JOSHUA RAY VERNON
A memorial service for Joshua Ray Vernon, 26, of Louisville, Ky., former Leverett’s Chapel student, was held Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004 at his grandparents’ home in Kilgore. Cremation was under the direction of a Louisville funeral home.
Mr. Vernon died Feb. 11 in Louisville. He was born Sept. 14, 1977 in Tyler. He started school in Overton ISD and later attended Leverett’s Chapel school where he was on the annual staff and the student council.
He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Jeannie Heldenbrand, Feb. 12, 1986.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Kathy and Eddie Zohn of Byhalia, Miss.; father, Donald Ray Vernon of Abilene; brother, Chance Watson of California; grandparents, Lee and Roma Hughes of Kilgore and Frank Heldenbrand of Turnertown; three uncles; three aunts; and numerous cousins and other relatives.
JO THREADGILL MAY
Services for Jo Threadgill May, 76, of Kilgore, were 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with the Revs. Robert Besser and Ralph Rudy officiating. Burial was in the Kilgore Cemetery. Mrs. May died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004 in Kilgore.
Pallbearers were Larry Covin, Arkie Gazette, David Headrick, Paul Spear, Willie Roberts and Phillip Smith. Honorary Don Peters, Fred Zorn, Kenneth Gibson and Doyle Freeman.
Mrs. May was born Sept. 6, 1927 in Fort Smith, Ark., to J.W. and Margaret Matlock. She and her family moved to Joinerville in 1930. Mrs. May attended Gaston School and was a 1944 graduate of Kilgore High School before she attended Kilgore College. She became the secretary to the dean of Kilgore College, Cruce Stark. Jo Matlock married 1st Lt. Delmer Threadgill and moved to Japan. He was later killed in action in the Korean Conflict.
After moving back to Kilgore Mrs. May worked for East Texas Salt Water Company from 1958-1980. She married James May Nov. 19, 1966. Mrs. May was the office manager for May Engineering before they retired in 1991. She was a 60-year member of the St. Luke's United Methodist Church where she became a certified Lay Leader. Mrs. May was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for over 50 years and active in the Club Au Courant.
She is survived by her husband, James May of Kilgore; son and daughter-in-law, Del and Lane Threadgill of Dallas; two grandsons, Mat Threadgill of Dallas and Warren Threadgill of Atlanta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Margaret Matlock Nursing Scholarship, P.O. Box 1294, Kilgore, Texas 75663.
LORENE E. HANCOCK
Graveside services for Lorene E. Hancock, 85, Carlisle, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery (State Hwy. 323 near Henderson) with the Rev. Dick Cayce officiating, under the direction of Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton.
Mrs. Hancock died Tuesday, April 6, in Overton. She was born Feb. 8, 1919 in Rosie, Ark., to the late Will and Maggie Lucy. She had been a resident of East Texas since 1943, when she moved from Arkansas. Mrs. Hancock was a seamstress and was a member of the Carlisle United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Hancock was preceded in death by her husband, George Hancock, in 1979; a son, John Hancock; two brothers, Otis Lucy and Virgil Lucy; and three sisters, Willie Winfry, Agnes Huff and Ann Arnold.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Joruth Hancock of Tyler and Gene and Charlene Hancock ofWright City; a daughter, Georgia Gaddis of Hallsville; 12 grandchildren, Jason Hancock, Adam Hancock, Matt Hancock, Devin Glenn, Shannon Hancock, Tina Smyres, Angela Jackson, Christie Hancock, Wendy Hancock, Kenny Gaddis, Curtis Gaddis and Brian Gaddis; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701.
JESSE RAY WILLIAMS
Services for Jesse Ray Williams, 72, of Mount Enterprise will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2004 at Union Spring Baptist Church with the Rev. J.W. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Hall’s Cemetery, Mount Enterprise, under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Henderson.
Mr. Williams died Sunday, April 4, at Willowbrook Nursing Center in Nacogdoches. He was born June 27, 1931 in Rusk Conty and attended schools in Minden.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Nannie Williams; wife, Jewel Sanders; three brothers, two sisters and two step-children.
He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Rosie L. and Tommy Jones of Wichita, Kan., and Normal Williams of Rockwall; nine step-children, John R. and Marie Sanders of Copperas Cove, John and Debra Sanders of Dallas, William and Erica Sanders and Alvin Sanders, all of Terrell, Todd Sanders of San Antonio, Don and Gloria Sanders of Kaufman, Ronnie and Lisa Sanders of Mount Enterprise, Terri Sanders of Carrollton and Zandra Sanders of Kaufman; a sister, Margaret Lewis of Portland, Ore.; four grandchildren and 23 step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and three step-great-grandchildren; two special nephews; and other loving friends.
Pallbearers will be Charles Hawkins, Artis Starling, Billy Ray Williams, Tommy Jones, C.B. McAlister, Lester Hodge and E. Hodge. Mr. Williams’ step-sons will serve as honorary pallbearers.
DOUGLAS LYNN CLINKSCALES
Services for Douglas Lynn Clinkscales, 71, of The Woodlands will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at Crossroads Baptist Church in The Woodlands with pastor Larry York officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home. Mr. Clinkscales went to be with the Lord on May 16 after a courageous battle with cancer.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at Forest Park The Woodlands.
Doug was born to Albert and Gladys Clinkscales on August 6, 1932 in Jefferson, Texas. He attended school in Kilgore, Texas and served four years in the U.S. Navy. He married Janet Bates and moved to Houston in 1957. He was employed for 47 years with Hughes Tool Company now known as Baker Hughes. He served the Lord as deacon in several Baptist churches. Doug will always be remembered for his faith in the Lord, love for his family, honesty, integrity, and his servant heart.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lounette Wilkins.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years Janet Bates Clinkscales; sons, Douglas Jay and wife Beth, and Joel Lynn and wife Teresa; five grandchildren, Jeffrey, Daniel, Michael, Hannah and Caleb; brothers, Larry and wife Joann, Tommy and wife Barbara, and Rodney and wife Jean; three sisters, Billye and M. C. Silvertooth, Peggy and Archie Tehan and Patsy Hanson; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Clinkscales, Ricky Silvertooth, Howard Husley, Richard Abrahams, Anton Zahradnik and Jack Tipton. Honorary pallbearers will be friend Bill Hulsey and the deacons of Crossroads Baptist Church.
The family wishes to thank the army of prayer warriors from Crossroads Baptist Church as well as Hospice nurse Leigh Gray. In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family request memorials be made in his name to the Building Fund at Crossroads Baptist Church, 6565 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381.
DORIS TYLER SHELTON
Graveside services for Doris Tyler Shelton, 82, of Kilgore will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery with the Rev. Jonathan Latham officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Mrs. Shelton died Monday, May 17, 2004 at the Gregg Home for the Aged.
Mrs. Shelton was born April 28, 1922 in Rising Star, the daughter of the late Allie and Agnes Tyler. She was a member of the Forest Home Baptist Church and had owned and operated the Campus Lunch Cafe across from the Kilgore High School.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Benjamin Olvin Shelton Jr. of Kilgore; son, Robert “Bob” Benjamin Shelton and wife Alice of White Oak; two daughters, Ruth Ann Smith and husband Ronny of Jefferson and Mary Loraine Hearn of Kilgore; two sisters, Cleta Parsons of Wichita, Kan., and Easter Burna Scott of Hewitt; a brother, Jack Tyler of Brownwood; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the funeral home.
Services for Etta Ostine Campbell, 77, of Kilgore will be10 a.m. Thursday, May 20, 2004 at the Hickory Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Freeman Pierce officiating. Burial will follow in the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Campbell died Monday, May 17, in Kilgore.
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.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Wednesday evening between 6 and 7:30.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
WILL TURNER BABER
Funeral services for Will Turner Baber, 83, Tyler, formerly of Overton, were 2 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2004 in the Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Overton City Cemetery. Mr. Baber died Saturday, May 15, in a Tyler nursing home.
He was born Sept. 2, 1920 in Paul's Valley, Okla., to the late Lester and Louise Stokes Baber. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marines and worked in pipeline construction for 41 years as a diesel mechanic. His work took him abroad frequently and throughout the continental United States. His last job was on the Alaskan pipeline.
He had lived in Overton for over 35 years and he was a 50-year member of the Masonic Blue Lodge # 671, Hughes Springs and a 32nd degree Mason.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila Jane Baber, on Oct. 22, 1993; a son, Lester Baber; and two brothers, Robert Baber and Joe Baber.
Survivors include a daughter, Sue Baber of Fort Worth; a step-son, John Tucker of Overton; a brother, Jack Baber of Tyler; a sister, Frances Arrington of Stephenville; grandchildren, John Baber and Darin Baber; step-grandchildren, Ramona Reed and John William Tucker; two step-great-grandchildren;; a step great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Brian Baber, Ben Arrington, Dan Baber, Shane West, Francis Brown and John Patrick.
DEAN JOSEPH MCEVOY
Funeral services for Dean Joseph McEvoy, 34, of Big Sandy will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004 in the chapel of Rader Funeral Home. He passed away Saturday, Aug. 14, as a result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the funeral home.
Mr. McEvoy was born in Detroit, Mich., on July 16, 1970 to Patrick and Holly McEvoy and had been a resident of Big Sandy for the past four years. He was a resident of the East Texas area for most of his life and was a salesman for Total Service Supply in Kilgore.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of nine years, Alicia McEvoy of Big Sandy; daughters, Katherine and Deanna McEvoy of Big Sandy; parents, Pat and Holly McEvoy of Longview; brother, Steven McEvoy of Longview; grandmother, Carol Kotz of Liberty City; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alfred and Dorothy Klotz of Big Sandy; brother-in-law, Michael Klotz of Idaho; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network.
BILLY WAYNE STILL
Funeral services for Billy Wayne Still, 63, of Laird Hill, are pending at Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home. Overton. Mr. Still passed away, Monday, Aug. 16, 2004 in Tyler.
ELEANER L. REDDIC
Funeral services for Eleaner L. Reddic, 89, were 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004 at Harmony Pirtle Baptist Church in Overton. Interment was at Pirtle Cemetery in Overton, under the direction of Jenkins-Garmon Funeral Home in Henderson. Mrs. Reddic died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004 at Henderson Health & Rehabilitation Center.
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., Jode 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.