Pelham of Austin; son, Cole Pelham of Edna; and sisters, Susie Davis of Wimberley and Doris Armstrong of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Services for Rosetta Girdler, 56, of Kilgore were 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with Pastor James Wood officiating. Burial was in the Kilgore Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mrs. Girdler passed away Tuesday morning, April 13, 2004 at the Hospice Home Place in Tyler.
Pallbearers were Glen Eyeman, Jack Boney, Mark Williams, Brandon Parker, Glen Cherry and Richard Thrash.
Mrs. Girdler was born Sept. 4, 1947 in Dry Ridge, Ky., the daughter of James and Mayme Smith. She was a member of the Eastview Church of God and a homemaker.
Her father, James B. Smith, and a brother, Robert Smith, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Girdler of Kilgore; three sons, Gene Langley of Rawlins, Wyo., Tommy Langley of Rockwall and Mike Langley of Dallas; three daughters, Sherry House and Ginger Lynn Girdler of Kilgore and Rose Marie Hampton of Henderson; her mother, Mayme Arnold of Dry Ridge, Ky.; three brothers, Jim Smith of Corbin, Ky., Michel Smith of Erlanger, Ky., and Howard Smith of Dry Ridge, Ky.; two sisters, Brenda Kay O’Dell of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Lil Smith of Dry Ridge, Ky.; and four grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to the Hospice of East Texas Homeplace, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.
DAVID RICHARD PECK
Graveside services for David Richard Peck, 54, of Kilgore will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2004 at the Kilgore Memorial Gardens. Mr. Peck passed away Wednesday, April 14, in Longview.
Mr. Peck was born Nov. 15, 1949 in Kilgore, the son of the late Robert and Jeff Peck. David was a graduate of Kilgore High school. He attended Kilgore Junior College where he played on the basketball team. Mr. Peck also attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Mr. Peck worked in the newspaper industry in the field of advertising. David will always be remembered for his great sense of humor.
Mr. Peck is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Cindy Peck of Longview; one niece, Ashley Paige Peck of Longview; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other loving family and friends.
JOHNNY B. “BUD” WHITAKER
Services for Johnny B. “Bud” Whitaker, 62, of Henderson will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2004 at Lakeview Baptist Church, Henderson, with the Rev. Rufus Pollard, Reginald Weatherton and Ronald Fields officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Southern Funeral Home, Henderson.
Mr. Whitaker was born April 22, 1942 in Henderson, and he died May 12, 2004 in Georgiana, Ala.
A life-long resident of Henderson, he attended public schools there and was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church. He was employed by R&B Oder in Gladewater.
Mr. Whitaker was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit Whitaker Sr. and Lorine Whitaker; a daughter, Delores Shead; and a brother, Albert James Whitaker.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 35 years, Earthie Whitaker of Henderson; two sons, Johnny B. Whitaker Jr. and wife Temekia of Longview and Timothy Whitaker of Henderson; four daughters, Denice Baah and husband Joe, Marcie Jean Finkley and husband Mack, Regina Shead and husband Larry, all of Longview, and Jacquline Whitaker of Henderson; three sisters, Mary Mouton and Edith Pimpleton, both of Los Angeles, Calif., and Ella Mae Gandy and husband Roland of Pacoima, Calif.; three brothers, John T. Whitaker and wife Nancy of Canoga Park, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Whitaker Jr., Roland Gandy Jr., Antonio Chisholm, Edward J. Mouton, Odell Pollard, J.B. Freeney, Mack Kelly and Mack O. Finkley. Honorary pallbearers will be John T. Whitaker, Kermit Whitaker Jr., Terry Whitaker, Roland Gandy Sr., Tommy Strong and Bernard Linthecome.
Services for Etta Ostine Campbell, 77, of Kilgore were 10 a.m. Thursday, May 20, 2004 at the Hickory Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Freeman Pierce officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Campbell died Monday, May 17, in Kilgore.
Pallbearers were Alton Walker, Buddy Walker, Charles Broadwater, Kenneth Alston, Hugh Sparkman and Phillip Colley.
She was born Feb. 13, 2004 in Center. Affectionately known as “Granny” to her family and friends, Mrs. Campbell was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose legacy includes the memory of her time as a devoted caregiver to her ailing husband. She loved her family and her church, blessing all who knew her with her quick wit and creative talents as a skilled seamstress and wonderful cook. She took great joy in simple pleasures, tending her flowers and in times past, spending her leisure time on the lake catching crappie and bass.
Mrs. Campbell is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sondra and David Spinks of Kilgore; son, Dan Campbell of Cedar Hill; two sisters, Bobbie Ryals of Woodville and Nancy Glasgow of Haughton, La.; two grandchildren, Chris and Gail Spinks of Pasadena, Calif., and Brad and Ashley Spinks of Canyon Lake; a great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Campbell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
NOLA ELIZABETH “BETTY” MARKHAM
Services for Nola Elizabeth “Betty” Markham, 78, of Kilgore will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Hampton officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery. Mrs. Markham passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004 in Kilgore.
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, Jonah Markham of Rochester, N.Y., and Braxton James Patti of White Oak; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Her husband, L.D. Markham, and a grandson, Jason Weaver, precede her in death.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening at Rader Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local ministry of your choice.
KENESHIA FRANCESA HATTER
Services for Keneshia Fracesa Hatter, 18, of Overton will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 at Scott’s Memorial C.M.E. Church, Overton, with Pastor Peggy Taylor, Lynn Ward, the Rev. I. Brager and Bishop Stanley Lawson officiating. Burial will be in Overton City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Funeral Home.
A life-long resident of Overton, she was born Dec. 28, 1985 in Henderson. Miss Hatter died Friday, Nov. 5, at Laird Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Scott’s Memorial C.M.E. Church.
Miss Hatter was preceded in death by a brother, Justin Hatter.
She is survived by her parents, Gwendolyn (Gwen) Hatter of Overton and Kenneth Ray Roberts of Henderson; brother, Christopher (Marcus) Hatter of Overton; grandmothers, Aline Hatter of Overton and Emmie D. Ward of Henderson; two aunts, Mary Hawkins and Shelia Smith of Tyler; and three uncles, Maurice and John Hatter of Overton and Don Alvin Hatter of Dallas.
Pallbearers will be Joe Roberts, Fred Childers, Alton Harvey, Chris Johnson, David Clint Brown and Traveon Ragsdale. Honorary pallbearers will be Marcus Hatter, Datrion Childers, Jerome Hawkins, Gerald Roberts, Sedrick Smith and Joshua Smith.