Robert Hugh Patterson, 76
Funeral services for Robert Hugh Patterson were held Friday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at Jones Memorial Chapel in Commerce. Roy Lee Dittmar officiated. Patterson died Oct. 11, 2000 at Vencor Hospital in Dallas.
Patterson was born July 4, 1924 in Commerce to Charlie Sharp Patterson and Madge Sparkman Patterson. He lived and worked in Commerce as a clerk with the Cotton Belt Railroad.
Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and James Cox of Greenville; sisters-in-law Dorothy Patterson of Garland; Christine Patterson of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.
Patterson is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charlie Patterson, Jr. and John Patterson, and half-sister Hilda Rainey.
Pallbearers include Tracy Patterson, Sonny Bennett, Pete Hale, John Patterson, Dick Walker and Bill Kennedy.
Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1401 Washington St., Commerce, Texas 75428.
Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Jeanette Bernson, 71
Services for Ruth Jeanette Bernson of Commerce will be held tomorrow, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Jones Memorial Chapel. Rev. Ed Neal and Rev. Duane Crane will officiate at the service arranged by Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home. A committal service will follow at 2 p.m. at College Mound Cemetery in Terrell, Texas. Bernson's grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home.
Bernson, a housewife, was born in Farmersville, Texas, the daughter of Delma and Alta Hall Winborn. On June 3, 1972, she married James (Bernie) Bernson in Gardenville, Nev.
Survivors include her husband of 28 years, James (Bernie) Bernson of Commerce; son, Roy Gilliland of Commerce; daughters, Gloria Rose of Lake Tawakoni and Debra Neal of Allen; brother, Delbert Winborn of Farmersville; sisters, Joy Reed of Terrell and Wilma Thompson of Farmersville; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
John Douglas Shamburger, 43
Funeral services for John Douglas Shamburger of Commerce will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Commerce. Rev. Billy Bob Burge will officiate at the service arranged by Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Rosemound Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Speight, Jeff McKenzie, Larry Jennings, Charles Clark, Jeff Cunningham, Chuck Garrett, Teddy Steward and Larry Kels. Honorary pallbearers are Harold Doyle, Doyle Carlisle, L.C. Threlkeld, Earl Hendrix and Bobby Young.
Shamburger worked as an equipment operator with A.K. Gillis & Son. He was born in Terrell, Texas, the son of William Arthur and Edna Ruth Langley Shamburger, on Feb. 12, 1957. On June 14, 1990, he married Joanna Sands in Hugo, Okla. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Joanna Shamburger of Commerce; son, Kyle Shamburger of Commerce; daughters, Jenni Shamburger of Arkansas, Cristan Shamburger and Carrie Petty, both of Commerce; granddaughter, Brenda Faith O'Fallon of Arkansas; brother Bill Shamburger of Fairfield; sisters, Cindy Thomas of Commerce and Kathy Ritchie of Austin; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Merle "Bing" E. Houston, 87
Graveside services for Merle "Bing" E. Houston of Mesquite were held yesterday at Rosemound Cemetery. Brother David Butler officiated at the service arranged by Pemberton Funeral Home.
Born in Defiance, Ohio, on Feb. 4, 1913, Houston was the son of Charles Edward and Cora B. Houston. He married Evelyn Louise Shipley on Feb. 26, 1938, in Greenville. Houston lived most of his life in Mesquite, Texas, having moved from Ohio. He was a graduate of Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was owner and operator of Bing's Barber Shop for 37 years, until his retirement in 1993. He was Lutheran by faith.
Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Rust and her husband, Robert, of Mesquite; daughter, Helen Perry and her husband, Waldo, of Mesquite; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one sister and his wife, Louise Houston in 1988.
Anastarsia Faith Patterson, 5
Anastarsia Faith Patterson of Commerce passed away on Oct. 2. She was born Feb. 2, 1995, in San Diego, Calif. Graveside services were held Oct. 5 in the Webb Hill Cemetery in Wolfe City. Brother Steve Lawson officiated at the service arranged by Lynch Alternative Funeral Service Inc. of Greenville.
Patterson was attending kindergarten at Commerce Elementary School. She and her family were members of Grace Fellowship Church of Greenville.
She is survived by her parents, Zachary and Vita Shults Patterson of Commerce and baby brother, Erza Zane Patterson.
Paul Johnson Shields, 86
Funeral services for Paul Johnson Shields of Commerce were held Monday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Mike House officiated at the service arranged by Pemberton Funeral Home. Interment followed Rosemound Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Huffman, Lewis Jackson, Jerry Speight, Waylon Dearing, John McKibben and Bill Funderburk. Honorary pallbearers were Hubert Crowell, Jerry Hendrix, John Morrison, Bill Terrell, Glen Ward, Gary Kibler, George Robinson, James Vaughn and Denver Walker.
Shields was born in Hunt County on Aug. 28, 1914, the son of Thomas Johnson and Nannie Davis Shields. He married Marie Cameron on May 20, 1938, in Hunt County. He had lived in the Fairlie and Durham communities and Commerce all his life. He graduated from Fairlie High School in 1932. Shields was the manager for TXU Gas Company, formerly Lone Star Gas, until his retirement in 1970. He was a volunteer fireman for Commerce. He was a member of the Dough Rollins Sunday School Class and member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Shields, of Commerce; daughter, Barbara Shields of San Antonio; sister, Laura Bryant of Tyler; several nieces and nephews; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two sisters; and one son, Johnse Shields in 1980.
Earl L. Blackburn, 70
Earl L. Blackburn, 70, of Highlands, passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, in a Baytown hospital. He was born Sept. 26, 1929 to William and Catherine (Lorene) Lee Blackburn in Chillicothe, Texas. Blackburn attended East Texas State Teachers College and graduated with a master's degree in 1956. Blackburn was employed as a quality assurance inspector for Brown and Root in their petro chemical division. He worked for them for 28 years before retiring. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, doing home improvements by adding on to his house, barbecuing, he always was a hardworking person. Blackburn served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. His parents precede him in death.
Blackburn is survived by his wife, Juanita Blackburn of Highlands; daughter, SuLain Blackburn of Baytown; daughter, Patricia Holmes of Highlands; daughter, Terri Blackburn of Baytown; son, Bill Blackburn and wife Tray of Baytown; grandson, Marcus (Shane) Blackburn of Baytown; granddaughter, Kara Blackburn of Highlands; granddaughter, Katie Blackburn of Baytown; granddaughter, Korilynn Blackburn of Baytown; granddaughter, Brooke Blackburn of Baytown; grandson, Sydney Holmes of Highlands; grandson, Liam McCown of Highlands; many cousins other relatives and friends. Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Sept. 26, 2000, at Sterling White Chapel in Highlands. Sterling White Chapel was in charge of arrangements, 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd., Highlands. 281-426-3555. www.SterlingWhiteChapel.com.
Charles J. Ellis, 77
Funeral services for Charles J. Ellis of Commerce were held Friday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. at Jones Memorial Chapel. Rev. Charles Strickland officiated at the service arranged by Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home. Cremation followed the service.
Ellis, a retired pipe fitter with Automatic Sprinkler Corp. of America, was born in Casper, Wyo., to Alfred and Mae Osborne Ellis on April 15, 1923. He died Sept. 22 in Paris, Texas. Ellis was a veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his daughter, Leatha Ellis Atherley of Commerce; son, Britton Ellis of Commerce; and grandchildren, Kayleigh Mills, Amanda Atherley, Jeffrey Atherley, Jr. and Brian Day, all of Commerce.
Paul J. Shields, 86
Services are planned for Paul J. Shields of Commerce who died yesterday at Presbyterian Hospital in Greenville. Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at Pemberton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. Burial will be at Rosemound Cemetery. Rev. Mike House will officiate. Pemberton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lulu Conner Helm, 87
Funeral services for Lulu Conner Helm, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at First United Methodist Church, Sulphur Springs. Dr. Boyd Sawyer and Dr. David Hardage will officiate. Interment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park, Sulphur Springs. Pallbearers will be Rod Henderson, Dan Leach, G. C. Ward, Buddy Mosely, Bobbie Price and Frankie Price. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Gossett, Carl Bryan, Larry Milligan, D. M. Gordon and Dr. Charles Jones. Helm was born on Dec. 2, 1912 in Sulphur Springs, Texas to Charles and Ida Andrews Conner. She married Walter "Punk" Helm on June 24, 1941 in Sulphur Springs. Helm was a former school teacher, active businesswoman, and a devoted mother and grandmother. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs and the Hamilton Bible Class. She served on countless committees and boards throughout her life in Hopkins County. She was a life time member of PTA, held every office of the Standard Club, was a former member of the Dairy Festival Board, and a former president of the Mother's Culture Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Helm; two brothers, R. D. Conner and William Conner; one sister, Enna Musgrove; and one son, Lewis Helm. Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Sharon Helm; four grandchildren, Monica Helm, Chase Helm, Jonas Helm and wife Melanie all of Sulphur Springs , and Myndi Helm Lawrence and husband Joel of Mesquite; and two great-grandchildren, Caitlin Helm and Lauren Hem. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund of Sulphur Springs.
Clyde Weldon Mayes, 93
Memorial services for Clyde Weldon Mayes of Sulphur Springs was held Monday, Sept. 25, 2000 at 11:30 a.m. in West Oaks Funeral Chapel with Rev. Charles Moor officiating. Private intermenty and committal services for the family only were held at 10 a.m. Monday in Rosemound Cemetery, Commerce. Mayes died at his residence Friday, Sept. 22, following an extended illness. He was born on Sept. 30, 1906 at the Old Duncan Place in Sulphur Bluff, Texas, the son of Charlie and Stella Bailey Mayes. He married Fleta Mae Morgan of Dallas on June 16, 1934 in the First United Methodist Church, Dallas. Mayes spent his school age years, 1919-1930, living in Commerce with his aunt and uncle, Gertrude and Reuben Galyean. He attended East Texas State Teachers College and the University of Texas. He spent his summers, 1927-1932, working for Hollands Magazine, the magazine of the south, as a student salesman and supervisor. He went to work for the Federal Match Company in 1933 where he was a successful salesman for 44 years. In 1941 Federal Match Company was purchased by Universal Match Corporation. While as salesman for Universal, he won many awards. He retired from Universal in 1976. Mayes moved from Dallas to Sulphur Springs in 1951, where he became a rancher. He remained in Sulphur Springs where he has enjoyed his retirement. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Bishop Ward Sunday School Class of the church. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Fleta Mae Mayes; one son Charles A. Mayes of Sulphur Springs; daughter and son-in-law Sally and T. C. Hamilton of Sulphur Bluff; daughter Marilyn Paterson of The Woodland, Texas; and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Sulphur Springs or to the Sulphur Bluff ISD Scholarship Fund, Sulphur Bluff, Texas 75481. Arrangements were by West Oaks Funeral Home, Sulphur Springs.
Dorothy M. Cregg, 81
Dorothy M. Cregg of McKinney passed away Sept. 24 at her home. She was born on August 27, 1919, in Commerce to Ben and Nellie (Madden) Johnson. She married Charlie Cregg on June 7, 1941 in Commerce. She was a school teacher and librarian for McKinney schools for 26 years. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the First Christian Church of McKinney. Cregg is survived by her husband, Charlie Cregg of McKinney; sons Ben Cregg and wife Margaret, and Charles Cregg, Jr and wife Kay, all of Plano; daughters Linda Cregg of McKinney, Janis Wallace and husband Ronnie of Garland, and Mary Cregg of Denton; 10 grandchildren; brother Ben Johnson, Jr. of Big Springs; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving relatives. She was preceded in death by her daughter Charlotte Sue Cregg Poteet; sisters Ruth Hall and Frances Johnson; and brother Graham Johnson. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel, in McKinney, with Rev. Neill Grimes officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce.
Margaret Elizabeth Bishop, 66
Funeral services for Margaret Elizabeth Bishop of the Fairlie Community were held yesterday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. at Owens Funeral Chapel. Bishop died Thursday, Sept. 21 at McCuistion Regional Medical Center in Paris. The service was officiated by Douglas Fox and burial was at Rosemond Cemetery in Commerce.
Bishop was born on Feb. 11, 1934 in Horton in Delta County to O. F. and Iva Box Helton. She was married to Charles A. Bishop on Dec. 20, 1951 in Commerce. Bishop, a homemaker and mother, was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Commerce.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Bishop of Fairlie; two daughters and sons-in-law, Richard and Linda Sue Cooper of Carrollton, Scott and Pattie Jean Morton of Sulphur Springs; one son and daughter-in-law Carl Anthony and Bicki Bishop of Commerce; six grandchildren, Jermy Morton, Guy Roland, Amanda Morton, Karen Roland, Brant Bishop, and Kaydi Bishop; one brother J. W. Helton of Houston; and two sisters Barbara Cotten of Como and Faye Gestes of Colorado Springs, Co. She was preceeded in death by one son Charles Ray Bishop.
Family members were pallbearers.