Smith, John M. "Smitty"
Graveside Services for John M. “Smitty” Smith, Jr., 74, of Lake Cherokee will be at Oakhill Cemetery on Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend Buddy Duggins officiating. Mr. Smith died Tuesday, October 11, 2005 in Longview, Texas.
He was born to John and Lillian Smith on August 17, 1931. Mr. Smith was raised on Smith Lake, which was later to become a part of Lake Cherokee. He attended Oak Hill School and was a graduate of Henderson High School. As a member of the United States Navy, Mr. Smith served in the Korean Conflict while stationed at Pearl Harbor. He was an avid outdoorsman. He was passionate about Lake Cherokee being a lifelong resident of the Lake. Mr. Smith worked for the Cherokee Water Company as a Lake Patrolman for over 18 years. He used his passion for fishing to provide restaurants in Longview with fish and frog legs for many years. Mr. Smith was a loving and devoted father who was very passionate about his family and his dog “Taco.”
Mr. Smith is survived by his daughter and two sons: Joy Jordan and husband, Lane of Kilgore; Wayne Smith and Wendle Smith, both of the Monroe Community; a sister, Gene Rachel of Liberty City; and three grandchildren, Justin Smith of Lake Cherokee, Lane Jordan, Jr. of San Francisco, CA, and Kalli Jordan of Kilgore.
His parents and a sister, Bertha Boyd, preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 2222 Welborn Street Dallas, Texas 75219-3993, and or the Oak Hill Cemetery 10513 FM 2011 Longview, Texas 75603
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Wednesday evening between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Wright, William Joe
Graveside Services for William Joe Wright, 90, of Kilgore, formerly of Dallas, will be at Kilgore Cemetery on Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Robert Besser officiating. Mr. Wright passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2005 in Kilgore, Texas.
He was born August 14, 1915 in Childress, Texas to William and Verna Wright. Mr. Wright served in the United States Navy during WWII. After his service in the Navy he worked for a short time as a salesman. He would go on to own and operate a True Value Hardware Store in the Dallas area for 30 years. After retirement in 1987 he moved to Kilgore.
Mr. Wright is survived by brothers-in-law and sister-in-laws Tyrus and Rose Johnson of Kilgore, Pat and Jewel Leach of Rives Junction, Michigan and Dorothy Moore of Houston; nephews Jim Carlisle and wife Carole of Granbury, Larry Carlisle and wife Debbie of Kilgore, James Johnson of Kilgore, Michael Leach of Rochester, New York, Joe Leach of Commerce Township, Michigan and Dennis Leach of Rives Junction, Michigan.
His wife Fannie Wright precedes Mr. Wright in death.
Services for James Webb, 70, of Kilgore will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, October 14, 2005 at the Forest Home Baptist Church. Burial will be 1:00 p.m., Friday at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery with full military honors. Mr. Webb died Tuesday, October 11, 2005 in Tyler, Texas.
He was born February 5, 1935 in Edgecomb County, North Carolina. Mr. Webb graduated High School from Edgecomb County High School. He retired as a Technical Sergeant from the United States Air Force serving our country from1954 to 1974. Mr. Webb was a commercial airline pilot before he retired as a safety inspector for the FAA. As a pilot Mr. Webb had over 14,000 hours of flying experience. The Webb’s moved to Kilgore in 2001. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed working in his yard. James Webb greatly loved the Lord and was a member of the Forest Home Baptist Church.
Mr. Webb is survived by his wife, Babs Webb of Kilgore; two daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Jim Mullen of Richardson, Melissa and John Perry of Richardson; three grandchildren, Brittney Perry, Daniel Lutrell, Max Perry all of Richardson; one sister, Rosalind Williams of Pine Tops, North Carolina; three brothers, Milton Webb of Pine Tops, North Carolina, Rudy Webb of Willington, North Carolina, Douglas Webb of Pine Tops, North Carolina; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Thursday evening between six and eight p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Forest Home Baptist Church, Building Fund, Post Office Box 1340, Kilgore, Texas 75663.
Mr. Gene Bryant, 77, of Kilgore passed away Thursday, October 13, 2005 at the Gregg Home for the Aged. Mr. Bryant was born July 14, 1928 in Henderson, son of the late Joel William Bryant and Beulah Smith Bryant.
Gene Bryant served our country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Bryant worked in the Oil Field and Construction business in East Texas after returning from the war. Gene had several hobbies one of those was playing pool.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Temple and husband Ronny of Kilgore and Barbara Woods of Longview; two brothers, Wilmer Lyles of Fredericksburg, Texas and Wilbur Lyles of Santa Rosa, New Mexico; four grandchildren, Chris Reynolds, Sean Woods, Michele Woods and Mike Reynolds; several nieces and nephews.
Cremation Arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home.
Funeral Services for Mr. Rich Stavron, 49, of Kilgore will be held Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore with Reverend Thomas G. Beene, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the Troy Cemetery in Troy, MO. Mr. Stravron passed away Saturday in Kilgore.
He was born September 9, 1956 in St.Louis, MO. Rich had been a resident of the Kilgore area for the past 20 years. He was employed at Lift Truck Supply in Tyler for the past 11 years.
Mr.Stavron is survived by his wife Clova Stavron of Kilgore; parents John and Carol Stavron of Foley, MO; two step children, Tiffany Woodard of Carthage and Justin Shires and his wife Andrea of Lake Murval; two grandchildren Kaylee Woodard of Carthage and Kyrstyn Shires of Lake Murval; three brothers, Donald Stavron and his wife Maureen of Arnold, MO., Tommy Stavron and his wife Judy of Troy, MO. and Johnny Stavron and his wife Karen of St. Louis, MO.; mother-in-law, Alma Morgan of Kilgore; sister-in-law and husband Patty and Robert Anderson of Carthage; brothers-in-laws and wives , Tuk and Gayle Morgan of Donie, TX, Norman and Denise Morgan of Kilgore, Darrell and Candy Morgan of Kilgore; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Pat Morgan of Kilgore.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Tuesday evening between six and eight p.m.
Services for Louise Jeter, 92, of Kilgore will be four p.m., Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at the First Baptist Church with the Reverend David Hampton officiating. Burial will follow in the Kilgore Cemetery.
Miss Jeter was born November 21, 1913 in New Baden, Texas. Her family moved to Kilgore when she was 2 years old. Louise was a graduate of Kilgore High School, Mary Hardin-Baylor University and obtained her Masters Degree from Stephen F. Austin University. As a young lady she was a camp counselor for Camp Waldamar. Ensuring that people were educated was a high priority for Louise. Miss Jeter was a classroom teacher and counselor at Kilgore High School. Louise became a counselor at Kilgore College in 1967 where she retired as director of the Guidance and Counseling Center in 1986.
She was a longtime and faithful member of the First Baptist Church where she was very active in the Miriam Sunday School Class. Miss Jeter was a member of the Texas State Teachers Association, American and Texas Personnel and Guidance Association and the Texas Junior College Teachers Association.
Miss Jeter is survived by a sister, Martha Beth Jeter Rogers of Wilmington, California; a brother, John T. Jeter of Longview; nephews, J.T. Jeter, III of Austin, Jim Jeter of Nacogdoches, Bob Jeter of Longview, Donald Jeter of Ore City, Jack Jeter of Hallsville, Carl L. Jeter, Jr. of Houston, James L. Jeter of Houston, Kenneth Rogers of Los Angeles; nieces, Theresa Jeter Carroll of College Station, Jayne Jeter Green of Austin, Lynell Hatfield of Pasadena, Texas, Cheryl Graham of Nederland, Martha Tippens of Los Angeles, Carla Jean Dix of Los Angeles, Myra Lynn Perrine of Los Angeles; numerous great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Tuesday evening between 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Jeter Missions Fund, P. O. Box 1170 Kilgore, Texas 75663
A.E. “WILLIE” WILLIAMS
Services for A.E. “Willie” Williams, 86, of Kilgore will be two p.m., Thursday, October 20, 2005 at the First Christian Church with the Reverend Bill Blanks officiating. Interment will follow in the Kilgore Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Williams was born August 13, 1919 in Pollock, Louisiana to the late Albert and Lucy Williams. He attended the Gaston Schools in Joinerville. Mr. Williams served in the United States Army during WWII. He was a fifty years member of the Danville Masonic Lodge 101. Mr. Williams worked for many years in the oil industry and retired as a production superintendent. He was a longtime member of the First Christian Church. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. All who knew him will miss Mr. Williams.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 65 years Wanda Williams of Kilgore; two daughters Karen Williams Berry of Morgan City, Louisiana and Janis Williams Brannon of Kilgore; son and daughter-in-law Dennis M. and Cissy Williams of Katy; eight grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews as well as many other loving family and friends.
The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Wednesday evening between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 609 E. Main, Kilgore, Texas 75662.
MRS. BLANCHE CRISP
Graveside Services for Mrs. Blanche Crisp, 78, of Longview will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2005 at the Mount Zion Cemetery in Panola County, Texas with the Reverend Dr. Greg Zachry officiating. Mrs. Crisp passed away Thursday, October 20, 2005 at the Highland Pines Nursing Center in Longview.
She was born May 17, 1927 in Algona, Iowa daughter of the late Elmer and Ethel Gross. Mrs. Crisp has lived in Longview for the past nine of years. She had taught Sunday School, loved doing crafts, and wasa plant lover. Mrs. Crisp will be remembered by her family and friends, as being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will also be remembered for always working along side her husband William in many of his jobs.
Mrs. Blanche Crisp is survived by her husband of 61 years, William E. Crisp of Longview; two sons, Elmer N. Crisp of Kingsland, Georgia and Larry E. Crisp of North Las Vegas, NV; two daughters, Charlene Hayes of Longview and Gwendolyn Gunter of Tenaha; one brother, Bernard L. Gross; three sisters; DeEtta M. Erickson, Bernice L. Jacobson and Naomi J. Rosecke; twelve grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Her parents, six brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.
The Family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore Friday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.