Edna Emma Guin was born in Caster, La. on May 27,1904. She was the third daughter and third child of five daughters and one son born to Charles Foster Guin and Georgia Pardue Guin. Instead of starting school at age
six as some other children did, Edna took care of her younger siblings while her mother worked in the cotton fields.
She was very talented musically. At a young age she taught herself to play a repossessed pump organ that was being stored at her home. Later she got a chance to play an itinerant fiddler's fiddle and realized that she wanted a fiddle! So she went to work picking cotton until she had enough money to buy herself a fiddle.
She was only able to attend public school through the eight grade. For the next several years she worked at whatever job was available, the best being Postmaster at the U. S. post office in Alberta, La. She kept that
position until the post office was shut down due to severe vandalism. All her life she enjoyed showing friends the money order for one cent that the government sent her as final payment. One time when she was helping a black lady cook at a cafe, she started frying eggs for each customer individually rather than just frying a platter full. The cook got so upset that she "fell into a faint” Edna decided to leave that job.
Later she was cooking and serving tables at a different cafe, when a group of laborers came in. One young man, Eddie J. Danahy, liked her looks and personality. She liked his, too. They were married Nov. 1, 1928 in Alberta, La. with no relatives in attendance. They worked at whatever jobs they could find, even running a laundry with Eddie's brother and wife. Edna was popular as a fiddler for dances in people’s homes.
Their son, Eddie Jerry Danahy Jr. was born in July 1931, three months before they moved to the East Texas oil fields near Kilgore. They had a two room house built and then added two more rooms to accommodate as many as seventeen relatives who were hunting work! It was a hard life with no electricity for the first seven years, and no running water. But they made many friends, and thrived.
There was almost no task that Edna couldn't do. When the sister of her best friend, Mrs. Mac, was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and had to be quarantined from her family, Edna built a room for her to live in. In thanks, Mrs. Mac gave Edna a china cabinet, which she cherished all her life.
Edna loved having cameras, and taking pictures, even buying a movie camera in the 1940's. There are more than a 1000 snapshots in her home, but very few of her, because she was the one behind the camera. After thirty-eight years of oil-field work, she and Eddie retired to a house that they built on Caddo Lake. They enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes and cards, and having friends and relatives visit them sometimes every day. Edna was a trotline fisherman. We have a picture of her (in a dress, of course) holding a fifteen-pound channel cat that she had caught on her trotline that she had run herself using her own Johnboat.
Another of her pleasures in those seventeen retirement years was being active in the Karnack Baptist Church, and later in the Non-denominational Caddo Lake Church, the pastor of which lived next door to Edna and Eddie. They both helped build the church building. Edna was a wonderful cook. Her catfish fried in a deep cast iron skillet
was perfect, as was her chicken. She made a heavenly yellow cake layered with bananas, nuts and real whipped cream. She was "famous" for her coconut, chocolate, and pecan pies, which she made for the Mobil Oil
retirement, senior citizen, and church dinners. She was accomplished at knitting, crocheting, embroidering, quilting and tailoring. The two heavy bedspreads that she crocheted would certainly win prizes. When her grandsons were young she made shirts for them that had no raw seams. Every seam was covered with a sewn-on bias strip.
As a novelty, she embroidered a map of the United States. Using different colored thread for each year, she embroidered the route of the family's cross-country vacation trips. She owned a two-wheeler bicycle when they lived on the oil lease. After retirement, she bought a three-wheeler. It was an enthralling sight to see that "old"woman (wearing a dress, of course) flying down that lake road on her three-wheeler.
A clever thing that she could do was recite the alphabet very rapidly, backwards. Z, Y, X, V, etc.
She was an excellent domino player, having learned the game at age five while watching older relatives play. The last game we played together was in the nursing home, when she was almost 100 years old. We played our
best, but she won the game.
Upon the death of her husband in 1987, she bought a home in Kilgore. She joined the Eastview Baptist church and became a loyal member. As the saying goes "whenever the doors opened, she was there." She loved being
the Sunshine chairman or treasurer of her Sunday School class. On Sunday mornings before Sunday School, she went to the nursing home and pushed wheelchair bound residents to the worship service lead by the chaplain,
At her home, she became fanatic about keeping the leaves in her large yard swept up. She was sweeping the back yard at age eighty-seven when she fell and broke her hip. By grabbing blades of grass, she pulled
herself around to the front yard where a passerby could see her. After having hip replacement surgery, she was soon sweeping the yard again, even though friends and family advised her against it. One friend, Paul
Lucky, told her he was going to saw the handle off her rake. She replied, "I'll just buy another one!" She continued to sweep her yard, even while using a walker to stand, until at age ninety-five she became
too weak to do it.
When her son was playing in the high school band, she became an avid football fan. In her later years, when she had three televisions, she sometimes had three different games going at the same time. For one of
her birthdays in her nineties, a friend gave her a picture of Roger Staubach that Roger had autographed especially to her. She was proud of that picture.
She was a devoted Bible reader, having followed the schedule in "Our Daily Bread" and reading through the Bible twelve times. She received certificates from the church for doing this.
She moved to he Kilgore Manor in early 2004. For her 100th birthday, the Eastview Baptist church had a party for her with her friends and family and all the residents of the home invited.
She had a very strong personality that was on occasion hard to deal with, but her passing will leave forever a hole in the hearts of her son, Jerry Danahy Jr. and his wife, Fay, and her grandsons Paul Danahy and Michael (Cheryl and Betty) Danahy, and her former daughter-in-law, Disa Danahy and her remaining relatives and friends.
Her grandson, Michael, describes her as the sweetest, most fun and joking person in the world.
Services for Mrs. Danahy will be held at two o’clock p.m., Friday, March 11, 2004 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with the Reverends James Henderson and Larry Darnell officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery and visitation will precede the funeral services from one until two o’clock p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Margaret Mobley, 78 formerly of Kilgore will be ten a.m., Friday, March 11, 2005 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Gary Orr. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery. Mrs. Mobley died Wednesday, March 9, 2005 in Dallas, Texas.
She was born October 10, 1926 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Margaret married her husband Reverend Willie Mobley, May 5, 1945. They started his Baptist ministry early in life. They worked in churches throughout the country together, Willie as the pastor and Margaret as the pastor’s wife. The Mobley’s settled in East Texas in 1989.
Mrs. Mobley is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Ernest Brown of Tyler, Teresa and Clayton Henderson of Charlotte, North Carolina, Debbie and Ken Harrell of Kilbourne, Louisiana, Sandy and Johnny Costello of Kilbourne, Louisiana; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Evonne Mobley of Washington, D. C., Philip and Lisa Mobley of Plano, Texas; two sisters, Elva J. Blevins of New Albany, Indiana, Sharon Bagshaw of Hardinsburg, Indiana; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Thursday evening between five and six-thirty p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3613 South Broadway, Suite 401, Tyler, Texas 75701-8732
Services for Clodell Clayton, 97, of Kilgore will be ten a.m., Saturday, march 12, 2005 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Elizabeth A. Wourms officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakewood Cemetery, Henderson, Texas. Mrs. Clayton died at her home, Wednesday, March 9, 2005.
Mrs. Clayton was born March 15, 1907in Santa Anna, Texas to Herbert and Ruby Jackson. She and her late husband, Roy E. Clayton, Sr. retired to Lake Cherokee in 1965. Mrs. Clayton moved to Kilgore in 1985.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Dan W. Upson, DVM of Manhattan, Kansas; son, Roy E. Clayton, Jr. of Manhattan, Kansas; one brother, Joe Jackson of Kilgore; two sisters, Mona Graham of Emerald Bay, Texas, Sue Ford of Shreveport, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Connie Johnson of Calistoga, California, Ron Upson of Louisville, Kentucky, Elizabeth Wourms of Beavercreek, Ohio, Christy Shelley of Kilgore, Matthew Bryan Clayton of Saledo, Texas; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Her husband preceded her in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greater Hospice of Texas, Inc., 1905 West Loop 281, Space #81, Longview, Texas 75604.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Friday evening between six-thirty and seven-thirty p.m.
Lacy, Frankie Charlene
Services for Mrs. Frankie Charlene Lacy, 63, of Overton, formerly of Kilgore will be held at ten o’clock a.m., Monday, March 14, 2005 at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore with the Reverend Harry LaGrone officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery. She died Saturday morning, March 12, 2005 at Hospice Homeplace in Tyler.
She was born February 5, 1942 in Bishop, Texas the daughter of the late George and Mamie Owens. She was a retired waitress and a member of the Victory Road Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Lacy, a brother Michael Gene Owens and a granddaughter Cheyenne Faith Fairchild.
Survivors include two daughters Tawana Hopper of Kilgore and Lawanda Lacy of Overton; a son and daughter in law, Franklin Gerald and Penny Hummel Jr. of Tyler; five sisters, Ruby Gwin of Epps, LA, Wanda Vinson of Longview, Rebecca Davis of Crockett, TX, Barbara Waycassy of Dallas and Martha McFaddin of Quitman; two brothers, George “Bud” Owens of Quitman and Pete Owens of Tomball; six grandchildren and one great grandson, several nieces, nephews and other loving family.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday afternoon, March 13, 2005 from three until five o’clock p.m.
Services for Mrs. Leta L. Denmon, 76, of Kilgore will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at Two O’clock in the afternoon at the Lighthouse Church of Liberty City with the Reverend Jake Wommer officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Denmon passed away Saturday, March 12, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
She was born June 28, 1928 in Lone Oak, Texas daughter of the late Jim and Verna Morgan. She had been a resident of the Kilgore area since 1943. Mrs. Denmon was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family. She was a member of the Lighthouse Church of Liberty City.
Mrs. Denmon is survived by husband of 61 years, Fred Alton Denmon, Sr.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Thomas Odom and Patsy and Billy Eason all of Liberty City; son and daughter-in-law, Fred Alton Jr, and Deborah Denmon of Kerrville, Texas; two brothers, Jim Morgan of East Mountain and Dale Morgan of Liberty City; Six grandchildren, Ten great grandchildren, One great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles Morgan and Howard Morgan; granddaughter Dana Kristene Denmon.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Monday between 6 and 8 p.m.
Services for Mrs. Halcie Lea Bickley, 94, of Mineral Wells, formerly of the Pirtle community will be held at ten o’clock a.m., Thursday at the Pirtle United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dudley Plaisance officiating. Burial will follow in the Pirtle Cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Mrs. Bickley died Monday, March 14, 2005 in a Mineral Wells nursing home.
She was born May 31, 1910 in Commerce, Texas, one of 12 children of the late Wroland Green and Sarah Annie Miller Crow. She was a longtime member of the Pirtle United Methodist Church and had worked as a clerk at Duncan’s Variety Store.
Preceding her in death were her husband Ozy Bickley, a son James Bickley, her brothers Raymond, Raleigh, Russell, Bill, John, W.G. Jr, and Jack Crow and her sisters Faye Wall, Margaret Emfinger and Betty Burns.
Survivors include a son and daughter in law Kenneth and Bonnie Bickley of Mineral Wells; grandchildren Jeffrey Bickley and wife Christi of Ft. Worth, Brenda Kay Elmore and husband Sherrill, Lee Ann Buchanan and husband Rick and Richard and Wife Brenda Van Meter all of Louisiana; twelve great grandchildren, several great-great grand children and many nieces and nephews and other loving family.
The family will receive friends six until seven thirty Wednesday night.
Services for Mr. Harold Brown, 59, of Kilgore will be held Thursday, March 17, 2005 at Two O’clock in the afternoon at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Dick Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Cemetery. Mr. Brown passed away Monday, March 14, 2005 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
He was born June 25, 1945 in Overton, Texas. Mr. Brown was a retired E-7 Master Sgt. of the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. He served two terms in the Vietnam War. After retirement he worked as a Maintenance Technician for LeTourneau. He enjoyed fishing and spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren. Mr. Brown will be remembered for his generosity and compassion towards others. All who knew him will miss him.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife Jo Lynn Brown of Kilgore; two sons James Brown of Longview and Michael L. Sadler of Kilgore; four daughters and a son-in-law Christina and Christopher Harper of Hilo, Hawaii, Kelli J. Sadler of Kilgore, Anna Huebner of Bridgeport and Ruby Crawford of Ft. Worth; four grandsons; eight granddaughters; six sisters; one brother; father and mother-in-law Carl and Louise Brousard of Kilgore; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jean and Keith Mattern of Overton as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Highway 80 Rescue Mission, 3117 W. Marshall Ave., Longview, Texas 75604.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Rader Funeral Home.
MARITA CHANLER ATER
Services for Marita Ater, 71, of Kilgore will be four p.m., Monday, March 21, 2005 at the First Baptist Church with the Reverend O. D. Oliver and Reverend David Hampton officiating. Entombment will follow in the Rusk County Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Mrs. Ater died Saturday, March 19, 2005 in Tyler, Texas.
She was born August 16, 1933 in Kilgore, Texas to Arthur Leroy and Beatrice Chanler. Marita was a member of the 1951 Kilgore High School Graduating Class. She received her Associates of Arts degree from Kilgore College. While there she was a member of the Rangerette’s and met the man she married September 30, 1952, Stan Ater. Mrs. Ater earned her Bachelor of Science degree from SFA and her Master of Arts degree from SMU.
Teaching was her passion. Among the many campuses that she taught on were, Foster Middle School, Longview High School and Kilgore High School. Mrs. Ater was honored a few years ago as the KISD Teacher of the Year. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and the Longview Chapter of the retired teachers association.
Mrs. Ater was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was a longtime Sunday school teacher and choir member. She was a member of many organizations in her community including a board member of the East Texas Treatment Center, American Heart Association, International Order of the Rainbow Girls, Rangerette’s Forever and the Kilgore Garden Club. Mrs. Ater was a loving mother, grandmother and wife.
She is survived by her husband, Stan Ater of Kilgore; three daughters and sons-in-laws, Jennifer and Richard Utzman, Jr. of Kilgore, Kimberly Ater of Kilgore, Kelly and Dee Zimmerman of Kilgore; her mother, Beatrice Chanler; her grandchildren, who affectionately knew her as, “MiMi”, Jessica-Alisse Utrzman of Kilgore, Zachary Ater Zimmerman of Kilgore, Zane Austin Zimmerman of Kilgore; a sister, Janean Aaron of Arlington, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, A.L. “Dooger” and Linda Chanler of San Antonio; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Her father preceded Mrs. Ater in death.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Sunday evening between five and seven p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stan and Marita Ater Memorial Scholarship Fund, Kilgore College, Attention David Wylie, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662-3204.