Gary "Chigger" Clark
Graveside services for Gary “Chigger” Clark, 52, of Kilgore were be two p.m., Friday, February 1, 2002 at the Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview, Texas with the Mr. Charles Wilborn and Reverend Dick Cayce officiating. Mr. Clark died Wednesday, January 30, 2002 in Longview, Texas.
He was born August 8, 1949 in Kilgore, Texas. Mr. Clark attended Kilgore Public Schools and San Marcus Baptist Academy. He was a Baptist and a motorcycle enthusiast.
Mr. Clark is survived by his son, Keith B. Clark of Ben Wheeler, Texas; two sisters, Faye Wiggins Richards of Kilgore, Gail Shafer of Kilgore; aunts and uncles, Julia Bourg of Henderson, Lu Hanks of Kilgore, Nick Dennis of Kilgore, Lois Clark of Overton; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Johnnie Ruth Clark.
Memorial contributions may be made to the East Texas Treatment Center, Kilgore, Texas.
Mary Larue Masters
Mary Larue Masters was born October 3, 1911 on a farm near Rocky Mount Church just east of Overton, Texas and passed away Monday, January 28, 2002.
She was one of five children survived by her sister Helen Dennig of Lubbock.
She lived in Kilgore since the early “boom days” and was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1945. Cooking, talking on the phone, attending church, church socials and driving her car were some of her greatest pastimes. Christmas was her favorite time of the year, and she took great pleasure with everyone opening gifts and listening to Christmas music.
Her husband Calvin Masters along with her brothers Hiram, Bill and Wilburn Piercy and her sister in law Louise Piercy preceded her in death.
Mary was devoted to her daughter Clara Jean Thornton and grandchildren Casey, Mathew and Brant and her good friend and son in law Don, as well as her great granddaughter Callie Milam and grandson in law Steve Milam.
Also surviving Mary is her devoted sister in law, Jackie Piercy of Lubbock along with her nieces and nephews Dwayne, Mike, Brian, Mark, Scott, Blair, Stacie and their children.
Mary had a very long and happy life surrounded by her family, friends and church but was ready and prepared to join her savior Jesus Christ. Her family and friends will remember her lovingly, as we know we will have an angel among us.
Services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2002 at ten o’clock a.m. in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore with the Reverend David Hampton officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday night from seven until eight o’clock at the funeral home.
H.G. "George" Hale
Graveside services for H. G. “George” Hale, 85, of Kilgore will be two p.m., Friday, January 25, 2002 at the Kilgore Cemetery with the Reverend James Griffin officiating. Mr. Hale died Tuesday, January 22, 2002 in Tyler, Texas.
He was born April 13, 1916 to John W. and Leona Miller Hale in the Brewster Community near Clarksville, TX. Mr. Hale attended Brewster schools and Clarksville High School. He married Lucile Shoulders Hale, December 13, 1935 in Antlers, OK. They moved to Kilgore in 1936 where they resided most of the 66 years of their marriage.
After 30 years employment with the Johns-Manville Corp., Mr. Hale retired in 1981 as a field representative in the Pipe Division.
Mr. Hale is survived by three daughters, Peggy Bates of Tyler, Pat Hale of Kilgore, Jeanne McClendon of Liberty City; five grandchildren, Laura Rogers of Dallas, Cyndy Talley of White Oak, Shari Johansson of Morrison, Colorado, Russ H. Bates of New York City, LeAnne Priest of Tyler; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hale was preceded in death by his wife who died November 18, 2001. He was also preceded by his seven brothers and two sisters.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Mark Miller of Kilgore, and Mr. Hale’s friends at Country Place Village as well as longtime friends in The Think Tank Coffee Club, which meets daily at the Char-Burger.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Feddie Mae Perry
Graveside services for Mrs. Feddie Mae Perry, 91, of Kilgore will be two o’clock in the afternoon, January 22, 2002 at Rock Springs Cemetery with the Minister Leon Bates officiating. Mrs. Perry passed away in Longview Sunday morning, January 20, 2002.
Mrs. Perry was born, March 21, 1910, in Winnsboro, Texas to her late parents J. J. and Lois Ashberry. She had lived in the Kilgore area since 1979, and was a member of the Goforth Road Church of Christ. Mrs. Perry was a devoted and loving homemaker and wife. Her true passion was for flowers and gardening. She also enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.
Her husband Phillip Don Perry preceded Mrs. Perry in death in 1988.
Mrs. Perry is survived by a sister Helen Jackson Poplin of Arlington, TX; a brother James R. Ashberry of North Littlerock, AR; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.
The family of Mrs. Perry will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore Monday evening from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Graveside services for Della Dyer, 78, of Kilgore will be two p.m., Tuesday, at the Kilgore cemetery with the Pastor Paul Donaldson officiating. Mrs. Dyer died Sunday, January 20, 2002 in Tyler, Texas after a long illness.
She was born October 27, 1923 in Oklahoma. Mrs. Dyer was a graduate of Leverett’s Chapel High School.
Mrs. Dyer is survived by her husband of 32 years, Hurbert Gean Dyer of Whitehouse; children, Glenda Darlene Crowder of Kilgore, Carolyn June Spence of Winnsboro, Elizabeth Ann Clinton of Leveretts Chapel, Wanda Sue Still of Kilgore, Rubbin Edman Branscom of Overton; stepchildren, Donna Mathews of Overton, Nikki Dunsford of Tealsville, Gary Dyer of Kilgore, Melissa Spurger of Tyler; sisters, Velva Doering of California, Evelyne Corley of Pahuska, Oklahoma, Bonnie Tarquinio of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Junie Reagh of New Diana; a brother, Jack Wininger of Kilgore; twenty six grandchildren; thirty-eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Sadie Harris; her first husband, Rubbin Edman Branscom; brothers and sisters, Gerald Harris, Parl Harris, Vesta Beattie, Ed Harris, Marcella Scott and Joe Harris.
The family will receive friends at the Rader Funeral Home funeral home Monday evening between six and eight p.m.
Services for Mrs. Nancy Phelps, 56, of Kilgore will be at ten o’clock a.m., Tuesday January 22, 2002 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends James Singleton, Vaun Henry and Don Beebe officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mrs. Phelps passed away January 19, 2002 at a Tyler hospital
Mrs. Phelps was born March 7, 1945 in Clarksville, Texas, the daughter of Clarence and Frances Davidson. She is a longtime member of Pinecrest Baptist Church. Mrs. Phelps was a devoted and loving homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. All who knew her will miss her.
Survivors include her husband Lewis Phelps of Kilgore; three children and spouses Winford and Deborah Phelps of White Oak, Crystal and Glenn Chessher of Saratoga, TX and Tonya and Johnny Wade of Kilgore; five grandchildren William Phelps of White Oak, Corey and Kristen Chessher of Saratoga and Kayla and Kourtney Wade of Kilgore; her mother Frances Davidson of Annona, TX; sister Mary Daffern of Wichita Falls; three brothers Bobby Davidson of Wichita Falls, Billy Davidson of New Boston, TX and Mike Davidson of Clarksville, TX.
Mrs. Phelps is preceded in death by her father Clarence Davidson and sister Nelda Phelps.
The family of Mrs. Phelps will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.
Rudolph G. "Rudy" Pruitt
Cremation services will be held for Mr. Rudolph G. “Rudy” Pruitt, 69 of Kilgore formerly of Galveston County, Texas. Mr. Pruitt passed away Thursday, January 17, 2002, at his home.
He was born May 25, 1932 in Dangerfield, Texas the son of the late Era Theo and Ida Berlyn Scuddy Pruitt. Mr. Pruitt was retired from the chemical industry where he worked in operations. Mr. Pruitt was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years Nancy Ann Pruitt of Kilgore; a daughter and son-in-law Sharmon and Buddy Blank of Santa Fe, TX; a son Keith Randall Pruitt of Seguin, TX; sister Wanda Dean Perry; three granddaughters Tiffini Blank-Galvan, Michelle Blank and Erin Pruitt; great granddaughter Kirstin Galvan; great grandson Michael Keith and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services for Marguerite Wylie, 92, of Kilgore will be two p.m. Friday, January 18, 2002 at the First Christian Church with the Reverend Martin Foster officiating. Burial will follow in the Buckner Cemetery, Pine Hill, Texas. Mrs. Alvin (Marguerite) Wylie passed away Tuesday, January 15, at 9:00 am, at the Pinecrest Health Community in Lufkin, Tx. where she had resided with her daughter Ann since October 11, 1993.
Marguerite was born January 1, 1910, in Timpson, Tx to Mr. And Mrs. W. T. (Bill) and Della (King) Denard. She graduated from Lufkin High School in 1927. She worked for Gulf Oil in the division office in Lufkin. She married Alvin Wylie of Henderson, Tx November 22, 1933. She lived in Kilgore from the summer of 1949 (opening of Citizens State Bank) until she moved to Pinecrest in 1993.
Mrs. Wylie was an active member of the First Christian Church of Kilgore, from 1949 until her departure in 1993, serving as a Sunday school teacher for junior high, senior high, and for the college group in the church. She was the sponsor for the junior high groups on Sunday nights, circle leader and President of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, and served on the education committee for several years. In 2001, she was recognized by the church, with others, for being a devoted member for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Wylie was active in Club AuCourant, Kilgore Woman’s Club, and the Evergreen Garden Club. She held office in local, district 111, and the State of Texas Garden Club. She is a past president of the Evergreen Garden Club. She served Texas Garden Clubs Inc. as Press Publicity chairman, secretary, and District Governor. Also she was a Master Flower Show Judge. She was presented a Life Membership in Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1968 and one in District 111 in 1993.
Marguerite and her husband Alvin were leaders in the evolvement of the East Texas Treatment Center that Kilgore and East Texas are so proud of today. Their efforts began in the early 1950’s, when the ETTC was located in a 2-bedroom home structure on Nolan St. After the new facility was built, pictures of Alvin, Marguerite, and Ann were placed in the foyer in recognition of their many years of service. Later, Marguerite and her close friend Mrs. Zelna Kane co-chaired the raising of funds for the building and maintenance of the Greenhouse and workroom to provide garden therapy for the rehabilitation of the handicapped. Just before moving to Lufkin, the Evergreen Garden Club paid tribute to her “for her outstanding contribution to the community in establishing the greenhouse and for her 26 consecutive years of chairing the program on radio station KOCA, which won several district, state, and national awards”. She received a certificate of award from the National Council of State Garden Clubs in recognition for meritorious service as radio and television chairman of Evergreen Garden Club. She was also instrumental in getting Kilgore declared as a bird sanctuary.
Mrs. Wylie was elected president of the Kilgore Council of Church Women in 1950 and was chosen Kilgore’s First Lady in 1956. She was overjoyed when she attended the First Lady banquet in 2001 and was able to see her many friends. Shortly later, she became ill.
One of her last honors was provided by Ann and Alan, in December 1999, when they recognized her as a Paul Harris Fellow, a special recognition in Rotary for loved ones who have meant so much to their family.
Mrs. Wylie is survived by her daughter Ann of Lufkin, her son Alan in Houston, 3 grandchildren (Trey and his wife Stephanie and their son Wilson, Aaron and his fiancé Marisa, and Sarah), her sister Barbara and husband Colonel C. J. Looke of Emerald Bay, her sister-in-law Helen Wylie of Kilgore, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore, Thursday evening between five-thirty and seven p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the East Texas Treatment Center, First Christian Church of Kilgore or the Buckner Cemetery Association, Pine Hill, Texas.
Otha H. Campbell
Services for Mrs. Otha H. Campbell, 93, of Kilgore will be at two o’clock p.m., Wednesday January 16, 2002 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend David Hampton officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery. Mrs. Campbell passed away January 16, 2002 in Kilgore.
She was born November 25, 1908 in Flint, Texas, the daughter of the late Emerson Elijah and Amy Pauline Herrington. Mrs. Campbell was a devoted and loving homemaker. She also had worked as an operator for Gulf Oil for more than thirty years. Mrs. Campbell was a member of the Eastern Star. She was a founding member of the Kilgore A.A.R.P. and the Kilgore Senior Citizens Association. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kilgore.
Survivors include her daughter Alyce Hamilton of Kilgore; one brother N. E. Herrington of Emerald Bay, TX; three grandchildren Steve Hamilton of Kilgore, James Hamilton of Henderson and Mike Hamilton of Houston; seven great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren and numerous other loving family and friends.
The family of Mrs. Campbell will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 7:00.
Services for Glenn Bull, 56, of Liberty City will be two p.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at the First Baptist Church Liberty City with the Reverend Wayne Eubanks officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery. Mr. Bull died Sunday in Kilgore.
He was born October 30, 1945 in Longview, Texas. Mr. Bull attended Kilgore Public Schools. He was a member of the band, the Greek Club, and the 1964 graduating class. He attended Kilgore College where he continued in the band. Glenn worked in the parts department for various Ford Dealerships throughout the Dallas area for a number of years. He was a Baptist who enjoyed genealogy, travel and Greek Studies.
He is survived by his mother, Regina Bull of Liberty City; wife, Sherry Bull of Dallas; one aunt, Patti Penick of Wallisville, Texas; five cousins, Gary Wolfe of Plano, Texas, Melinda Ratliff of Dallas, Mark Wolfe of Argyle,Texas, Lynne Wolfe of Tuzla, Bosnia; Laura Fiffick of Houston.
The family will receive friends at the Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore, Monday evening between six and seven-thirty Monday evening.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Liberty City Building Fund.