Esther Elizabeth Davis, 73, of Greenville, died Thursday at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Services will be today at 3:30 p.m. at Greenville Church of God with Rev. Timothy Chenault and Rev. Wayne Brashear officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Okla.
She was born in Fowler, Kansas on Aug. 27, 1925 to George H. Moran and Blanch Harrington. She married Donald Lee Davis in Dodge City, Kansas, on April 9, 1945. She was a retired postal clerk with the US Post Office.
Surviving are her husband, of Greenville; sons Larry Davis, of Greenville, and Robert Davis of Colorado; daughters Rosemary Edmonds of Mesquite, and Donna Bridges of Rowlett; brothers Albert Stevenson of Spokane, Wash., and Gilbert Moran of Smelterville, Idaho; sister Mildred Farley of Kiowa, Kans.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at Greenville Church of God, 6212 Live Oak.
Jones-Walker and Son Funeral Home in Commerce is in charge of the arrangements.
James "Clyde" Gray, 77, of Greenville, died Friday in Richardson. Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Peters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Burchett officiating. Burial will be in Memoryland Memorial Park.
He was born March 25, 1921 in Greenville to Thomas Edward Gray and Addie Lou Humphries Gray. He married Willie Jo Burchett in Dallas on March 24, 1945.
Mr. Gray was a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, of Greenville; a daughter, Carolyn Gray Shannon, of Richardson; sister Lorene Row, of Greenville; and a grandson, Jay Shannon, of Richardson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Eddie and Elmer Gray, and sisters Faye Pruitt, Nova Elkins and Lela Irons.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Money, Richard Pruitt, Jerry Bishop, Kirk Holdridge, Shelby Thornton and Bobby Fuggitt.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Peters Funeral Home.
Oliver M. Craver, 84, of Celeste, died Friday at Leonard Nursing Home in Leonard. Services will be held at 10 a.m. at Peters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Royce Litchfield officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. at Piney Cemetery in Harrison County.
He was born June 6, 1914, in Harrison County to Walter Craver and Lillie Mae Anderson Craver. He married Vina Knoble Sept. 15, 1932 in Harrison County. He was a carpenter and farmer, and a member of the Church of God.
Surviving are sons Ronald Craver of Kellogg, Carol Ray Craver of Marshall, Oliver N. Craver of Euless, and Franky John Craver of Howe; daughters Bobbie Callaway of Kingston, Vianell Moore of Wolfe City, Marshall Horton of Kingston, and Terry Lynn Craver of Greenville; brother Joe Craver, of Palestine; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife on July 28, 1993; son Fred Clayton Craver; brothers Henry Craver, Volley Craver, Wilburn Craver, Paul William Craver, Carol Nelson Craver; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Buddy Mitchell, Jesse Farrar, Phillip White, Dewayne McDowell, Michael Craver, Brian Horton and Mike Batchlor.
Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Peters Funeral Home.
Mary Katherine Dowell, 85, of Plano, died Saturday in Plano. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Pemberton Funeral Chapel in Commerce with Rev. Robert Fugarino officiating. Burial will be in Sonora Cemetery in Fairlie.
She was born in Pecan Gap on July 14, 1913, to Clark James and Daisy Roan. She married Glenn Eugene Dowell in Durant, Okla. on Sept. 19, 1934.
Mrs. Dowell was a lifelong resident of Fannin and Hunt Counties, and moved to Plano to be near relatives. She was a member of the First Christian Church and of the Capt. Charles Croxell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the author of A Little Twig from Ladonia, a recollection of her childhood in Ladonia. She was a salutatorian of the 1928 senior class at Ladonia High School. She died on her daughter's birthday.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Glenn Ann and Donald Hunt, of Plano; two grandchildren, Brandy Hunt of Olathe, Kansas, and Teri Erwin of Cross Plains, Texas; two great-grandsons, Seth Hernandez and Sammuel Erwin; a sister-in-law, Marguerite James, of Ladonia; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on July 20, 1997; and brother John Frank "Buddy" James.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at Pemberton Funeral Home.
COMMERCE - Esther Elizabeth Davis, 73, of Greenville, died Thursday at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Greenville Church of God with Rev. Timothy Chenault and Rev. Wayne Brashear officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Okla.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Greenville Church of God, 6212 Live Oak.
Jones-Walker & Sons Funeral Home in Commerce is in charge of arrangements.
James O. Scales, 57, died Tuesday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at Palestine Baptist Church in Wolfe City with W.L. Mack officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Ladonia.
He was born Aug. 14, 1941 in Washington to Julius Scales Sr. and Amanda Olivia Gilmore. He married Laverne Smith in Washington on Aug. 14, 1941.
Mr. Scales was an aeronautical engineer with Johnson Space Center in Houston. He retired Jan. 9, 1993 after 29 years in federal service. He was a member of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and the Masonic Lodge 2770.
Surviving are his wife; his mother; a daughter, Swan Denise Scales-Franklin of Houston; two brothers, Julius G. Scales of Houston and George H. Scales of Dallas; two sisters, Olivia L. Robins of Kansas City, Mo. and Dr. Gloria Faye Scales of Dallas and cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Wilson, Larry Leftridge, Willie James, Barry Fuller, William Loftin and John Brown.
Grundy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Frances Nadine Bagwell, 90, of Greenville died Wednesday at Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville. Funeral services are at 4 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Davis officiating. Burial is in Simmons Cemetery.
Born in Hunt County on March 19, 1908, she was the daughter of George Washington Skinner and Mary Elizabeth Gillispie. She married Hugh Urban Bagwell on Oct. 15, 1927 in Greenville. Mrs. Bagwell was a homemaker and was a member of the Peniel Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are two sons, George Bagwell of Chula Vista, Calif. and Eugene Bagwell of Angleton; three daughters, Mary Alexander of Frankston, Irene Woods of Henderson and Dorothy Eastup of Greenville; a brother, Ralph Skinner of Greenville; a sister, Louise Darby of Sulphur Springs; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1977; a son, H.U. Bagwell Jr. and a daughter, Frances Norris.
Grandsons are pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Peniel Church of the Nazarene or a charity of choice.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Funeral services for R.J. Oler of Greenville are at 1 p.m. today at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Price officiating. Burial is in Memoryland Memorial Park.
He died Thursday at Greenville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
The son of King Oler and Gladys Potter, he was born in Rains County on Aug. 5, 1917. On Oct. 1, 1938 he married Helen Grace Myers in Greenville.
Mr. Oler served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from E-Systems as an aircraft inspector.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Col. (Ret) Roy Pat and Jennifer Oler of Mansfield and Mike and Vicki Oler of Ft. Worth; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Alice Oler of Greenville; a sister, Dorothy Weeks of Garland and four grandchildren, Dannen and wife, Deanne, Oler of Rowlett, Erin Oler of Nacogdoches, and J. Michael Oler and Windy Oler, both of Fort Worth.
Preceding him in death were his wife in 1979 and a brother, Jimmy Oler.
Pallbearers are Richard Weeks, Benny Joe Porter, Keith Oler, Pat Oler and Justin Jeffus.
FARMERSVILLE - Freddie Wesley Smith, 52, of Farmersville died Wednesday. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today at the Fielder-Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Farmersville. Burial is in Mills Cemetery in Garland.
Mr. Smith was born Oct. 24, 1945 in McKinney to Coy W. and Ruth Self Smith. He and Judy Smith were married April 11, 1998 in Forney. He was employed in equipment operation. He was a veteran, serving with the U.S. Marines. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife of Farmersville; three daughters, Jalinda Bell of Garland, Tammy Baugh of Farmersville and Amy Arey of Plano; a son, Mark Hockett of Dallas; his mother, Ruth McGee of Quinlan; a sister, Janell Smith of Quinlan; three brothers, William Smith, Willie Smith and Tommy McGee, all of Quinlan; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
CADDO MILLS - Funeral services for O.B. Ingram, 84, of Paradise Community are at 10 a.m. today at Paradise Baptist Church with Rev. Billie Norris officiating. Burial is in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Caddo Mills.
He died Monday in Greenville.
He was born Dec. 12, 1913 in Gram Point, son of O.O. Ingram and Ethel Wade Ingram. He and Lucille Wood were married June 18, 1931. He was a farmer and a Baptist.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Love of Paradise Community; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1993 and two daughters, Nell Cox in 1997 and Ruth Wright in 1997.
Rentfrow Funeral Home, Inc. of Caddo Mills is in charge of arrangements.
WOLFE CITY - Gene London, 65, of Wolfe City died Tuesday in Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Services are at 3 p.m. Friday at R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Kirk Jones officiating. Burial is in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Mr. London was born Sept. 12, 1933, in Bailey; the son of Jack and Rita Scarborough London. He married Dorothy Williams on Sept 24, 1954, in Ladonia. He was a retired pressman at Ennis Tag and Label Company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wolfe City.
Surviving are his wife of Wolfe City; two sons, Larry London of Garland and Gregory London of Wolfe City; four grandchildren; and three brothers, Don London of Greenville, John London of Leonard and Jack London of Pittsburgh, Pa.
He was preceded in death by one son and one brother.
Pallbearers are nephews.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
QUINLAN - Ruby Olen Pyron, 85, of Bridgeport died Sept. 24. Funeral services were Saturday at Quinlan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ray McGregor officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Memorial Park.
He was born Aug. 20, 1913 in Franklin County to Charles and Mary Kidd Pyron. He worked as an equipment operator and was a member of the Assembly of God.
Surviving are his wife, Onia Pyron of Bridgeport; three sons, Bruce Pyron of Lake Tawakoni, David Pyron of Garland and Steve Pyron of Bridgeport; two daughters, Veneda Jackson of Lake Tawakoni and Jean Mays of Quinlan; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Raymond Pyron, in 1994.
GLADEWATER - Funeral services for Roy Bill Roddy, 59, of Gladewater, are at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Ellis Hayden and Rev. Aubrey Pate officiating. Graveside services are at 2 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City with Rev. Welton Jones officiating.
He died Tuesday at Home Place in Tyler.
Born Feb. 12, 1939 in Wolfe City, he was the son of Robert E. Roddy and Bess Carter Roddy. He graduated from Wolfe City Independent School District and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history and a Master of Education degree in administration from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce).
He married Elaine Hagler on Aug. 5, 1961 in Wolfe City. They moved to Gladewater in 1964 after teaching three years in Booker. He taught seventh grade Texas history for 27 years and he retired in 1991.
Mr. Roddy was a member of the First Baptist Church and taught Sunday School and Sunday night services. He was a member of the East Texas Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution; the Sons of the Republic of Texas; Texas First Families and the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America.
Surviving are his wife of Gladewater; brother James Roddy of Greenville; sister Theda Harrell of Rockwall; one niece; six nephews and a number of great-nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers include Sherrell Walker, Paul King, Joe Thompson, Welton Jones, Harold Wells, J.O. Williams and Kenneth Casstevens. Honorary pallbearers are nephews Robert Gatlin, Wayne Gatlin, Jimmy Gatlin, Neil Roddy, Jimmy Roddy and Steve Harrell.
Memorials may be made to the R. Bill Roddy Scholarship Fund, First Service Bank, P.O. Box 1432, Gladewater 75647.
Visitation is from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater.
Evelyn Ross Sikes of Greenville died Tuesday at her residence. There is a graveside service at 11 a.m. today at Memoryland Memorial Park with Rev. Mike Nichols officiating.
She was born Feb. 23, 1920 in Hunt County, daughter of Eli and Gladys Ross. She married Edwin Truman Sikes on Dec. 7, 1940 in Hunt County.
Mrs. Sikes was a homemaker and worked for LTV for ten years. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and Ladies Auxiliary of United Transportation Union.
She is survived by a son, Roy Edwin Sikes of Austin; a daughter, Susan Green of Greenville; a brother, Roy E. Ross of Duncan, Okla.; two sisters, Madell Parr of Camarillo, Calif. and Maryglen Morrison of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; and one granddaughter, Samantha Lane Sikes.
She was preceded in death by her husband on June 14, 1996; a brother, Samuel J. Ross and two infant sisters.
Peters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ATHENS - Graveside services for Robert J. Stallings, 69, of Athens are at 10 a.m. Friday in Shelby Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Mike Gibbs officiating.
He died Monday in a Greenville health center.
He was born Sept. 6, 1929 in Malakoff to Robert Lee and Lula Virttie Hawthorne Stallings. He lived in Colorado Springs, Colo. and Pamona, Calif., but lived most of his life in Athens and Henderson where he was a self-employed carpenter, retiring in 1984.
Mr. Stallings was a member of Central Baptist Church and he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
Surviving are sons Cecil Alton Flint of Westminster, Calif., Jerry Wayne Flint of Celeste, Robert Jay Stallings of Eustace and Allen Lee Stallings of Rowlett; daughters, Brenda Joyce Teets of Waxahachie, Yvonne Darlene Russell of Celeste, Pamela Sue Notter of St. Louis, Mo., Margaret Stancill of Jacksonville, Ark. and Reba Stewart of Haworth, Okla.; sisters Vera Fite and Stella Pate of Athens; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
LADONIA - Kathleen Murrel Stewart of Ladonia died Tuesday at her home. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday at the Pecan Gap Baptist Church with Bob Posey officiating. Burial is in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Hunt County.
Born in Brashear County, Hopkins County on June 7, 1917, she was the daughter of George W. Jacobs and Laura Noble Jacobs. She married Jessie F. Stewart on Dec. 5, 1936. Mrs. Stewart had lived in Ladonia since 1970 and was a member of the Pecan Gap Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of Ladonia; a daughter, Laine Wilkerson of Dallas; two sisters, Opal Proffer of Ladonia and Ova Carpenter of Beaumont; a granddaughter and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Delta Funeral Home in Ladonia.
Kenneth Ray Braddy
COOPER - Kenneth Ray Braddy, 60, died Saturday at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center in Paris. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper with Rev. Claude Sutton officiating.
He was born in Cooper on Feb. 28, 1938 and was the son of Sam and Sallie (Shields) Braddy. He was a retired machinist.
He is survived by three sons, Darren Braddy of Chicago, Ill., and Martin Braddy and Jason Braddy, both of Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Bertha Jones and Jewel Holdren, both of Cooper; and three grandchildren, Tarrah Braddy, Tessah Braddy and Tyler Braddy.
Delta Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
WEST TAWAKONI - Graveside services for Bob Springfield, 65, of West Tawakoni, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Restland Cemetery with Rev. Lewis officiating. He died Friday in West Tawakoni.
Born in Gainesville on Sept. 26, 1933, he was the son of William and Virginia Springfield. He married Peggy Stroud. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Stroud of West Tawakoni; sons Worley Springfield of Houston, William Springfield of Pflugerville and Max Springfield of Lewisville; sister Ginger Smith of Gainesville and four grandchildren.
Quinlan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.