Thelma Nettie Matthews
In Celebration of the life of Thelma Nettie Matthews, 86, services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore with a garden commital and burial at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Matthews died Saturday, December 13, 2003 at Good Shepard Hospital following a brief illness.
Mrs. Matthews was born November 20, 1917 in Neodesha, Kansas to Elmer and Willa Clark. She enjoyed traveling with her husband Clarence Matthews during retirement. She was proud to work for Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma during WW II as an inspector for c-47 airplanes. She enjoyed attending the First Baptist Church in Kilgore. Mrs. Matthews will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She has resided in the Kilgore area for nearly 40 years coming from Missouri. She was the first of two children. Her husband Clarence Matthews and sister Dorothy Jean Baughman preceded her in death. Thelma will be missed.
She is survived by two daughters Mary Lee Matthews of Longview; Beverly Joane Matthews of Longview; one son Mike Matthews of Longview; one daughter-in-law Barbara Matthews; three grandchildren, Haley and Jeffrey Matthews of Longview, Jacob Austin Dukes of Liberty City; special friends and co-workers of Matex Wire Rope Company of Kilgore
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.
Family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore from six to eight o’clock in the evening, Monday, December 15, 2003.
Funeral services for Miss Ann Dudley, 56, of Kilgore, Texas will be held at Ten O'clock A.M. Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at Danville United Methodist Church with the Reverend Walter Magouryk officiating. Burial will Follow in the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Miss Dudley died Monday, December 15, 2003 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
Ann was born June 6, 1947 in Kilgore, the daughter of William "Duane" And Dorothy Jean Dudley, who both preceded her in death. She was born with multiple disabilities and handicaps, but still attended and graduated from Kilgore Special School at Danville in 1968 where Bobbye Hearell taught Her. It was thought by everyone that she probably wouldn't live past her 20th birthday and in 1988 was diagnosed with cancer by her very special, caring doctor Lewis Duncan. He assumed this disease would overcome her in about 10 years but still she proved everyone wrong. On Monday, Ann succumbed instead to pneumonia. She was a blessing to everyone who knew her and had many friends in Kilgore, at Eastman Estates Assisted Living where she lived for almost four years and at Whispering Pines Nursing Home where she was residing at the time of her death.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, J.D. and Linda Dudley of Kilgore; nieces, Jenni Lynn Dudley of Tyler and Kristi Molck and her Husband Andy of Royse City; their mother, Karen Carter also of Tyler; nephew Billy Kenyon and his wife Catherine of Houston; great nephews, Drew Molck of Royse City and Robert Miller of Oklahoma City; great nieces, Stefanie Miller And Holly Towell of Oklahoma City; and great, great nephew, Noah Greene of Oklahoma City; uncles, Marvis Hendrix and his wife Charlene of Snyder, Ruben Pipkin of Arlington, formerly of Kilgore and many very loving, special cousins from the Coulter, Hendrix, Owens, Pipkin, White, Whitson and Pete Dudley families.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Tuesday evening.
Pallbearers will be Jerome Waits, Kenneth Owens, Van Dean White, Nicky Bennett and Billy Steele.
Services for Rachel Warnock, 23, of Kilgore will be three p.m., Monday, December 29, 2003 at the Church on the Rock with Pastor Chuck Warnock and Dr. David Shibley officiating. Miss Warnock was in a fatal automobile accident Monday, December 22, 2003 near Canton, Texas.
She was born August 12, 1980 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Rachel was a graduate of East Texas Christian School and had attended Kilgore College. She was planning to continue her nursing studies in January, anticipating her future in helping the sick.
Rachel is fondly remembered as one who always had a song in her heart, and loved to worship Jesus and sing as she carried out her daily activities. She enjoyed sharing her faith with everyone and had a way of making them feel important and special. Rachel never met a stranger; no one was considered unlovable. If anyone were in need, she would meet it. Having an earnest desire to be on the mission field, Rachel would pray for those already serving, particularly those ministering in China and Muslin countries. The main focus of her life was for everyone to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her will miss her.
She is survived by her parents, Pastor Chuck and Diana Warnock of Kilgore; two brothers, Stephen Warnock of Kilgore, Matthew Warnock of Kilgore; grandparents, Shirley and Bob Warnock of Galveston, Texas, Peggy Griffith of Bentonville, Arkansas; Dave Warnock of Nashville, Tennessee, Gary Warnock of Bastrop, Texas, Susan Ritchie of Galveston, Mark Griffith of Bentonville; and several cousins.
The family will receive friends Sunday evening between six and eight p.m. at Church on the Rock.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rachel Warnock Memorial Missions Fund, C/O of Church on the Rock, P. O. Box 8053, Longview, Texas 75607.
Claude Burrell, Jr.
Today the angels are rejoicing as another member of God’s Army was called home. Surrounded by family and loved one’s, fighting a courageous battle with Leukemia, Claude Burrell, Jr. took up his permanent residence in heaven on Tuesday, December 23, 2003.
Mr. Burrell was born to Julia May Dempsey Burrell and the late Claude V. Burrell, Sr. on August 13, 1935 in Devers, Texas. He has joined angels, granddaughter Michal Laurie Russo, father Claude V. Burrell, Sr. and first wife and mother of his children Drenda Sue Burrell.
He was a member of Eastview Baptist Church and was active in the Soldiers of the Cross Sunday Sunday_School Class.
A dedicated businessman, he worked in transportation for many years. Jobs including supervisor for Enterprise Company of Beaumont and Gilbraltor Chemical Company of Winona, driver for Eldorado Chemical Company and Lindale Fertilizer.
He was a veteran of the armed forces serving in Germany in 1954-1958.
A strong and admired father and husband he leaves behind his loving and devoted wife Sue Jackson Burrell of Kilgore; his children, daughter Danni Jo Russo of Colorado Springs, Colorado and her son Jarred of Savannah, Georgia; daughter Dianne Smith and husband Craig of New Waverly, TX and their children Raleigh, Kathryn and Bethany; son Philip Kerry Burrell and wife Jamie of Winona and their son Jacob Mikal; daughter Christie Shambley Garza and husband Tony of Dayton, TX and their children Kaleb, Chasidy and River; son Jessie Earl Burrell and wife Theresa of Jacksonville, Florida and their son Hunter; step-daughter Terry Stevenson of Naples, Florida and her children Valerie Lee of Miami, Florida and Effie Jean of Naples, Florida; stepson Larry Windham of Carroll, TX and his children Lacy and Brett of Vista, California; special daughter Venita Henderson of Tyler, TX and special pet Beaudrex.
Services will be held ten a.m., Monday, December 29, 2003 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with the Reverend James Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, December 28, 2003 from 4:00 until 5:30.
The family requests memorials be made to the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Foundation, 1415 Louisiana, Suite 3625, Houston, TX 77002 or the Gideons International, P.O. Box 1741, Henderson, TX 75653
Service for Lorane Hodges, 91, of Houston formerly of Kilgore will be held Two O’clock in the afternoon, Tuesday, January 13, 2004 in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home with the Reverend Frank Matthews officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Hodges passed away Friday, January 9, 2004 in Houston surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born in McKinney, Texas on January 3, 1913 and moved to Kilgore with her husband and son in 1941. Mrs. Hodges was active in the Kilgore Community and First Baptist Church for many years. She retired from Nardis and continued to devote herself to the loving care of her family. As a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, scout leader, cheerleader sponsor, Sunday School teacher, poet and confidant, she was a great source of comfort and support to her family and friends throughout her life. She will be missed by all the many lives she touched and remembered always by those who loved her dearly.
Mrs. Hodges is survived by her son, Bobby John Hodges and his wife Pattie of Longview; daughter, Sherri Glover and her husband Jim of Houston; grandsons, Randy Hodges and his wife Connie, Mark Hodges and his wife Sharla and Kelly Hodges and his wife Brenda, great grandchildren, Matt Hodges, T.C. Hodges, Heather Reyes, Carley Hodges, Markus Hodges, Jennifer Hodges, Michelle Hodges and Danielle Hodges; great- great grandchildren, Tory, Tucker and Colter Hodges and Zion Reyes; brother, Jack Hendrick; sister, June Damron and her longtime caregivers Remy and Nelda.
Her beloved husband of 69 years Bob Hodges and her son Harold Dean Hodges preceded her in death
Jack Merrill Hankins
Services for Mr. Jack Merrill Hankins, 90, of Kilgore will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with the Reverends Bill Blanks and Barry Metz officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery. Mr. Hankins died Sunday, January 11, 2004 at his residence.
He was born August 30, 1913 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma the son of the late James Alexander and Weltha Jane Ledford Hankins. He was the grandson of Samuel Jackson Ledford and Nancy Tioletto Maney Ledford, a Cherokee Indian from North Carolina.
Jack came to Gladewater in 1935 at the height of the oil boom in East Texas. He worked for Sells Petroleum Company until 1946 when he went to work for the Dia-Log Company. Jack worked as Sales Coordinator for Dia-Log until 1977 when he retired.
On December 1, 2003 Jack and his wife Flossie Agee Hankins celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
Jack was a member of the First Christian Church and was a strong believer in his faith. Until the end, God gave him the ability and the will to laugh with and enjoy his family and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his only child Bob Hankins in 1998 and three brothers Leonard, Gerald and Claude Hankins and one sister Leila Hankins Bently.
A most loved and respected father and husband, he is survived by his wife, three grandchildren Ryan Hankins of Dallas and Wesley and Heather Hankins of Midland; daughter in law, Marsha Hankins of Midland; one brother in law and sister in law Jack and Bea Jones of Kilgore and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday night from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m.
Online tributes may be made to Helping Hands of Kilgore 411 E. Sabine St. Kilgore, 75662
Services for Mr. Norman Bonds, 62, of Kilgore will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 19, 2004, at the Forest Home Baptist Church under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore with the Reverend Earl W. “Buddy” Duggins officiating. Burial will follow in the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Mr. Bonds passed away Saturday, January 17, 2004 in Kilgore.
He was born June 12, 1941 in Kilgore, Texas. He was a member of the Forest Home Baptist Church. He coached and taught in several school districts including Houston, Hemphill and later retired from Rio Grande City in 1999.
His grandparents C.O. and Myrtle Bonds preceded Mr. Bonds in death.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years Billie Sue Bonds of Kilgore; son and daughter-in-law Jay and Jennifer Bonds of Kalamazoo, Michigan; two daughters and sons-in-law Ginger and Johnny Glaze of Center, Texas and Jana and John Turner of Dallas; mother Imogene Vanderburg of Kilgore; brother and sister-in-law Stanley and Carol Bonds of Kilgore; two granddaughters Reanna and Jonica Glaze both of Center, Texas as well as many other loving family and friends.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday afternoon from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to the James and Mariam Richardson Scholarship Fund c/o Forest Home Baptist Church in Kilgore.
Erwin, Jesse H.
A graveside service for Jesse H. “Speedy” Erwin, 71 of White Oak will be held Friday, January 23, at 2:00 P. M. at Mason Cemetery in Arp, Texas. Mr. Erwin was born July 15, 1932, in Hugo, Oklahoma. He left to be with our Lord on January 21, 2004, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer.
“Speedy” retired from the Cotton Belt railroad in Tyler with almost forty years of service. With his wife Norma Jean Tubb Ervin, he returned to White Oak to enjoy his family, friends, gardening, and fishing. He was a member of Memorial Baptist church in Gladewater.
Jesse is survived by his wife Jean; daughters, Pam Hall of White Oak, Sondra Nusko of Lindale, Jessica Allen of Hooks, TX and Patti Muensterman of White Oak. Mr. Ervin also has two sons, Phillip Ervin of Big Springs and Larry Haire of Kilgore; three sons-in-law, and two daughters-in-law, fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; sister Kay Taylor of Gladewater and brothers James Roberts of Gladewater and Eugene Roberts of Sherman, TX.
The family will receive friends and relatives between 6 and 8 PM Thursday, January 22, at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore.
Services for Landon Jones, 86, of Kilgore will be 2 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2004, at the First Baptist Church with the Reverend Frank Mathews and the Reverend David Hampton officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery. Mr. Jones died Wednesday, January 21, 2004 in Longview, Texas.
He was born March 21, 1917, in Roseland, Louisiana. Mr. Jones attended Osyka, Mississippi, public schools. He served our country in the Army Air Corps in WWII. Mr. Jones received his BS degree from Mississippi State University. He was a petroleum geologist who worked for Gulf Oil Company until his retirement.
Mr. Jones was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Kilgore. He was a member of the Masters Sunday School Class, a Deacon, a Trustee, a Sunday School Teacher and served on many committees.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Jones of Kilgore; two sons, Landon B. Jones and his wife Nelda Jones of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thomas Jones and his wife, Pam Higgins of Austin; one daughter, Janet Jones Meyer of Fort Worth, Texas; one sister, Hettie Zipp of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Joye Jones Howell of Abilene, Texas, Lana Elizabeth Jones of Dallas; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Friday evening between five and six-thirty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Missions Fund, P.O. Box 1170, Kilgore, Texas 75663.