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Palestine, Anderson County, Texas
Miscellaneous Obituaries

Gwyona Reneet Jones
Services for Gwyona Reneet Jones, 75, of Tennessee Colony, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Living God with the Rev. Billy McClelland officiating. Burial will follow at Jamerson Quarters under the direction of Davis Funeral Home in Palestine.
Mrs. Jones died Wednesday at a Tyler hospital after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 30, 1926, in Anderson County.
Mrs. Jones was reared in the Mount Zion community. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of the Living God where she ushered and sang in the choir.
She is survived by her husband, Charlie C. Jones; son, Judge Hudson of Waco; stepson, Wilmer R. Jones of Texas City; stepdaughters, Hazel Jones of Dallas, Gwendolyn Ray and Sharon Gilmore, both of Texas City; sisters, Eliza Brown of Tennessee Colony, Jessie Mae Ross and Alice Tucker, both of Fort Worth, Elnora Walton of Dallas, Elaine Dale of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Helen Bass of Palestine; six grandchildren, five step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and four step-great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive condolence calls from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

R.C. Story
Funeral arrangements for R.C. Story, of Buffalo, are pending at Memorial Funeral Home of Buffalo.
Mr. Story died Saturday.

Ida G. Hamby
Services for Ida G. Hamby, 84, of McDade will be at 9 a.m. today at McDade at McDade Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Newby Funeral Home in Elgin.Mrs. Hamby died Tuesday at her home in McDade.She was born in Elkhart on Sept. 10, 1916 to Charlie and Sally Howell.Mrs. Hamby lived in the Austin area most of her life until retiring to McDade in 1973. She was a longtime member of McDade Baptist Church and was active in teaching Bible school and serving on the Kitchen Committee.She was preceded in death by a sister, Margie Bunch.Mrs. Hamby is survived by her husband of 53 years, Charlie C. Hamby of McDade; son, Gene Lunsford of San Marcos; daughter, Benita Ann Miller of Snellville, Ga.; sisters, Lillie Gammage of Palestine and Bernice Love of Sherman; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Hospice of Austin.
 
Cleotha Marie Micheaux-Cravin
Services for Cleotha Marie “Ree” Micheaux-Cravin, 62, of Houston and formerly of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. today at Evangelistic Temple, located on Martin Luther King Blvd., in Houston. Burial will follow in Houston.Mrs. Cravin died Monday at Park Place Hospital in Houston.She was born Feb. 14, 1939 in Palestine to Willie Mae and Levi Micheaux.Mrs. Cravin was a member of the New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ in Houston.She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Cravin; daughter, Cheryl Ann Cravin; and sister, Hurk Lee Micheaux.Mrs. Cravin is survived by her children, Donna, Yvette, Henrietta, James, Donald and Gregory, all of Houston; sister, Dorothy Micheaux of Palestine; and several grandchildren.
 
Helen Anderson Findley
Services for Helen Anderson Findley, 74, of Odessa will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mount Zion Cemetery with the Rev. Terry Skinner officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.Mrs. Findley died Thursday in Odessa.
She was born July 8, 1927 in Fairfield.
Mrs. Findley worked for J.C. Penney for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Order of the Moose Lodge. She also was a charter member of Crescent Park Baptist Church in Odessa.She was preceded in death by her husband, Nolan Findley, in June 2000.Mrs. Findley is survived by her daughter, Brenda Jean Patterson of Odessa; son, Charles Findley of Lubbock; brother, G.J. Anderson of Minden, La.; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
 
Velma Curry Pearson
Services for Velma “Aunt Bill” Curry Pearson, 99, of Elkhart will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Revs. Dennis Morgan and Willie Reagan officiating. Burial will follow in Starr Cemetery.Mrs. Pearson died Thursday afternoon at Spring Season’s of Elkhart.She was born June 7, 1902 in Elkhart to William Arthur and Sarah Parks Curry.
Mrs. Pearson was a homemaker and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Pearson, in 1969; sisters, Mable Gilmore, Ella Parker, Winnie Owens, Vergie Matthews and Jettie Pierson; brothers, Alton Curry, Robert Curry, Boyd Curry, Tom Curry, Chester Curry, Joe Curry and Preston Curry.Mrs. Pearson is survived by daughter, Janice Raines of Elkhart; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.Pallbearers will be Ben Scruggs, Donald Curry, Wayne Curry, Vertis Curry, D.A. Pierson and Ed Dempsey.Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Whitley, Jack Goldman, Joe Danner, J.D. Wynn and Joe Seckler.Condolence calls will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 
Seldon Fletcher
Services for Seldon Fletcher, 89, of Palestine will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Dr. Barry Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park.Mr. Fletcher died Wednesday afternoon at Cartmell Home for the Aged.He was born Dec. 5, 1911 in Campton, Kent., to Elijah and Elizabeth Fletcher.
Mr. Fletcher was self-employed as a paint contractor. He was a member of the Evangelistic Temple.He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Fletcher, in 1995; and 11 brothers and sisters.Mr. Fletcher is survived by sons, Jerry Fletcher of Palestine and Seldon “Carnish” Fletcher of Crosby; brother, Shannon Fletcher of Campton; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.Pallbearers will be Pat Smith, Mike Gilley, David Walton, Larry Bowermaster, Larry Swingle and Kip Fletcher.Honorary pallbearers will be Moody Pope, Elvin Pope and Jack Funderburk.Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sanford Bostic
Services for Sanford “Sandy” Bostic, 70, of Montalba, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Montalba Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.Mr. Bostic died Thursday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.He was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Montalba to Floyd J. Bostic Sr. and Della Beasley Bostic.Mr. Bostic had lived in Montalba all of his life. He graduated from Montalba schools, attended Nixon Business College and graduated in the top of his class from A&M Technical School. He was a member of Montalba Baptist Church. He was a retired technician from the telephone company.He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He earned a private pilot’s license at age 15. He also was a top point race car driver in East Texas. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War.Mr. Bostic was preceded in death by brother, Floyd J. Bostic Jr. in June 1993; and sister, Ima Jean Bostic in January 2001.He is survived by his son, Faron Bostic of Powderly; daughter, Lisa Thompson of Montalba; four grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be Brent Bostic, Josh Thompson, Mike Brown, Butch Travis, Kenneth Gatewood and Keith Bostic.Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Barrett and Dr. Silas Duncan.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.Memorials may be made to the Joshua House in Montalba, P.O. Box 220, Montalba, Texas, 75853.

Edna Earl Birch
Services for Edna Earl Birch, 89, of Grapeland will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Grapeland with the Rev. Keith Broyles officiating.Burial will follow in Dailey Cemetery.Mrs. Birch died Wednesday at Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett.She was born May 9, 1912 in Crockett to Edward and Mildred Ballard Kastrop.
Mrs. Birch was a homemaker and a Methodist.She was preceded in death by her husband, John James Birch, in 1998; and a brother, Bob Kastrop, in 1993.Mrs. Birch is survived by her daughters Earl Dee Hatton of Village Mills and Sharon Anne House of Grapeland; brother, Julian Edward Kastrop of Longview; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Velma Curry Pearson
Funeral arrangements for Velma “Aunt Bill” Curry Pearson, 99, of Elkhart are pending at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.Mrs. Pearson died Thursday afternoon at Spring Season’s of Elkhart.

Janice Alford
Services for Janice Alford, 71, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Dr. Tom Rousseau officiating. Burial will follow in Starr Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster.Mrs. Alford died Wednesday morning at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
She was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Anderson County to Cody Shaver and Jewel Etta Starr Clark.Mrs. Alford was a member of Swanson Hill Baptist Church. She was a nurse at Memorial Hospital ICU Unit for 25 years.She was preceded in death by her parents; and stepmother, Loreta Shaver, in 1998.
Mrs. Alford is survived by her husband of 56 years, Adrian Alford of Palestine; daughter, Carla Cubstead of Palestine; sons, Darrell Alford of Palestine and Allen Alford of Blue Ridge; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 
Lillian Sanders
Services for Lillian Sanders, 70, of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Brown Spring Baptist Church in Palestine. Burial will follow in the F.L. Barrett Family Cemetery in Palestine under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home.Mrs. Sanders died Sunday at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.
She was born in Anderson County to Fineous and Ethel Hunter Barrett.Mrs. Sanders was a graduate of Clemons High School in Neches. She was a member of Mount Comfort AME Church of Palestine, Baker AME Church in Fort Worth where she was very active, and Brisby Chapel AME Church in Neches.She was preceded in death by her husband, Beret Sanders, on July 28, 1999; and her father.Mrs. Sanders is survived by her mother, Ethel Barrett of Palestine; sisters, Essie Bakers of Palestine, Louise Thomas of Fort Worth and Deloise Fields of Tyler; brothers, the Rev. Denver Barrett of Cleburne, and Raymond Barrett, Henry Barrett, Eldon Barrett and Edward Barrett, all of Fort Worth.

Gwyona Jones
Funeral arrangements for Gwyona Jones are pending at Davis Funeral Home.Mrs. Jones died Wednesday at a Tyler hospital.
 
Lucille Nelson
Services for Lucille Nelson, 89, of Bonham, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Bonham with the Revs. Wayne Johnson and Cody Nelson, her grandson, officiating. Burial will follow in Gober Cemetery in Gober.Mrs. Nelson died today at I.H.S. of Bonham (formerly Seven Oaks Care Center) where she had been a resident for the past 18 months.Mrs. Nelson was born June 20, 1912 in Gober to Will Allison Carpenter and Clarisa Bird Feggett Carpenter.She is survived locally by a son, Larry Nelson of Palestine.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Lauree Martin
Services for Lauree Martin, 82, of Jacksonville, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of the Air at Land of Memory Cemetery with Dan Manuel officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home, Palestine.Mrs. Martin died Tuesday at Jacksonville Nursing Home.She was born May 2, 1919 in Cherokee County to Tell and Ida Tone Simpson.
Mrs. Martin lived most of her life in Palestine before moving to Jacksonville. She was a member of Crockett Road Church of Christ in Palestine and was a retired cashier and clerk.She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert O. Martin, in May 1996.She is survived by a son, Glenn Earl Martin of Huntsville; and a sister, Myrtle Bass of Jacksonville; and one grandson.Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Genevene Franger
Services for Genevene “Gene” Franger, 82, of San Antonio and formerly of Corpus Christi, will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mission Park Funeral Chapel North.Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Mission Park Funeral Chapels North of San Antonio.Mrs. Franger is survived locally by daughter, Linda Dean; and grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today, followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the San Antonio Humane Society.Edna BirchFuneral arrangements for Edna Earl Birch, 89, of Grapeland, are pending at Bailey & Foster, Grapeland.Mrs. Birch died this morning at Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett.
 
Willie Mae Hollis
Services for Willie Mae Hollis, 82, of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at South Union Baptist Church in Palestine.Burial will follow in the Trinity Community Cemetery in Trinity under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home.Mrs. Hollis died Aug. 1 at Methodist Hospital in Sugarland.She was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Trinity to Willie and Sarah Garcia Irvin.Mrs. Hollis received her education at Mary Allen College in Crockett, Houston-Tillison College in Austin and Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View.She was a member of South Union Baptist Church in Palestine. She was minister of music for Andrew Chapel Baptist Church in Oakwood and other various churches. She also was a member of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club, Order of Eastern Star and Retired Teacher Association. In addition, Mrs. Hollis was a volunteer for Henry-Smith Multi-Cultural Center and taught Adult Education Classes at Greenbay in Tucker and Providence in Montalba.
Mrs. Hollis was retired from St. Paul-Shiloh, Oakwood Independent School District.She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Hollis, in 1984; and sister, Arizona Hawkins.Mrs. Hollis is survived by son, David Harold Betts; daughters, Gailyn Betts Young, Cecelia Betts Lacy and Sarah Gilder Smith; and five grandchildren.

Eva Love Grogan
Services for Eva Love Grogan, 75, of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Starr Funeral Home Chapel in Hemphill with the Rev. J.C. Smith officiating.Burial will follow at Hemphill Cemetery.Mrs. Grogan died Sunday in Palestine.She was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Gary to Henry Turner and Addie Pike Turner.Mrs. Grogan was a housewife and a Baptist. She had lived in Palestine for six years and was a former resident of Tyler.She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ruby Dale Wood; and husband, James Fred Grogan.Mrs. Grogan is survived by sons, Charles Grogan of Palestine, Tommy Grogan of Jasper and John Grogan of Newton; daughters, Linda Grogan of Palestine, Dale Hall of Newton and Lois Tidwell of Beaumont; sisters, Reba Nelson of Jasper and Marie Fields of Cleveland; brother, Earl Watson of Jasper; 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Twyla Ray
Services for Twyla Cherree Ray, 37, of Commerce, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Gaylon Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park.Miss Ray died Thursday at her home in Commerce.She was born Feb. 10, 1964, in Athens to Robert Shelton and Katherine Patricia Wilson.Miss Ray recently graduated from East Texas State University in Commerce. She was a volunteer with the MHMR in Greenville.She is survived by her father and stepmother, Robert and Barbara Ray of Palestine; and sister, Tanya Ray of Bryan.Pallbearers will be Gary Windsor, Johnnie Mendez, Curtis Windsor, Roger Ray, Troy Wilmont and Keith Wilson
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Calvin Pate
Services for Calvin Pate, 82, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo. Interment will follow at Buffalo Cemetery under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home.Mr. Pate died Saturday.He was born Dec. 9, 1918 in Medina to Franklin and Adelina Pate.Mr. Pate completed his public school education in Bartlett. He joined the CC Camps and earned his lifelong nickname “Doc” for his work with the camps medical corps.Mr. Pate served his country as an army sergeant in the E.T.O. during World War II, involved in the Normandy landings. He was employed by Shell Oil Company for 31 years as an electrician and retired to Leon County in 1982.Mr. Pate will be remembered for his lifelong lay service with Park Place, Bethel and Bay Area Baptist Church. He was an endowed member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Texas, as well as an endowed member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 32 degree.He was preceded in death by brothers, Johnny and Jimmy Pate.Mr. Pate is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sigourney Pat; sons, Mark W. Pate and Robert L. McCain; brother, Franklin Pate; sisters, Judith Pryor and Lydia Griffin; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family asks that a donation be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Rosa Caughron
Services for Rosa Nell Caughron (Montanez), 60, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.Mrs. Caughron died Aug. 1 in St. Louis, Mo.She was a resident of Fairfield for 20 years. She was a truck driver for Trisum Trucking. She also was the former manager of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club and owner of Nell’s Place. She was a Baptist and a member of the VFW Auxiliary.Mr. Caughron was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Montanez Jr. in 1975; and brother, John Wesley Caughron.She is survived by sons, Dwain Montanez of Maypearl, Chris Montanez of Cleburne and Mark Montanez of Fairfield; and sister, Zona Gale Smaltz of Toledo, Ohio.

Albert Schweinle
Services for Albert A. Schweinle, 91, of Oakwood will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Palestine with Dr. Jeff Cover and the Rev. Doug Blanton officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Forrest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.  Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.Mr. Schweinle died Sunday morning at his home in Oakwood.He was born May 18, 1910 at the Indian Hill community in Montgomery County to William Louis and Emma Mueller Schweinle.Mr. Schweinle owned and operated the Houston Brick & Tile Company from 1936 to 1976. He was a longtime supporter of the Leon County Youth Livestock Association.He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Palestine and the Ralston Memorial Presbyterian Church in Houston.He was preceded in death by his sister, Edna McKinnon Lambright; brothers, Theodore and Andrew Schweinle; grandsons, Martin Thomas “Marty” Schweinle and Parmer Albert “Bert” Schweinle.Mr. Schweinle is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elverda Brod Schweinle of Oakwood; daughter, Dorris Ann Courmier of Oakwood; son, Bob Schweinle of Houston; sisters, Orene Jordan of Van Vleck and Dana Scholl of Allen; brother, William E. Schweinle of Plum; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Pallbearers will be David Courmier, Dan Courmier, Bobby Terry, Tom Davis, Miller Lee and Fred Gilliam.Honorary pallbearers will be the men’s Bible class of First Presbyterian Church and Leonard Schweinle, William E. Schweinle Jr. and Don Jordan.Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.

Cleta Clark
Services for Cleta Castle Clark, 92, of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Santa Barbara Cemetery in Santa Barbara, Calif.Mrs. Clark died Sunday morning at Cartmell Home for the Aged.She was born Jan. 23, 1909 in Waddington, N.Y. to Frank and Jennis Hoppas Lasla.Mrs. Clark was a medical technician. She and her husband Dr. George Clark served together in medical practices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, Calif. They also owned and operated the Brandenburg Clinic & Hospital in Brandenburg, Ky.Mrs. Clark was a former member of the Beverly Hill Business and Professional Woman’s Club.She is survived by sons, Edward Clark of Palestine and Donald Clark of Cromwell, Conn.The staff of Cartmell Home for the Aged will be honorary pallbearers.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
 
Theresa McCann
 Services for Theresa “Marie” (Benoit) McCann, 67, of Colorado Springs, Colo. were held at 11 a.m. today at Dove Witt Family Mortuary, 6630 S. Hwy. 85-87 in Fountain, Colo. A gathering followed at the American Legion Post No. 38, 6685 Southmoor Dr. in Fountain.Her wishes were to be cremated and have her ashes spread over Bacon Cove, Newfoundland, her place of birth.
Mrs. McCann died Monday in Colorado Springs.She is survived locally by sister-in-law Wanda Bing Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2480 W. 6th Avenue, Suite 120B, Denver, Colo., 80211.
 
Inman White
Services for Inman White, Ph.D., 79, of Palestine will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cornelius C. Jammer II officiating. Burial will follow at Palestine Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.Dr. White died Wednesday at Palestine Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.He was born on April 8, 1922 , in Hartwell, Ga.After graduating from high school in Hartwell, Dr. White attended Prairie View University where his uncle Dr. W.R. Banks was president. His schooling was interrupted in September 1942 when he was called to military service. Most of his military time was spent in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He earned several medals and commendations during World War II.After discharge from the army, he re-entered Prairie View and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He began his career as a teacher of Vocational Agriculture in Luling. In his efforts to improve his status as an educator, he attended several institutions of higher learning including Michigan State University at Lansing and Western State University at Gunnison, Colo. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy from Texas A&M University.In 1962, Dr. White accepted the position of supervisor of Vocational Agriculture in Area II. His headquarters were on the campus of Green Bay High School.
When schools were desegregated, he was chosen to serve in the Agriculture Education Department at Texas A&M with the title of Subject Matter Specialist. During the last three years of his career, he served as Vocational Educational Specialist in the Texas Education Agency.After he retired, Dr. White accepted leadership roles in several organizations. He served as chairperson of the Anderson County Community Council, and was serving his second term on the Palestine school board when he resigned because of ill health. His wife was chosen to complete his term.Dr. White was a Methodist. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. One of his accomplishments with the church included the planning and construction of the present worship structure for which he gave considerable advice and encouragement.
He also was a life member of Phi Delta Kappa and a member of Texas Methodist Hospital Board of Directors, Masonic Lodge and the Knights of Pythias. He was a former school board member for Palestine Independent School District.
Dr. White won several honors from state, local, civic and professional organizations.He is survived by his wife, Mae Frances White of Palestine; son, Inman Bertoir White of Marshall; daughter, Kathy Joanne White of Nashville, Tenn; and two grandchildren.Pallbearers will be Luther Gladney, James Jones, Inman B. White, Inman Bank White, Lee V. Richardson III, Charles White and C.C. Jammer III.Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Gene Hix, Dr. Harold E. Hall, H.B. Sorrells, Jimmie Cummings Sr., the Rev. Tommie Lumpkin and Leon Hudson Sr.

Ira Lee “Doll” Dial
Services for Ira Lee “Doll” Robinson Dial, 76, of Houston and formerly of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Green Bay African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tucker with the Revs. Terry Copeland and Charles Monette officiating.Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.A wake will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Union Memorial United Methodist Church, 4712 Cavalcade Street in Houston.
Mrs. Dial died July 27 in a Houston hospital.She was born Feb. 25, 1925 in Palestine to Henry and Nancy Smith Robinson.
Mrs. Dial graduated from Green Bay High School. A member of Green Bay A.M.E. Church, she was the secretary and a Sunday school teacher.She was married to Leo Woodard, then later moved to Houston and married James Q. Dial Sr. She joined Union Memorial United Methodist Church and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service.Mrs. Dial was preceded in death by her husband, James Q. Dial Sr.; son, Leo Woodard Jr.; sisters, Cherry and Lucille; and brothers, Frank, Albert Lee and L.C.
She is survived by sister, Luvadar Demar of Houston; brother, Henry Robinson Jr. of Palestine; stepdaughter, Marian D. Moore of Jasper; stepson, James Q. Dial Jr. of Los Angeles; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Pallbearers will be Robert Clemons, Jackie Demar, Thomas Ellis, Cleveland Robinson, Frank Robinson, Frederick Robinson and Mitchell Ray Robinson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Demar, Johnny Demar, Freddie Martin and Henry Robinson Jr.

J.P. Robinson
Services for J.P. Robinson 46, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Myron Waddle officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel-Jerusalem Cemetery.A wake will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.Mr. Robinson died Monday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler following a lengthy illness.He was born April 4, 1955 in Palestine to Elmore Robinson Sr. and Georgia Mary Smith.Mr. Robinson was a graduate of Palestine High School and worked as an automobile detailer.He was preceded in death by his mother and grandmothers, Amelia Johnson and Mary Robinson.Mr. Robinson is survived by his sisters, Mary Louise Oliver and Kathy Robinson, both of Palestine, Diane Milton of Cedar Hill, Leniece Oni of Grand Prairie, Deniece Kennedy of Fort Worth, Wanda Williams and Denell Shaw, both of Dallas; brothers, J.C. Anderson Jr. of Fort Worth, Elmore Robinson Jr. and Ronald Allen Robinson, both of Palestine, and Willie Earl Smith and Gwinn Smith, both of Dallas.Pallbearers will be J.C. Anderson Jr., Kenneth Paul Oliver, Elmore Robinson Jr., Ronald Allen Robinson, Gwinn Smith and Willie Earl Smith.Honorary pallbearers will be Dwight Blacksher, Charlie Jefferson, Michael Montgomery, Adetola Christopher Oni, Willie Earl Smith and Harold Williams Jr.

Rubie Mendel
Services for Rubie Mendel, 90, of Palestine were held Wednesday.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.Mrs. Mendel died Monday night at Palestine Health Care.She was born March 6, 1911 in Huffman to John W. Richie and Lela West Richie.
Mrs. Mendel worked in Medical Security. She was a Presbyterian and a 60-year member of the Ransford Chapter.She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Mendel.Mrs. Mendel is survived by a daughter, Sharon Pendland of Palestine; and two grandsons.

Richard Lee Horace
Funeral arrangements for Richard Lee Horace, 57, of Lovelady are pending at Emanuel Funeral Home, Crockett.Mr. Horace died Wednesday at Park Place Hospital in Houston.

Deltha Lee Gipson
Services for Deltha Lee Gipson, 78 will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Elkhart. Burial will follow in Bluff Spring Cemetery under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home.A wake will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel.Mrs. Gipson died July 27 at Palestine Regional Medical Center.She was born Sept. 15, 1922 in Elkhart to Vassie and Lucille Dickerson Conner.
Mrs. Gipson received her education in the Elkhart Public Schools. She was an active member of Bluff Spring Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, Tyree Gipson, on Feb. 14, 1999; daughter, Lucille Gipson; and grandson, Roderick Gipson.Mrs. Gipson is survived by her children, Fannie Hutchison of Palestine, Walter Lee Gipson of Temple, Daymond Gipson of Beeville, Tommie Gipson of Houston and Jerry Gipson of Elkhart; brother, Vassie L. Conner of Phelps; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Robert McDonald Sr.
Services for Robert McDonald Sr., 78, of Palestine will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church.Mr. McDonald was born July 12, 1923 to Will and Pearl McDonald of Slocum.He joined Providence Church in Montalba where he remained a member until his death. He attended Neches schools and was employed by Vernon Calhoun Meat Packing Company for six years and for the City of Palestine for eight years until he retired in 1989.Mr. McDonald married Henrietta McDonald and later married, Stella McDonald.He was preceded in death by sisters, Doris Eiglebiger, Willie Goree, Bernice Williams, Peggy Lane, Audrey Bluff and Alva Mae Kimbrough; and brothers, Rear McDonald, Vess McDonald, F.T. McDonald and Melvin McDonald.Mr. McDonald is survived by children, Bettye Jean McDonald of Mansfield, Willie Frank McDonald, Shelia McDonald Bell, Charlotte McDonald Mims and Robert Q. McDonald Jr., all of Palestine; and 11 grandchildren.

Linda Graham
Funeral arrangements for Linda Graham, 45, of Palestine are pending at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.  Mrs. Graham died Wednesday night at Hospice Home Place in Tyler.
 
Mrs. Jack Brooks
Services for Mrs. Jack (Mozelle) Brooks, 84, of Palestine will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Lyle Huntress officiating.
Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Birdston Cemetery in Streetman.Mrs. Brooks died Monday at Pine Tree Lodge Nursing Home in Longview.She was born March 29, 1917, in Streetman to Hugh and Gertrude White Steele.
Mrs. Brooks was a homemaker and a Baptist.She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Wesley Brooks, in 1995; and two brothers, Hugh White Steele and Horace Steele.She is survived by her son, Horace F. Brooks of Sparks, Nev.; sisters Mrs. Thomas (Frances) Sherrard of Longview and Mrs. Charles (Mattie) Hodge of Freemont; and a grandson.Pallbearers will be Walton Paggitt, Sam Brown, Frankie Wacha, Wesley Vickery, Allen Hart and Adam Ouzts.  Condolence calls will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Louise D. Bishop
Services for Louise Draper Bishop, 77, of Houston will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Houston.Interment will follow in the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.Mrs. Bishop died Monday.She was a native Houstonian and had lived her entire life in Houston except many days spent at the family’s home away from home at Lake Ioni in Slocum.Mrs. Bishop attended elementary school at Trinity Lutheran School of Houston and was a 1940 graduate of Sam Houston High School. She was a member and former officer of the Ladies Circle of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was life member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Houston.
She was preceded in death by her son, Ross Thomas Bishop.Mrs. Bishop is survived by her husband of 50 years, Benjamin Thomas Bishop of Houston; daughter, Vickie Bishop Vogel of Clear Lake City in Houston; and two grandchildren.Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home; and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 Houston Ave.Memorial contributions should be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church “Next Generation” Fund.
 
Henry Brown
Services for Henry Lewis Brown, 77, of Houston and formerly of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Emanuel Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery in Montalba.Mr. Brown died Friday morning at the Veteran Memorial Medical Center in Houston.He was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Palestine to George William and Viola Clerkley Brown.Mr. Brown attended Clemon High School in Neches. He was a member of Brownspring Baptist Church. After moving to Houston, he united with Blue Ridge Baptist Church. He served in the CC Camp for a while, and later joined the U.S. Army and served from 1943 to 1946 and received an honorable discharge.He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice Jones Brown, in 1976; brother, Brisby Brown; sisters, Zeola M. Taylor, Vernice Bass and Lena M. Henderson.
Mr. Brown is survived by stepson, Jessie Hall of Palestine; brothers, McCoy Brown Sr. and Tom Perry Brown; sisters, Georgia Wallace, Avetia Armstrong and Nicy Lee Kelly, all of Houston.A wake will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the chapel.
 
Joan Mitchell
Services for Joan Mitchell, 55, of Frankston, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston. Burial will follow at Old Bethel Cemetery in FrankstonMs. Mitchell died Monday at a Tyler hospital.She was born Feb. 13, 1946, in Palestine.Ms. Mitchell was a homemaker and a member of Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dennis Clay Mitchell; and son, James Clay Lane.Ms. Mitchell is survived by her mother, Clara B. Mitchell of Palestine; sisters, Glenda Saunders and Patricia Walker, both of Frankston; and numerous nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be Jeff Wright, Robert Thrush, Joel Smith, James Newman, Dennis Newman and Sidney Vance.Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua Berryhill and Jonathon Thrush. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


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