Funeral services for Ozell Howard, 66, of Overton will be 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2004 at Zion Baptist Church of Overton with the Rev. Jimmy Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Overton City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Victory Funeral Services.
Melvin Ozell Howard was born June 20, 1938 to Bud and Josie Daniels Howard. He departed this life on Nov. 4, 2004 at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.
He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Zion Baptist Church in Overton, where he served as chairman of deacons, a member of the male chorus and senior choir, maintenance man and all-around devoted and active member. He was also a member of a community singing group known as the Gospelaires.
A graduate of Kilgore Colored High School, he was employed with J.W. Green Contractors in Overton for 48 years. Mr. Howard was active in the Overton community baseball leagues, coaching the Mothership Connection and the Angels teams.
He married Donna Howard on Jan. 31, 1971 and they had three children, Tracy, Sherrie and Yolanda.
He is preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Mae L. Smith, Fannie B. Brown, Annie B. Hill and Lorene Howard; and one great-grandchild.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 33 years, Donna; son and daughter-in-law, Tracy and Leah Howard of Overton; four daughters, Donnie Fonza of Dallas; Vickie Grant, Sherrie Howard and Yolanda Howard, all of Overton; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Cammie Booker and J.E. Roberson of Overton, Lois Walker of Forth Worth and Bette and H.B. Bryant of Norfolk, Va.; seven grandchildren, Andre Fonza, Ameril Fonza, Markeith Grant, Crystal Grant, Zachary Howard, Trevor Howard and Kencia Lee; several sisters- and brothers-in-law; and a host of friends and other relatives, including a god-daughter and a special niece.
Public viewing will be from noon until 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at Victory Funeral Services.
HAROLD M. BARR JR.
Services for Harold M. Barr Jr. of Kilgore, former resident of Patterson, La., were 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore with the Revs. Robert and Pam Besser officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Mr. Barr died Sunday night, Nov. 7, at Hospice Homeplace in Tyler.
Pallbearers were David Barr, Chad Felterman, Cecil Carter, Darrell Britt, Kenneth Barr and William Roy Barr.
He was born Dec. 21, 1949 in Odessa, and was a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, La. He had been a civil engineer in the East Texas area.
His father, Harold M. Barr Sr., and a son, Justin Barr, precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Sharon Barr of Kilgore; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Adam Dowell of Kilgore; mother, Rebecca Barr of Patterson, La.; three sisters and their husbands, Harolyn Boyles, Peggy adn Johnny Darce and Linda and Danny Felterman, all of Patterson, La.; two brothers and their wives, Roy and Sandra Barr and Kenneth and Dianne Barr, all of Patterson, La.; and several nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 401 E. Main, Kilgore, Texas 75662.
AMY ELIZABETH BARNETT
Services for Amy Elizabeth Barnett, 93, of Kilgore were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dick Stagner officiating. Entombment was in the Rusk County Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Barnett went to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 4.
Pallbearers were James Samuel Kennedy, Michael Andrew Kennedy, Timothy Barnett, Paul Barnett and Stanley Hall.
She was born March 28, 1911 in Texarkana, Ark., daughter of the late Charles and Mary Shuflin. Elizabeth and John moved to Kilgore in 1942 where they lived, worked and raised their two children. She was born the second oldest of nine children of a Baptist preacher. Her family roots were very important to her. Nursing was Elizabeth’s life and passion. While pediatrics was her first love she held many positions at the Roy H. Laird Hospital in Kilgore, including Director of Nurses, Head of Pharmacy and Emergency Room. In 1979 the District 25 Nurse’s Association honored her as “Nurse of the Year.” She also did private duty nursing and concluded her career working weekends at several local nursing homes. Elizabeth was very active in her professional organizations, community and was a longtime member of the Eastview Baptist Church. The Alzheimer’s disease slowed her pace and she has been in a nursing home the past 10 years. Elizabeth made this world better because of her dedicated service as a registered nurse, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a sister. She was loved and will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, who died seven years ago.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Kennedy and her husband Jim of Grapeland; a son, John Jr. and his wife Joy of Gladewater; grandchildren, Sherri, James and Michael Kennedy, Tim and Paul Barnett and Stan Hall; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Lundquist of Jasper; and a brother, Charles Shuflin of Bossier City, La.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Margaret Matlock Nursing Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 1294, Kilgore, TX 75662.
LARRY RAY PIERCE
Funeral service for Larry Ray Pierce, 51, of Kilgore were 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Burial was in the Danville Cemetery. Mr. Pierce passed away Monday, Nov. 8, in a Longview hospital.
Pallbearers were Bennie Spear, Robert Pierce, Brandon Pierce, Mark Reid, Larry Melton, Butch Copeland and Tyrus Johnson.
He was born March 21, 1953 in Kilgore, son of Harold and Cleo Pierce. Larry graduated from Kilgore High School in 1971. After graduation from high school he joined the United State Navy and later went to work for the United States Postal Service in Dallas.
He is survived by his mother, Cleo Pierce; two brothers, Harold Pierce and his wife Pearlene of Deberry and Tommy Pierce and his wife Susan of Carthage; sister, Judy Ellerd of Kilgore; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews along with a host on loving family and friends.
His father, Harold Pierce Sr., preceded Larry in death.
Services for Sid Branson, 65, of Kilgore, former resident of Garland and Rowlett, were at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Besser officiated. Burial followed in the Grace Hill Cemetery in Longview. Mr. Branson passed away Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005 in Kilgore.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters; five grandchildren; mother of his children; many loving friends.
JAY ‘ALAN’ JERDEN JR.
Funeral services for Jay ‘Alan Jerden Jr, 21, of Rockwall were 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel with Dr. Aubrey Patterson officiated. Burial followed in Rest Haven Memorial Park. He died Feb. 26, 2005.
He is survived by father and step-mother; mother and step-father; one sister; step-siblings; grandparents.
BOBBY W. DILLARD
Services for Bobby W. Dillard, 57, of Overton were ten a.m., Monday, February 28, 2005 at Rader Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Don Beebe officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery. Mr. Dillard passed away Saturday, February 26, 2005 in Tyler, Texas.
He was born March 13, 1947 in Kilgore, Texas. Mr. Dillard was a member of the Grace Baptist Church. He worked for Harris Bros. from 1971 until 1998. Mr. Dillard served in the U.S. Army for two years and the U.S. Navy for four years during the Vietnam War. He had many friends in the East Texas Oil Fields. Bobby loved his family and friends and will be missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Dillard is survived by his wife Patricia Dillard of Overton; mother Myrtle Dillard of Livingston; daughter Traci Dillard of Longview; grandson Dalton Ray Cobb of Liberty city; two brothers Larry Dillard of Kilgore and Ricky Dillard of Kilgore; sister Pam Garr of Kilgore; cousin Bobby Puett, Jr. of Livingston; six step-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Bobby is preceded in death by his father H.A. Bob Dillard and his daughter, Mylinda Dillard.
Memorial contributions can be made to East Texas Hospice or to the American Cancer Association.
Pallbearers were Elton Woodall, George Smith, Joe Sanders, Terry Everett, Wayne McFarland, Ed Norris, David Edmonson and John Jones.
Sammy J. Callens, Sr.
Services for Sammy J. Callens, Sr., 52, of Kilgore, will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 at the First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Brian Nutt officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore.
Mr. Callens died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002 at his home.
He was born April 13, 1950 in Kilgore and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. He worked for Central Freight Lines for 25years. Mr. Callens was active in the Band Boosters, T-Ball and was a Dixie League Baseaball coach.
Survivors include his wife, Vikki Callens of Kilgore; three daughters and sons-in-law, Nikki and Clay Radford of Angleton, Shauntell and Tim McGuire of Gladewater and Aimee and James Gilliland of Kilgore; a son, Jay Callens of Kilgore; parents, Thurman and Sarah Callens of Kilgore; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenny and Ginger Callens of Kilgore and Gary and Ann Callens of Liberty City; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 15998 FM 2276 North, Kilgore, Texas 75662; or to the American Heart Association.
Attacia Dee Haskin
Services for Attacia Dee Haskin will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 at Bethel Temple with District Elder Robert L. Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Grace Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Craig Funeral Home.
Miss Haskin died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002.
Survivors include her son, Elijah Hall; father, Len Haskin; grandparents; five aunts and nine uncles.
The family will recieve friends tonight from 7 until 8 p.m.
Services for Mabel Wiley, 92, of Kiglore, are pending with Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore.
Mrs. Wiley died Wednesday at her residence.
Billie Stewart Reynolds
Services for Mrs. Billie Stewart Reynolds, 91, of Kilgore, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2002 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Father Stephen Butts officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore.
Mrs. Reynolds died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002 at her home.
She was born June 26, 1911 in Jackson, Miss. Mrs. Reynolds was a registered nurse. She worked at Kilgore Memorial Hospital as an office nurse for D.C. Simmons, M.D. and worked for many years at Roy H. Laird Hospital.
Mrs. Reynolds is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Vaughan O. and Sharron L. Stewart of Lake Jackson; three grandchildren, John W. Stewart of Fort Worth, Leslie M. Stewart of Austin and Melissa L. Stewart of San Antonio; two sisters, Myrtis Allison of Columbia, La., and Myrtle Slay of Olla, La.; and several nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening between 6 and 7 p.m. at the funeral home; and again Friday afternoon in the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church between 1 and 1:30 p.m.
Edith C. Trotter
MINEOLA — Services for Edith C. Trotter of Mineola will be in Fairoaks, Calif. under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home in Longview. Burial will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Fairoaks, Calif.
Mrs. Trotter died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002.