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Adams, Nora Lee Tucker

ADAMS, NORA LEE TUCKER                                                          September 23, 1906 – November 21, 1996

Nora Lee Adams, 90, of Omaha, died Thursday, November 21, 1996, at a daughter’s home in Cookville, following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were at 10 am, Saturday, November 23, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Neal Thornburgh officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home.  Mrs. Adams was a member of the First Baptist Church and a lifetime resident of Omaha.  Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Betts of Omaha, and Freddie Vaught of Cookville; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Charlton and Ruth Hart, both of Omaha.  Serving as pallbearers were Toby Culver, Leonard Belyeu, Barry Endsley, Bud Joyner, H. D. Hartgrove and Frank Clayton. Nora Lee was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Adams, Sr. on September 18, 1971. A son, John Thomas Adams, Jr. also preceded her in death on August 22, 1989, and he is buried in the Center Ridge Cemetery in Maud, Bowie Co., TX. (I Row 3)     

Anderson, Arden

ANDERSON, ADREN                                                                         October 26, 1926 – August 22, 1996

Adren Anderson, 69, of Omaha, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Saturday, Aug. 24, at the First United Methodist Church of Omaha, with the Rev. Lanny Peek officiating.  Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mr. Anderson was born October 26, 1926, at Naples.  He was retired from the USMC and was a retired trucker.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a longtime resident of Omaha.  Survivors include his wife, Helen Anderson of Omaha; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne and Paula Anderson of Duncanville, and J. C. and Kelli Anderson of  Omaha; three daughters and sons-in-law, Gayle and Lane Ray of Naples, Darlene Browning and Gary of  Naples, and Nancy and Mike Cobb of Naples; four grandchildren, Michael Cobb of Naples, Alyssa Browning of Naples, Adam Dwayne Anderson of Duncanville, and Colby Anderson of Omaha; two sisters, Kathryn Charlton of Omaha, and Ruby McIntyre of Naples; one step-brother, Jim Berry of Naples; and a number of nieces and nephews.   (SW Row 9)

Baker, Elley

BAKER, ELLEY                                                                                     June 22, 1915 – May 26, 1996 

Elley Baker, 80, of Naples, died Sunday, May 26, at Lancaster, Texas.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Wednesday, May 29, at the Norris Samuel Curry CME Church in Naples, with the Rev. W. T. Wilkins and the Rev. Q. T. Williams officiating.  Burial was in the Morning Star Cemetery at Naples.  Mr. Baker was born June 22, 1915, in Naples.  He is survived by one sister, Fannie Hicks, and a host of relatives and friends.   (Sec C, Left South Side)

Belyeu, Zelda Ranes

BELYEU, ZELDA RANES                                                                     December 31, 1905 – July 7, 1996

Zelda Ranes Belyeu, 90, of Omaha, died Sunday, July 7, 1996, at the Elmwood Nursing Home in Omaha.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Wednesday, July 10, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Glen Griffith and the Rev. Nolan Richey officiating.  Mrs. Belyeu was a member of Concord Baptist Church, a homemaker and a seamstress.  She was born December 31, 1905, in Omaha where she was a lifetime resident.  She was the daughter of the late Freeman and Addie Ranes.  Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Mildred Belyeu of Omaha; four grandchildren, Carolyn, Hargrove of Naples, Don Belyeu of Daingerfield, Jerry Belyeu of Omaha, and Sandra Brown of Longview; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  Serving as pallbearers were Randall Ranes,  M. D. McCollum, J. T. Clayton, Toby Culver, Wendell Boozer and Weymond Gray. Zelda was preceded in death by her husband, W Mearl Belyeu on October 8, 1981.   (K Row 6 BL 19)

Bennett, Gordon

BENNETT, GORDON                                                                             June 19, 1926 – March 6, 1996

Gordon Bennett, 69, of Houston, died Wednesday, March 6, 1996, in Houston.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Friday, March 8, at First Baptist Church in Gilmer, with Dr. David Jenkins officiating.  Burial was in the Loving-Spring Hill Cemetery near Omaha.  Mr. Bennett was a longtime resident of Houston and Gilmer.  He was a deacon of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, and a former deacon of First Baptist Church in Gilmer.  He was a Mason, a longtime employee of Lone Star Steel Company and was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Bolin Bennett in 1993.  Mr. Bennett was born in Detroit, Michigan, June 19, 1926.  Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindi and Dave Owens of Garland, and Nancy and Dennis Browning of Ft. Worth; five grandchildren; a brother, Alex Bennett and sister Ann Parish of Vermont; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Hazel and Pete Bolin of Omaha.  (Row 1)

Bostick, J. D.

BOSTICK, J. D.                                                                                        January 14, 1915 – December 14, 1996

J. D. Bostick, 81, of Naples, died Saturday, December 14, 1996, at a VA hospital in Shreveport.  Graveside services were at 1 pm, Tuesday, December 17, at the Naples Cemetery, with the Rev. Trey Roberson officiating.  Services were under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Naples.  Mr. Bostick was born January 14, 1915.  He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the Masonic Lodge, a retired mechanic and a longtime resident of Naples.  Survivors include three sisters, Ethel Vann of Alvin, TX, Florence Heusel of Howard, CO, and Dorothy Vanarsdale of Kifer, OK; and a number of nieces and nephews. (A Row 3)

Bradshaw, Leigh Stiver

BRADSHAW, LEIGH STIVER                                                              May 18, 1968 – July 31, 1996

Leigh Bradshaw, 28, of Omaha, died Wednesday, July 31, 1996, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Saturday, August 3, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Bill Harty and the Rev. Ken Saunier officiating.  Burial was in the Naples Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were Dana Burris, Trisha Didway, Leanne Didway, Kristy Grider, Susan Ross and Julie Martin.  Mrs. Bradshaw was born May 18, 1968, in Niskayuna, NY.  She was a longtime resident of Morris County.  Survivors include her husband, Lee Bradshaw of Omaha; one son, James Stiver of Omaha; one daughter, Lisa Ann Stiver of Omaha; her parents, Jim and Frdie Woolery of Palm Desert, CA; and two brothers, Kevin Woolery and John Woolery, both of San Francisco.  (A Row 16)

Brown, Marion Jackson

BROWN, MARION JACKSON                                                                December 28, 1915 – April 14, 1996

Marion Jackson Brown, 80, of Naples, died Sunday, April 14, at Elmwood Nursing Home in Omaha, following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Tuesday, April 16, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Gary Von Chapman officiating.  Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery near Naples, under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mr. Brown, born December 28, 1915 in Athens, Alabama, was a retired trucker, a member of the Teamsters Union and a former employee of Strickland Truck Lines.  He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a longtime resident of Naples. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mertie Brown, in 1994. They were married June 18, 1945. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and John H. Coen of Splendora, TX; one son and daughter-in-law Franklin D. and Dorene G. Craig of Canby, OR; one sister, Pauline Barker of Texarkana, AR; seven grandchildren, John Michael Coen, Nancy Dorene Coen Daily, David Lee Coen, Edward Carl Coen, Franklin D. Craig Jr., Rodney Jakcson Craig and Linda Dawn Craig; twelve great-grandchildren, John Thomas Daily, Emma Elizabeth Daily, Geoffrey Jackson Daily, Erin Elizabeth Craig, Kristina Roe Craig, Kristopher Todd Craig, Nichole Leanne Coen, Ashley Mechell Coen, James Allen Vaughn, Calvin Wood Vaughn, Trevor Scott Vaughn and Micah Craig Vaughn; a nephew and wife, Victor and Maxine Brown of Texarkana; and numerous other great-nieces and nephews in AR, OK, and LA.  Serving as pallbearers were Johnny Alexander, John M. Coen, Edward C. Coen, Steve Davis, Morris Craig and John H. Coen.  Honorary pallbearers were David Coen, Franklin D. Craig Jr., and Rodney J. Craig. (NE Row 7)

Bryant, Zadie

BRYANT, ZADIE                                                                                            January 10, 1914 – June 21, 1996

Zadie Bryant, 82, of Naples, died Friday, June 21, 1996, at her home.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Thursday, June 27, at the Antioch Baptist Church in Naples, with the Rev. James E. Boyce officiating.  Burial was in the Morning Star Cemetery at Naples.  Mrs. Bryant was born January 10, 1914, in Morris County.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Antioch Baptist Church where she served as president of the Missionary Society and was secretary of the Usher Board for which she served for over 30 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivory “See Saw” Bryant, and a daughter, Mary Theresa Gaines.  Survivors include one grandson and his wife, Jerry A. and Angela Gaines of Lexington, KY; one son-in-law, Merkerson Gaines of Houston; two great-grandchildren, Chris and Trey Gaines of Lexington; two sisters-in-law, Neoda Miller and Vanessa Robinson of Naples, two nieces, Jewel Boyd of Tacoma, WA, and Helen Robinson of Naples; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.  (At Fork Between A & C)

Burke, Ernestine Spence

BURKE, ERNESTINE SPENCE                                                                  July 27, 1910 – March 1, 1996

ERNESTINE SPENCE BURKE, 85, of Dallas, died Friday, March 1, 1996.  Funeral services were at 10:30 am, Monday, March 4, at the Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home Chapel in Dallas with Dr. Dennis Hochgraber officiating.  Interment was at 3 pm, in the Old Naples Cemetery at Naples.  Mrs. Burke was retired from the US Government General Services Administration.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Burke, and is survived by an extended family across Texas. (A Row 14)

Cannon, Barney

CANNON, BARNEY                                                                                     May 11, 1905 – February 7, 1996

Barney Cannon, 90, of Naples, died Wednesday, February 7, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.  Funeral services were Monday, February 12, at the Antioch Baptist Church in Naples, with the Rev. Rochelle officiating.  Burial was in the Morning Star Cemetery at Naples.  Mr. Cannon was born May 11, 1905, in Naples.  He is survived by his wife, Anna Belle Cannon of  Naples; sisters, Opal Holloway, Amanda D. Boren, Lula P. Hiner and Florida L. Blaylock, all of Naples; brothers, Henry B. Cannon Sr. of Los Angeles, and Moses P. Cannon Jr., of Texarkana; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. (Section C Left South Side)

Cannon, Theodore Sr.

CANNON, THEODORE SR.                                                                         October 24, 1928 – April 2, 1996

THEODORE CANNON SR., 68, of Naples, died Tuesday, April 2, 1996, in Naples.  Funeral services were at 1:30 pm, Saturday, April 6, at the Norris Samuel Curry CME Church in Naples, with the Rev. Q T Williams officiating.  Burial was in the Morning Star Cemetery in Naples.  Mr. Cannon was born October 24, 1928 in Naples.  Survivors include his wife, Oberia Cannon of  Naples; one son and daughter-in-law, Oliver and Jacqueline Cannon of El Paso; two daughters, Natalie Ross of Las Vegas, NV, and Vonceil Cobb of Crestview, FL; two sisters, Jewel Boyd of Tacoma, WA, and Mary Lane Simmons of Oakland, CA; six grandsons and a number of other relatives.  (Section C, Left, South Side)

Clair, Olive Emma

CLAIR, OLIVE EMMA                                                                                   March 21, 1911 – October 18, 1996

Olive Emma Clair, 85, of Omaha, died Friday, October 18, 1996, in Longview.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Sunday, October 20, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with Bishop A D Taylor officiating.  Burial was at the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mrs. Clair was born March 21, 1911, at El Dorado, IL.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a member of the art guild, and a longtime resident of Omaha.  She had served on a church mission for two years for two years with her husband, and was a longtime organist for the church.  Survivors include her husband, Forrest L. Clair of Omaha; two sons, Jack Reid of Lake Jackson, TX, and Lawrence (Tex) Clair of Omaha; three daughters, Becky Lee of Longview, Roselyn Knight of Ocala, FL, and Lila Clair of Daingerfield; one stepson, Forie Clair of Omaha; one stepdaughter, Barbara Brown of Indianapolis, IN; two brothers, Ray Miller of Monterey, CA, and Ed Miller of FL; two sisters, LaWanda Purcell of FL, and Regina Murphy of NC; and a number of grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren.  Serving as pallbearers were Kenny Lindsey, Mark Stevens, Mike Clair, Randy Reid, Caleb Clair and Adam Rice. (L Row 4)

Clayton, Robert Hugh

CLAYTON, ROBERT HUGH                                                                         August 22, 1957 – March 8, 1996

ROBERT HUGH CLAYTON, 38, of College Station, formerly of Omaha, died Friday, March 8, in Bastrop County, Texas, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.  Funeral services were at 10 am, Monday, March 11, at the Grace Bible Church in College Station, with the Rev. Nolan Richey and the Rev. Dwight Edwards officiating. Burial was in College Station Cemetery. Mr. Clayton was born August 22, 1957, in Gilmer, and was a graduate of Paul H. Pewitt High School at Omaha-Naples. He was chief pharmacist and co-owner of the Pharmacy Shop in Bryan, and a member of Grace Bible Church. Survivors include his wife, Deborah Clayton of College Station; two sons, Charlton F Clayton and Robert Patrick Clayton of College Station; a daughter, Brianne E Clatyon of College Station; his parents, Reita Joyce and Robert Frank Clayton of Omaha; two sisters, Frankie Clayton Jarrell of Paris, and Nancy Clayton Jackson of Ogden, Utah; and his mother-in-law, Helen King of College Station.  Memorial may be made to the American Diabetes Association, to Scotty's House in Bryan, or the Concord Church at Omaha.

Coker, Susie Loraine Lyster

COKER, SUSIE LORAINE LYSTER                                                             May 6, 1906 – April 27, 1996

SUSIE LORAINE LYSTER COKER, 89, of Naples, died Saturday, April 27, 1996, at Wadley Medical Center in Texarkana.  Funeral services were at 3 pm, Tuesday, April 30, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Tommy Weems and the Rev. Trey Roberson officiating.  Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery near Naples, under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mrs. Coker was born in Cass County May 6, 1906.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Naples Garden Club.  She was a lifetime resident of the Naples area and was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Coker, and a grandson, Rick Coker.  Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Louise Coker of Texarkana, and Jack and Pat Coker of Texarkana; two grandsons, Jack Coker III of Austin, and Mike Coker of Tyler; five great-grandchildren, Jack Coker IV of Austin, Neely Coker of Austin, Holly Coker of Texarkana, Lindsey Coker of Texarkana and Hartley Coker of Tyler; one nephew, Paul G. Lyster of Naples; and one niece, Annie Lou Ballard of Kilgore.  Serving as pallbearers were Dr. James S. Leeves, Lee Roy Franklin, Bill Henderson, Raymond Garrett, Bill Watson and Billy M. Ellis. (NE Row 3)

Coleman, Wanda

WANDA COLEMAN, 37, of Denton, formerly of Daingerfield, died Friday, December 22, 1996.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Sunday, December 24, at the Reeder-Davis Funeral Home Chapel in Hughes Springs.  Burial was in the County Line Cemetery.  Ms. Coleman was born August 31, 1958, in Ansbach, Germany, and was affiliated with the Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her father, James (Buster) Coleman in 1989.  Survivors include her mother, Linda Coleman of Daingerfield; and three brothers, Ronnie Coleman of Naples, Jimmy Coleman of Daingerfield, and Doug Coleman of Frisco, TX.  Serving as pallbearers were David Brock, Wesley Brock, Bobby Brock, Gary Brock, Mike Cobb, Richard Cobb; Ricky Coleman and Romel Coleman. (Row 4)

Collins, Florine

COLLINS, FLORINE                                                                                       February 28, 1914 – October 26, 1996

Florine Collins, 82, of Naples, died Saturday, October 26, 1996, at Redbud Retreat Nursing Home in Naples.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Thursday, October 31, at Norris S. Currey CME Church of Naples.  Burial was in the Morning Star Cemetery at Naples.  Miss Collins was born February 28, 1914, in Morris County.  She was a homemaker and member of the Methodist Church.  Survivors include a sister, Christene Johns of Houston; three nephews and nieces-in-law, Nathaniel and Delores Collins Jr., of Texarkana, Hobart P. and Yvonne Collins of Hampton, VA, and Patrick M. and Lee Ann Collins of Naples; three nieces and nephews-in-law, Mary E. and Dewey Moss of Detroit, MI, Sara and Richard Washington of Corsicana, and Raydonna and Lester Hall of Waco; a brother-in-law, Willie McCann of Houston; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Collins of Naples; and a host of cousins and friends.  (At Ravine)

Connor, William

William A. Connor, 82, of Daingerfield, died on Saturday, April 28, 1996, at a Longview, Texas, hospital.  Services were at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the First United Methodist Church, in Daingerfield, with the Rev. Curtis Grissett and Rev. Lynn Parker officiating.  Burial was in the Connor Section of the Daingerfield City Cemetery.  Mr. Connor was born on June 5, 1913, in Daingerfield.  He had worked in the family-owned Connor Brothers store, was past operator of a feed store, a rancher, former fire chief of the Daingerfield Volunteer Fire Department, former director of the National Bank of Daingerfield, a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served as chairman of the finance committee, first president of the Beaverbrook Country Club, a charter member of the Daingerfield Lions Club, a member of the Morris County Cattleman’s Association, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Scottish Rite, Hella Temple, Dallas, and Oasis Lodge 79, Daingerfield, and was named Daingerfield Citizen of the Year in 1980.  Survivors include his wife, Lucille Connor of Daingerfield; three daughters and two sons-in-laws,  Carolyn Adkins of Daingerfield, Ann and James Butcher of Sachse, Texas, and Betty and David Mullis of Sunderland, Maryland; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  (Connor Sec A Row 12)

Daniels, Beverly Pearl

DANIELS, BEVERLY PEARL                                                                      January 28, 1942 – April 18, 1996

BEVERLY PEARL DANIELS, 54, of Mt. Pleasant, died Thursday, April 18, 1996 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.  Funeral services were at noon Tuesday, April 23, at the Union Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. F. E. Hargraves officiating.  Interment was in the Morning Star Cemetery at Naples.  Ms. Daniels was born January 28, 1942, to Mary K. Petty and Pleas Daniels.  She was first a member of the Cottrell Chapel CME Church of Naples, and then with Union Chapel Baptist Church where she served as a member of the senior choir.  She graduated from George Washington Carver High School at Omaha-Naples, attended East Texas State University, Texarkana Community College and Northeast Texas Community College.  She was employed with the Mt. Pleasant School District where she was a paraprofessional and a bus driver.  She is survived by three children and their spouses, LaTonya and Raymond Ellis St., of Cason, Wesley and Anissa Turner, and Jackie Johnson, all of Pittsburg; four grandchildren, Durron W. Turner, Brandi Green, Raymond Ellis Jr., and Malik Ellis; her mther and stepfather, Mary K. and B. J. Boyd of Naples; sisters, Linda Kelly of Omaha, Joyce Boyd of Mesquite, and Stephanie Boyd of Naples; two brothers, Bobby and Ray Daniels, both of Texarkana; a grandmother, Ella Mae Armstrong of Naples; an aunt, Willie Pearl Boyd of Naples; a Godsister, Gloria Mitchell; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends. (Section C Left; South Side)

Doolittle, Austin Jr.

DOOLITTLE, AUSTIN JR.                                                                         October 13, 1909 – February 5, 1996

Austin Doolittle Jr., 86, of Daingerfield, formerly of Naples, died Monday, February 5, at the Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Friday, January 9, at the Nail-Haggard Funeral Home Chapel in Daingerfield, with the Rev. Ted White and the Rev. Lynn Parker officiating.  Burial was in the Ore City Cemetery.  Mr. Doolittle was born October 13, 1909, in Joaquin, Texas.  He received his early education in Livingston and was a graduate of North Texas State University with a degree in music.  He had served as the band director at Naples High School and organized the first band at Spring Hill High School in Longview.  He joined the Cotton Belt Railroad as a telegrapher and dispatcher at the outbreak of World War II, and retired as an agent in 1975.  He was a Methodist and had served as choir director for Methodist Churches in Texarkana, Daingerfield, Kerens, Ore City, and several others.  He also loved and sang ‘barbershop quartet’ music.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; a brother; and wives Alice Dickerson Doolittle, Clyde Brock Doolittle and Buna ‘Jimmie’ Lyles Doolittle.  Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Alice and Lowell Youngblood of Daingerfield; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Austin III and Dorothy Doolittle of Knoxville, TX., Johnny Doolittle of Texarkana, and Guy B. Holt Jr., of Shreveport, La.; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Juanita Doolittle of Onalaska, TX; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Emma Jean and John Schmidt of Huntsville, and Laverne and Warren Standerford of Kingsland; four grandchildren, Melody Pittman, Monique Scott and Jamey Youngblood, all of Daingerfield; Kacie Doolittle of Texarkana; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Eatherly, Olen L. Olen L. Eatherly, 78,  of Alexandria, LA., died Friday, December 13, 1996.  Grave-side services were at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15,  at the Concord Cemetery at Omaha, with the Rev. Howard Turner officiating.  Services were under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Naples.  Mr. Eatherly was born October 30, 1918.  He was a veteran of World War II, a truck driver,  and a former resident of Omaha.  Survivors include two sons, Jerrell Eatherly of Mt. Pleasant, and Curtiss Ray Eatherly of Alexandria, LA; three daughters, Carmeletta Dailey of Winfield and Marlene Fontana and Phyllis Olene McNeely both of Pineville, LA; one brother Obie Eatherly of Salem, OR; one sister Dovie Nunnely of Ada, OK; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Elrod, Buster

ELROD, BUSTER                                                                                           May 14, 1916 – March 11, 1996

Buster, Elrod, 79, of Naples, died Monday, March 11, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, following a sudden illness.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Wednesday, March 13, at the First Baptist Church in Naples, with the Rev. Bill Harty and the Rev. Victor Elrod officiating.  Burial was in the Cornett Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mr. Elrod was born May 14, 1916, in Center, Alabama.  He was a retired employee of Lone Star Steel and a longtime resident of the Naples area.  Survivors include his wife, Pauline Elrod of Naples; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Pat Elrod of Hughes Springs; one brother, Louis Elrod of Hughes Springs; one sister, Pluma Barrett of Linden; four grandchildren, Lane and Tammy Elrod of Hammond, IN, Marty Elrod of Sheverville, IN, Kenny and Deborah Carwile of Port Neches, and Kristy Carwile of Longview; and two great-grandsons, Jason Elrod of Hammond, IN, and Alex Carwile of Port Neches.  Serving as pallbearers were Jim Berry, Keith Higgins, Dwayne Amerson, Randall Ranes, Elvin Wells, Norman Kemp, Kerry Hicks and Richard Towler.

Fields, Rebecca Ann Blankenship

FIELDS, REBECCA ANN BLANKENSHIP                                                 March 13, 1937 – April 9, 1996

Ann Blankenship Fields, 59, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, April 9, 1996, in Tyler.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Friday, April 12, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. James Knight officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service.  Mrs. Fields was born March 13, 1937, in Cornett.  She was a member of the Cornett Methodist Church and a former resident of Omaha.  Survivors include one son, Wayne Fields, of Irving; a companion, Phillip (Buster) Morehead of Mt. Pleasant; four sisters, Ruth Vaughan of Dallas, Sue Young of Mesquite, Mary Jane Jimerson of Longview, and Linda Pierson of LaPort, TX; three brothers, V. O. (Bill) Blankenship of Waco, Tom Blankenship of Duncanville, and Floyd Blankenship of Redwater; a very special aunt, Ella Blankenship of Mt. Pleasant, and Rebecca Smith of Floydada, TX; and a number of nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford “Dugan” Fields.  Serving as pallbearers were Brian Vaughan, Tim Young, Clyde Morehead, Ben Scaggs, Wayne Minor and Steve Jimerson.   (G Row 14)

Franklin, Lee Roy

FRANKLIN, LEE ROY                                                                                    October 14, 1922 – June 10, 1996

Lee Roy Franklin, 73, of Naples, died Monday, June 10, at the Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were at 6:30 pm, Thursday, June 13, at the First Baptist Church in Naples, with the Rev. Trey Roberson, the Rev. Earl Taylor, the Rev. Bob Pearce and the Rev. Tommy Weems officiating.  Burial was in the Naples Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Naples.  Born October 14, 1922 in Naples, Mr. Franklin was a retired employee of Lone Star Steel Company, a member of the First Baptist Church, a veteran of World War II, a member of the Belden Masonic Lodge, a member of the University of Texas Alumni Association, and a lifetime resident of Naples.  Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Franklin of Naples; two sons, Ronald Lee Franklin of Dallas, and Thomas Arden Franklin of Los Angeles, CA; one sister, Gwen Brock of Naples; four nieces; one nephew; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.  Serving as pallbearers were Bill Henderson, Morgan Hampton, Richard Towler, Jack Coker, Tommy Coker and Dr. James S. Leeves.  Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the First Baptist Church of Naples. (B Row 15)

Gamble, T. R.

GAMBLE, T. R.                                                                                                September 28, 1907 – July 11, 1996

T. R. (Coot) Gamble, 88, of Naples, died Thursday, July 11, 1996, at the Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Monday, July 15, at the Union Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. F. E. Hargraves officiating.  Burial was in Paradise Cemetery.  Mr. Gamble was born September 28, 1907, in Omaha.  He was a steelworker for Lone Star Steel and a member and deacon of the Union Chapel Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Erma Gamble of Naples; two sons, Theodore W. Gamble and George A. Gamble, both of Omaha; two daughters, Janie C. Turner of Dallas, and Jewel P. Brazier of Walnut, CA; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  (Row 8)

Gilpin, William H.

GILPIN, WILLIAM H                                                                                       February 20, 1925 – August 13, 1996 

William H. (Bill) Gilpin, 71, of  Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, August 13, 1996, at his home.  Funeral services were at 10 am, Friday, August 16, at Bates0Ciioer0Weens0Robison Funeral Home Chapel in Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Frank Stringham officiating.  Burial was in the Naples Cemetery at Naples.  Mr. Gilpin was born Friday, February 20, 1925, in Omaha, to Mary Irene McIntosh Gilpin and Charles Earl Gilpin.  He was a member of the Dellwood Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, and was a veteran of the Navy.  He was an auto mechanic.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Kim Miller; a brother, Richard Gilpin; and a son-in-law, Harold Collins.  Survivors include his wife, Kay Martin Gilpin of Mt. Pleasant; four sons, William Shane Gilpin, Paul Brandon Gilpin and Emmanuel Joel Gilpin, all of Mt. Pleasant, and Quinten Miller of Nacogdoches; three daughters, Sharon Kay Watkins, Deborah Freeman and Skyla Holliday, all of Mt. Pleasant; one sister, Sybil Sinclair of Huntsville, AL; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  (A Row 21)

Goodwin, Dorris Walls

GOODWIN, DORRIS WALLS                                                                          February 9, 1911 -- October 27, 1996

Dorris Walls Goodwin, of Longview, died Sunday, October 27, 1996, at a Longview nursing home.  Funeral services were at 10 am, Wednesday, October 30, at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Longview, with the Rev. Bill Cunningham officiating.  Interment  was at 1 pm, in the Naples Cemetery.  Mrs. Goodwin was born in Naples, and moved to Longview in 1958 from Clarksville.  She retired from Texas Furniture Company after eight years.  Mrs. Goodwin was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Longview, where she was a member of the Forum Sunday School class, and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star #610.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ed Walls and Gordon Goodwin.  Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Reba Walls of Weatherford, and Donald and Wanda Walls of Longview; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Mildred and Howard Evans of Longview, Peggy Atteberry of Longview and Thelma Beauchamp of Naples; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Hart, James H.

HART, JAMES H                                                                                                August 20, 1920 – January 1, 1996

James H Hart, Sr., 75, of Daingerfield, died Monday, January 1, 1996, in Daingerfield.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Wednesday, January 3, at the First Baptist Church in Daingerfield with the Rev. John Stone and the Rev. Norman Crisp officiating.  Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery near Rocky Branch.  Mr. Hart was born August 20, 1920, in Morris County.  He was retired from General Dynamics, a member of the First Baptist Church of Daingerfield, and a World War II S/Sgt Army veteran.  Survivors include his wife, Frances Tigert Hart of Daingerfield; four sons, Gerry Hart of Jefferson, Terry Hart of Houston, and Harold Hart and Jamie Hart of Daingerfield; one daughter, Phyllis DiMaria of Atlanta, GA; and five grandchildren. (SE Row 6)

Hawkins, Cleve

HAWKINS, CLEVE                                                                                             July 23, 1919 – December 23, 1996

Cleve Hawkins, 77, of Omaha, died Monday, December 23, 1996, at Elmwood Nursing Home in Omaha.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Tuesday, December 24, at the First Baptist Church in Omaha, with the Rev. Neal Thornburgh officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery under the directions of Alexander Funeral Home of Naples.  Mr. Hawkins was born July 23, 1919, in Omaha.  He was a rancher, a Lone Star Steel Company retiree, and a member of the First Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Eula Hawkins of Omaha; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nanci and C. W. Forsyth of Omaha, and Linda and Larry Strube of Pittsburg; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Ann Hawkins of Omaha, and Rex and Pam Hawkins of Pittsburg; two sisters, Hattie Peek and Nina Sosbee, both of Omaha; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  (E Row 8)

Hawkins, Doris Wilson

HAWKINS, DORIS WILSON                                                                             June 5, 1924 – June 18, 1996

Mrs. Doris Wilson Hawkins, 72, of Naples, died Tuesday, June 18, 1996, at Horizon Living Center in Mt. Pleasant, following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were at 10 am, Friday, June 21, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. James Henkle and the Rev. Nolan Richey officiating.  Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery near Naples.  Mrs. Hawkins was born June 5, 1924, in Hughes Springs.  She was retired from Day & Zimmerman and was a member of the Rocky Branch Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Milton Hawkins, and a daughter, Nelda Jean.  Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Ennis and Kay Hawkins of Huntsville, and James and Brenda Hawkins of Austin; two daughters and one son-in-law, Virginia James of Omaha, and Nancy and Bobby Abston of Naples; a sister, R. V. Wallace of Hughes Springs; and nine grandchildren, Don and Kelly Hawkins, and Brian and Sandy Hawkins, all of Houston, Davis Hawkins of Huntsville, Jeremy Abston, Crystal Abston, Lara Abston and Jeffry Abston, all of Naples, and Emily James and Richard Hawkins, both of Austin.  (NE Row 3)

Hill, Johnny Lee Jr.

HILL, JOHNNY LEE, JR                                                                                    May 5, 1978 – April 19, 1996

JOHNNY HILL, JR., 17, of Hughes Springs, died Friday, April 19, 1996, at a Hughes Springs nursing home.  Graveside services were at 2 pm, Tuesday, April 23, at the Morning Star Cemetery with the Rev. W. F. Warren officiating.  Johnny Lee was born May 5, 1978, in Naples.  Survivors include his parents, Lorietta Hill of Naples, and Johnny Carpenter of Dallas; two brothers, Adarryl Hill and Mark Hill, both of Naples; a sister, LaTecia Hill of Naples; his grandfather, Johnny Carpenter of Farmersville; and two grandmothers, Mattie Richmond and Polly Carpenter, both of Naples.  (Sec C, L of S Side)

Hill, Morris

HILL, MORRIS, REV.                                                                                        August 6, 1906 – August 19, 1996

Rev. Morris Hill, 90, of Henderson, TX, formerly of Sulphur Springs, died Monday, August 19, 1996, at Southwood Convalescent Center in Henderson.  Funeral services were at 4 pm, Tuesday, August 20, at Trinity Baptist Church in Henderson, and at 10 am, Wednesday, August 21, at the Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs, with the Rev. Maurice Hill officiating.  Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park in Sulphur Springs.  Serving as pallbearers were nephews and deacons of Trinity Baptist Church.  The Rev. Hill was born August 6, 1906, in Winnsboro to Benjamin and Teresa Greer Hill. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Kennedy Hill, whom he wed December 22, 1938, in Greenville.  She died in 1987.  He was also preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.  Mr. Hill was a retired preacher and had served for a number of years as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Naples.  He had also served pastorates at Martin Springs, Union, Yantis, Rockwall and Atlanta.  At the time of his death, he was affiliated with Trinity Baptist Church in Henderson.  Survivors include one son, the Rev. Maurice Hill of Henderson; and two grandsons, Mike Hill of Flower Mound, and Mark Hill of Saginaw.

Houston, A. J.

HOUSTON, A. J.                                                                                               April 10, 1911 – April 28, 1996

A. J. HOUSTON, 85, of Naples, died Sunday, April 28, 1996, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.  Services were at 2 pm, Wednesday, May 1, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Bill Harty officiating.  Burial was in the Bradfield Chapel Cemetery.  Mr. Houston was born on April 10, 1911, in Cornett.  He was a farmer, and retired from the Paul Pewitt Independent School District and a member of the Belden Masonic Lodge of Naples.  Survivors include one nephew, J. C. Hampton of Naples; one niece, Jolean Morrison of Houston, TX; and a number of cousins. (Row 11)

Ingram, Truitt

INGRAM, TRUITT                                                                                           November 19, 1925 – December 27, 1996

Truitt Ingram, a former basketball coach and teacher at Paul H. Pewitt High School, died Friday, December 27, 1996, at Quitman following a brief illness.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Sunday, December 29, at the First Baptist Church in Quitman, with the Rev. Tommy Ham and the Rev. Arlis Banks officiating.  Burial was in the Clover Hill Cemetery in Wood County.    Mr. Ingram, 71, was born November 19, 1925, in Wood County, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Quitman.  He was a native of Wood County, a graduate of East Texas State University in Commerce, and he held both a bachelor’s and masters degree.  He retired after a 35-year career in public education.  During that time, he served as principal of Commerce High School and Texas Senior High School at Texarkana.  He was superintendent at Atlanta from 1960 to 1969, and served as superintendent at Marshall from 1969 to 1984 where he retired.  He was a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, the National Education Association of School Administrators, the East Texas School Men’s Club, the Northeast Texas Educator’s Club, and the Texas State Teachers Association.  He served as president of District VIII for TSTA.  He was active in the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, had served as chairman of the Caddo District Boy Scouts of America, and was vice president of the East Texas Area Council of Boy Scouts.  He had been awarded the Silver Beaver Award in Scouting.  He had lived in Quitman the past four years.  Serving as pallbearers were Donald Dawson, Norris, Tanton, Orville Hurley, George Cullum, Richard Miller, Jim Atchley, Roy Chadwick and Don Phillips.  Honorary pallbearers were members of the Joseph Sunday School Class.

Jackson, Iowa

JACKSON, IOWA                                                                                                 August 12, 1901 – July 1, 1996

Iowa Jackson, 94, of Naples, died Monday, July 1, 1996, at Elmwood Nursing Home in Omaha.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Saturday, July 6, at the Norris S. Curry CME Church in Naples, with the Rev. R. A. Lewis officiating.  Burial was in the Morning Star Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.  Mrs. Jackson was born August 12, 1901, in Jefferson.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Norris S Curry CME Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Moody Jackson.  Survivors include one son, Leroy Jackson of Oakland, CA; two daughters, Lola Reed and Katherine Bowles, both of Naples; seven grandchildren, Waola Turner and Margie Hardiman of Naples, Wayne Robinson of Alameda, CA, Melvin Robinson of Omaha, Dorothy Johnson of Chicago, and Sophia Jackson and Sondra Jackson, both of Oakland, CA; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.  (Sec C Left S Side)

Jones, Henry Lee

JONES, HENRY LEE                                                                                         July 20, 1943 – June 4, 1996

Henry Lee Jones, 52, died Tuesday, June 4, at his home.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Saturday, June 8, at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Daingerfield with the Rev. Willie Searcy officiating.  Burial was in the Whitmore Cemetery.  Mr. Jones was born July 20, 1943, in Daingerfield and was employed by the Whirlpool Corporation.  Survivors include his mother, Eva Mae Jones of Daingerfield; three daughters, Chasity Jones and Angela Jones, both of Dallas, and Thelma Rogers of Mt. Pleasant; three sons, Melvin Traylor and Lee McMillian, both of Greenville, and Richard Brown of Seattle, WA; three sisters, Verna Lee Smith and Willie Mae Jones, both of Daingerfield, and Vernell Leeper of Stamps, AR; two brothers, M. J. Jones Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD, and Hershel Hughes of Daingerfield; three aunts, Louella Cannon and Jessie Ruth Austin, both of Daingerfield, and Bessie Faye King of Cason; two uncles, Cecil Gilstrap of Tulsa, OK, and John Carpenter of CA; thirteen grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.  (Row 5)

Jones, Merrell Allen "Sambo"

JONES, MERRELL ALLEN (SAMBO)                                                           August 8, 1912 – April 20, 1996

MERRELL ALLEN (SAMBO) JONES, 83, of Omaha, died Saturday, April 20, 1996, at his home. Funeral services were at 2 pm, Monday, April 22, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Bill Harty officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery.  Mr. Jones was born August 8, 1912, in Rocky Branch.  He was retired from Red River Army Depot and was also a retired school bus driver for the Paul H Pewitt Independent School District.  He was a veteran of World War II and was preceded in death by his wife, Vista Jones, and a son, William Jones.  Survivors include one son, Morris Jones of Omaha; one daughter, Hassie Barnett of Omaha; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.  (C Row 28)

Jones, Sallie Tigert

JONES, SALLIE TIGERT                                                                                August 3, 1905 – April 8, 1996

SALLIE TIGERT JONES, formerly of Vivian, LA, died Monday, April 8, 1996, in Oklahoma City, OK. A memorial service for Mrs. Jones will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 14, at the First Baptist Church of Vivian. Mrs. Jones was born at Rocky Branch near Naples, where she grew up and married within the local church community.  Her parents were the late Albina Conly and Oliver Tigert.  She is survived by her sisters, Frances Hart and Lizzie Lee Jennings, and a brother, Leonard Tigert, all of Texas; two daughters, Sara Loyd and Betty Harris; her son-in-law, Ken Harris; her six grandchildren, Randy Loyd, Mike Loyd, Doug Loyd, Kathy Harris Wilson, Rick Harris and Rob Harris; and her six great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Andrew, Megan, Taylor, Blake and Rachel.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Jones, and by her son, James Robert (Sonny) Jones. She moved away from Texas to Vivian in 1944 and lived there for 50 years. spending the last years of her life with her daughters, first in Gonzales, LA, with Sara, and then in Oklahoma City with Betty.  She was active member of the First Baptist Church of Vivian, a hard-working, devoted mother and a loving grandmother. (OS Row 8)

Justiss, Lloyd G.

JUSTISS, LLOYD G                                                                                         August 31, 1920 – December 23, 1996

LLOYD G. JUSTISS, 75, of Daingerfield, died Saturday, December 23, 1996.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Tuesday, December 26, at the Daingerfield Church of Christ with Norman Miller and Tim Gibbs officiating.  Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery near Rocky Branch.  Mr. Justiss was born August 31, 1920, in Morris County.  He was owner of Justiss Farms, Inc., and a member of the Daingerfield Church of Christ.  Survivors include his wife, Mary Justiss of Daingerfield; two sons, David Justiss of Daingerfield and Steven Justiss of Austin; three daughters, Joy Edwards of Searcy, AR, Jean Wall of Daingerfield, and Judy Brown of Grand Prairie; four brothers, Adron Justiss and C. Y. Justiss of Daingerfield, Morris Justiss of Mt. Pleasant, and Howard Justiss of Nashville, TN; two sisters, Bessie Cason of Atlanta, and Edna Kennedy of Daingerfield; nine grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. (SE Row 4)

King, Winfred Charles

KING, WINFRED CHARLES                                                                         July 30, 1948 – October 4, 1996

Winfred Charles King, 48, of Naples, died Friday, October 4, 1996, at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.  Funeral services were at 1 pm, Wednesday, October 9, at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Naples, with the Rev. John Smith and the Rev. W. F. Warren officiating.  Mr. King was born July 30, 1948, and was a graduate of Carver High School at Naples.  He was a member of the Baptist Church, and a veteran.  Survivors include one son, Tracy King of New York; and four sisters, Bessie mae Dacus of Dallas, Debra Jean Porter of Longview, Gina Warolynn Blake of Los Angeles, and Wanda Ruth Daniels of Fort Worth.  Serving as pallbearers were Johnny Thomas, James Thomas, George Murphy, Michael Lovelace, Connie Jones and Melvin Robinson Jr.  (D Right Side)

Lakey, Billy Earl

LAKEY, BILLY EARL                                                                                      January 30, 1930 – June 25, 1996

Bill Lakey, 66, of Omaha, died Tuesday, June 25, 1996, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, after a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were at 10 am, Thursday, June 27, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples with the Rev. Clint David and the Rev. Janet Blackburn officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery.  Mr. Lakey was born January 30, 1930, in Port Arthur, TX.  He was an employee of the East Texas Clinic at Naples, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, and the International Society of Clinical Laboratory Technologists.  Survivors include his wife, Peggy Lakey of Omaha; one son, Philip Lakey of Irving; two daughters, Kim Davis of Mt. Pleasant, and Beth Wommack of Naples; one brother, Larry Lakey of Arlington; two sisters, Barbara Stringer of Omaha, and Ruth McClennan of Bryan; and seven grandchildren.  (J Row 4)

Leeves, Ruby Neal

LEEVES, RUBY NEAL                                                                                     December 13, 1908 – February 9, 1996

Mrs. Ruby Neal Leeves, 87, of Naples, died Friday, February 9, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview.  Funeral services were at 3 pm, Sunday, February 11, at the First Baptist Church of Naples, with the Rev. Trey Roberson officiating.  Interment was at 10 am, Monday, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Texarkana.  Mrs. Leeves was born December 13, 1908, at Bryans Mill.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Leeves.  Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Frankie Leeves of Hughes Springs; one grandson and wife, Neal and Barbara Leeves of Hughes Springs; one great-granddaughter, Katy Leeves of Hughes Springs; and a number of nieces and nephews.  Serving as pallbearers were deacons of the First Baptist Church of Naples.

Love, Jessie "Bounce" Jessie "Bounce" Love, 71, of Omaha died Monday, September 30, 1996 at East Texas Medical Center in "Tyler, TX.   Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, 1996 at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples with Rev. Bill Harty officiating.  Burial was in the Concord Cemetery at Omaha.  Mr. Love was born October 12, 1924 at Cuthand, Texas.  He was a truck driver for Brown's Plant Farms, a veteran of World War II and a lifetime resident of Omaha.  Survivors include two brothers, E. L. "Kit" Love of Mt. Pleasant and Howard Love of Houston; and a number of other relatives and friends.  Serving a pallbearers were Jerry Davis, James Laney, Carl Davis, Jimmy Brown, Gene Love and Marshall Page.
Lovelace, Theodus "Ted"

LOVELACE, THEODUS “TED”                                                                       June 21, 1933 – December 3, 1996

Theodus (Ted) Lovelace, 63, of Los Angeles, CA, died Tuesday, December 3, 1996, in a Los Angeles hospital.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Tuesday, December 10, at the Union Chapel Baptist Church of Omaha, with the Rev. F. E. Hargraves officiating.  Burial was in the Paradise Cemetery at Omaha.  Mr. Lovelace was born June 21, 1933, in Naples.  He was employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda, CA; was a member of the Union Chapel Baptist Church, and was retired from the US Air Force.  Survivors include his wife, Martha Shepherd Lovelace of Los Angeles; one son, Theodus (T.J.) Mark Lovelace Jr., of Los Angeles; one brother and sister-in-law, Curtis and Ruby Lovelace of Greenville; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Molly Handy of Omaha, and Ludie and Elbert Dillahunty of Greenville.  (Row 10)

Martin, Frances Catherine

MARTIN, FRANCES CARTHERINE                                                              April 27, 1920 – July 24, 1996

Frances Catherine Martin, 76, of Omaha, died Wednesday, July 24, 1996, at her residence.  Funeral services were at 3 pm, Saturday, July 27, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with Jerry Sykes as the officiating minister.  Interment was at the Ragland Cemetery.  Mrs. Martin was born April 27, 1920, in Tennessee Colony, TX.  Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and James Farrow of Frankston, TX; three sons, Ben Sykes and Jerry Sykes, both of Overland Park, KS, and Tim Sykes of Converse, LA; three sisters, Gladys Hampton of Arlington, Grace Gladden of Point Blank, TX, and Shirley Calloway of Palestine, TX; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. (Row 1)

Martin, Odessie

MARTIN, ODESSIE                                                                                           June 3, 1911 – March 29, 1996

Odessie Martin, 84, of Daingerfield, died Friday, March 29, 1996, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.  Funeral services were at 10 am, Friday, April 5, at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Naples, with the Rev. Thomas Hood officiating.  Burial was in the Morning Star Cemetery at Naples, under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.  Mrs. Martin was born June 3, 1911, in Daingerfield.  She was a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church of Naples, and had worked as a maid in private homes.  She was preceded in death by her husband, J. P. Martin Jr.; a son, Roy Martin; and a daughter, Virgie Martin.  Survivors include eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren along with a number of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.  ( Marker has born March 6, 1911.) (At Ravine)

McCollum, M. W. "Red"

MCCOLLUM, M. W. (RED)                                                                              May 29, 1920 – March 16, 1996

M W (Red) McCOLLUM, 75, of Naples, died Saturday, March 16, 1996, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, after a brief illness.  Funeral services were at 2:30 pm, Sunday, March 17, at the First Baptist Church in Naples with the Rev. Bob Pearce, and the Rev. Trey Robinson officiating. Burial was at the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples. Mr. McCollum was born May 29, 1920, in Omaha, Texas. He was a carpenter and a building contractor, and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lucy McCollum of Naples; one son and daughter-in-law, Reggie and Lisa McCollum of Midland; one sister and brother-in-law, Leilyn and Nolan Young of Longview; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Wade McCollum of Kilgore; a grandson, Kyle McCollum of Midland; two granddaughters, Kodi Walker and Kaci Walker, both of Midland; and a number of nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers were Fred Holcomb, Jim Brown, Randall Ranes, John Paul Vissering, Jim Berry and J. W. Garrett. (G Row 2)

McKay, Robert R. "Pete"

MCKAY, ROBERT R (PETE)                                                                         June 23, 1928 – August 19, 1996

Services for Robert R “Pete” McKay, 68 of Daingerfield will be 10 AM Thursday at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Daingerfield with Father Fidelis Levri officiating.  A rosary will be recited at 7 tonight at the Nail-Haggard Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be in Our Lady of the Pines Cemetery in Daingerfield.  Mr. McKay died Monday in Mount Pleasant.  He was born June 23, 1928 in Aliquippa, PA.  He married Marie Carney on Oct  7, 1946, and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.  He had retired from Lone Star Steel where he was a supervisor.  Mr. McKay also was a member of the Men’s Club at his Church, the Wildflower Promenader Square Dance Club and the Oasis Lodge No. 79, where he was a Mason.  Survivors include his wife, Marie; two daughters, Bonnie Lou Hausler of  Boxelder, Jodee Squyres of Mount Pleasant; son, Bobby McKay of Daingerfield; brother, Archie B “Ozzie” McKay, Jr of Daingerfield; three sisters, Betty Fair of Daingerfield, Mildred Lewis of Hubbard, Ohio and Ruth Baker of Youngstown, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  (Sec A Row 9)

McMichael, Rena Mae

Rena Mae McMichael, 92, of Texarkana, formerly of Daingerfield, were Thursday, October 17, 1996, at the County Line Baptist Church with the Rev. G. R. Dickerson officiating.  Mrs. McMichael died October 14, in a Texarkana nursing home.  She was born October 11, 1904, in Redwater and was a lifelong member of the County Line Baptist Church.  She was a charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, was a graduate of ETSU at Commerce with a masters degree in education, and she taught school for 44 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Eley Griffin McMichael on August 16, 1986.  Survivors include three nieces, Sandra Jo Forsyth of Rocky Branch, Pam Gibson of Laughlin, NV, and Morgan Anderson of St. Francisville, LA; three nephews, Robert McGee of New Boston, Tom Anderson of Scottsdale, AZ, and Thomas McGee of Texarkana; a sister-in-law, Mary Smith of Great Falls, MT; several great-nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.  (Row 25)

Mitchell, O. Z.

MITCHELL, O. Z.                                                                                                August 22, 1910 -- December 16, 1996

O. Z. Mitchell, 86, of Omaha, died Thursday, December 26, 1996, at Windsor Place Nursing Home in Daingerfield.  Funeral services were at 1 pm, Saturday, December 28, at the Mt. Mitchell Church of Christ near Omaha, with Bro. Joe Rivers officiating.  Burial was in the  Shady Grove Cemetery (Titus Co.) at Cason, TX, under the direction of Turner Brothers Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant.  Mr. Mitchell, a former teacher and administrator at Carver School at Naples-Omaha, was involved in public education as a teacher for 41 years.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ella Mitchell of Omaha; one son, Paul Mitchell; two daughters, Janice Heath and Chandra Roney; two sons-in-law, Alton Heath and Carl Roney; and seven grandchildren.

Mitchell, Rheuben

MITCHELL, RHEUBEN                                                                                      September 15, 1918 – June 20, 1996

Rheuben Mitchell, 77, of Daingerfield, died Thursday, June 20, 1996, in a Dallas hospital.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Wednesday, June 26, at the Mt. Zion, CME Church in Daingerfield, with the Rev. R. L. Simmons Jr., officiating.  Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery near Naples.  Mr. Mitchell was born September, 15, 1918 at Daingerfield.  He was a retired equipment operator, a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Mt. Zion CME Church.  Survivors include a son, Garland Cannon of Garland, TX; a brother, Charles Mitchell of Fresno, CA; and three sisters, Essie Lena Bogan of Mt. Pleasant, Ersulene Hurndon of Daingerfield, and Earnestine Younger of Naples.  (BL Row 12)

Mitchell, Windell

MITCHELL, WINDELL                                                                                      1918 – May 5, 1996

Windell William Mitchell of Daingerfield, died Sunday, May 5, at his home.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Saturday, May 11, at the Mt. Zion CME Church with the Rev. R. A. Lewis officiating.  Burial was in the Whitmore Cemetery.  Mr. Mitchell was born in Daingerfield and was an employee of Red River Army Depot.  He was a member and Sunday school teacher of the Mt. Zion CME Church.  Survivors include his wife, Clyde Mitchell of Daingerfield; three sons, Mark Mitchell of Hawaii, Bobby Mitchell of Daingerfield, and Al Mitchell of Linden; two daughters, Narcissie Johnson of Omaha, and Hattie Holloman of Naples. (Row 13)

Montgomery, Warren

MONTGOMERY, WARREN                                                                             June 8, 1900 – January 17, 1996

WARREN MONTGOMERY, 95, of Omaha, died Wednesday, January 17, 1996, at a Tyler hospital.  Funeral services were Saturday, January 20, at 11 am, at the Reeder-Davis Chapel in Hughes Springs, with the Rev. Douglas Howe officiating.  Burial was in Rivers Cemetery at Daingerfield.  Mr. Montgomery was born June 8, 1900 in Morris County.  He was retired from Lone Star Steel Company.  Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Montgomery of Omaha; three sons, Willie Evans, Winford Montgomery, and Bobby Montgomery, all of Dallas; four daughters, Cathern Chambers of Phoenix, AZ., Myrtle Williams and Rosie Davis of Dallas, and Anna P. Jones of Tulsa, OK; two sisters, Emma Tarvin and Tulious Montgomery, both of Naples; 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  (Row 1)

Nance, Mary Ceil Turner Mary Ceil  (Turner)  Nance, 76, of Omaha, died Tuesday, June 18, 1996 in a Texarkana hospital.  Funeral services were at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the First Baptist Church in Omaha with the Rev. Neal Thornburgh officiating.  Burial was in the Concord Cemetery near Omaha under the direction of the Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mrs. Nance was born August 19, 1919 in Winnsboro.  She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Omaha where she taught an adult Sunday school class.  Mrs. Nance was an avid quilt maker,  having won numerous awards for quilts entered in area and regional shows.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Alonzo Edward 'Lonnie' Nance, in 1993.  Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Robert Edward Nance of Plano, and Bradley Allen and Dana Nance of Edgewood; one daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Michael Roberts of Chapel Hill, N.C.,  three brothers Clovis Turner of Moody, TX., Leon Turner of Sherman and Finis Turner of Houston; one sister Ruth Bacon of Cooper; special friends, Leslie Minor and O. I. Fink; two grandchildren Robert Scott and LaRee Nance of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Shonna Kay Nance of Russellville, ARK; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.  Serving as pallbearers were Mayborn Gray, Billy Hawkins, Bentley Wright, Bill Atkinson, Keith Higgins and Charles Wommack.  Honorary pallbearers were Clois Hicks and Lester Beasley.  Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.
Osmon, Tony Lynn

OSMON, TONY LYNN                                                                                          September 12, 1967 – August 1, 1996

Tony Lynn Osmon, 28, of Naples, died Thursday, August 1, 1996, of an accidental frowning near Naples.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Saturday, August 3, at Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Jim Palmer officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mr. Osmon was a welder, a Baptist, a graduate of Paul H. Pewitt High School, and a lifetime resident of Morris County.  Survivors include his wife, Janet Osmon of Omaha; one son, Jeremy Osmon of Omaha; his father, Stony Osmon of Naples; two sisters, Rhonda Jan Osmon of Dallas, and Marlena Osmon of Naples; his maternal grandmother, Katherine Charlton of Omaha; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.  Serving as pallbearers were Wendell Frost, Terry McCollum, Doug Cameron, Buddy Joyce, Michael Vissering and Wayne Bryant.  (G Row 11)

Parker, Michael Richard

PARKER, MICHAEL RICHARD                                                                          June 24, 1958 – December 26, 1996

Michael Richard Parker, 38, of Dallas, died Thursday, December 26, 1996, at his home.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Monday, December 30, at the Brown’s Temple CME Church at Omaha, with the Rev. W. L. Houston and the Rev. A. C. Jackson officiating.  Burial was in the Belle Haven Cemetery at Omaha.  Mr. Parker was born June 24, 1958, in Naples.  Survivors include his mother, Ruby Williams of Dallas; two brothers, James Williams and Charles Williams, both of Dallas; and two sisters, Ruby Jo Sibley and Jeffie D. Traylor, both of Dallas. (R of Drive)

Pope, Hautence Redden

POPE, HAUTENCE REDDEN                                                                                July 19, 1918 – December 29, 1996

Hautence (Nannie) Pope, 78, of Omaha, died Sunday, December 29, 1996, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Tuesday, December 31, at the First Baptist Church in Omaha, with the Rev. Neal Thornburgh, the Rev. Andy Andrews and Bro. Jamie Duncan officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Naples.  Mrs. Pope was born July 19, 1918, in Argo, Texas.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star at Omaha, and a longtime resident of Omaha.  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Pope.  Survivors include her husband, Henry Pope of Omaha; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janeta and Jerome Elder of Omaha, and Ruth and David Frost of Douglassville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Teresa Pope of Omaha, and William and Joan Pope of Omaha; two sisters, Hazel Cameron and Euna Gerron, both of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters-in-law, Julia Redden of Arlington, and Lilly Redden of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Serving as pallbearers were Berl Munn, William Tob Wright, Henry Catlett, John Austin Womack, Randall Ranes, Toby Culver and Sam Irving. (I Row 2)

Presley, Gerald M.

PRESLEY, GERALD M                                                                                          October 4, 1939 – December 5, 1996

Gerald M. Presley, 57, of Pine Bluff, AR, died Thursday, December 5, 1996, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Naples, with the Rev. Trey Roberson officiating.  Burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral home Inc., of Naples.  Mr. Presley, born October 4, 1939, in Naples, was a retired employee of Cotton Belt Railroad, a member of the First Baptist Church of Naples, a 1957 graduate of Paul H. Pewitt High School, and had attended East Texas State University in Commerce.  Survivors include his wife, Annette Roach Presley of Pine Bluff; two sons, Hani Hashem of Monticello, AR, and Jody Presley of Pine Bluff; his mother, Mary Presley of Naples; a brother, Bobby Presley of Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Portia Gordon of Nacogdoches; and two grandchildren. (OS Row 6)

Robinson, Allen

ROBINSON, ALLEN                                                                                                July 4, 1912 – January 5, 1996

ALLEN ROBINSON, 83, of Naples, died January 5, 1996, at the Linden Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services were at 11 am, Tuesday, January 9, at the Antioch Baptist Church in Naples, with the Rev. James Boyce officiating.  Burial was in the Morning Star Cemetery at Naples.  Mr. Robinson was born July 4, 1912, at Naples, and was longtime resident of the local area.  Survivors include his wife, Myrtee Robinson of Naples; a sister, Josephine Graham of Los Angeles, CA; two brothers, L. W. Robinson of Oxnard, CA, and Clarence Robinson of Naples; and a host of other relatives and friends. (Sec C, Left, South Side)

Sanders, Jannie L.

SANDERS, JANNIE L                                                                                            June 2, 1916 – June 12, 1996

Jannie L. Sanders, 80, of Naples, died Wednesday, June 12, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.  Funeral services were at 3 pm, Monday, June 17, at the Roberson Temple Church of God in Christ in Omaha with Elder Neotis Roberson officiating.  Burial was in the Morning Star Cemetery at Naples.  Mrs. Sanders was born June 2, 1916, in Omaha.  Survivors include her husband, Mitchell Sanders of Naples; a sister, Mattie Lee Warren of Naples; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.  (At Ravine)

Sexton, N. Don

SEXTON, N DON                                                                                                   March 28, 1929 – May 9, 1996

Don Sexton, 67, of Omaha, died Thursday, May 9, at Titus County Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.  Funeral services were at 3 pm, Monday, May 13, at the First Baptist Church of Omaha, with the Rev. Neal Thornburgh officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mr. Sexton was born March 28, 1929, in Gatesville, TX.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Omaha, and a former resident of Lewisville, TX.  Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Sexton of Omaha; three sons, Terry Don Sexton of Waxahachie, Larry Gene Sexton of Hurst, and David Wayne Sexton of Lewisville; one brother, Billy Carl Sexton of Gatesville; four granddaughters, Krista Sexton of Dallas, Jordin Ruth Sexton of Hurst, and Christina Sexton and Victoria Sexton, both of Lewisville; and two grandsons, Joshua Wade Sexton of Dallas and Harrison Donaly Sexton of Hurst.  Serving as pallbearers were Bill Weaver, Johnny Joyner, Bud Joyner, Toby Culver, Odis Cline and Robert Harvey. (J Row 2 BL 15)

Smith, James C. "Sonny" James C. (Sonny) Smith, 69, of Omaha, died Wednesday, May 1, 1996 at the Temple Care Center in Temple, Texas following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Concord Baptist Church in Omaha, with the Rev. Nolan Richey officiating.  Burial was in the Concord Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mr. Smith, Born August 9, 1926, in Omaha, was a retired rancher and law enforcement officer.  He was a veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Bell County Sheriff's Posse and a longtime resident of Omaha.  Survivors include three daughters, Carol Holston and Linda Holtman, both of Temple, and Jeanne Zander of Brenham; a brother Billy Charles Smith of Omaha; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Smith, Mavis Rivers Haywood Mavis Rivers (Haywood)  Smith, born July 21, 1916, a nurse Mrs. Smith died September 2, 1996, Texarkana, TX.,  burial in Concord Cemetery.  The daughter of Mary Alice (Rivers) and Shirley J. Haywood.   Preceded in death by daughters Judy Haywood and Alice Roberta Haywood; grand-daughter of Oscar J. & Laura J. (Clayton) Rivers.  Survivors include one son  Winston Haywood, Jr., and one daughter Shirley Haywood; grand-children. 
Spencer, M. Leona

SPENCER, M. LEONA                                                                                         May 2, 1907 – September 22, 1996

Leona Spencer, 89, of Naples, died Sunday, September 22, 1996, at Redbud Retreat Nursing Home in Naples.  Funeral services were at 10 am, Wednesday, September 25, at Life Tabernacle in Naples, with the Rev. Jim Palmer and the Rev. Don Couch officiating.  Burial was in the Naples Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Naples.  Mrs. Spencer was born May 2, 1907, at Lake O’ the Pines, TX.  She was a member of Life Tabernacle Church and a lifetime resident of Naples.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Spencer.  Survivors include two step-sons, Carnon Spencer of Lone Star, and Weldon Spencer of Cushing; three step-daughters, Bernice Elliott of Naples, Robbie Dell Spencer of Lake O’ The Pines, and Geraldine Daniels of Pasadena, TX; a number of step-grandchildren and many friends.  (A Row 17)

Talley, Charlie B. Wright Charlie B. (Wright)  Talley,  98,  of  Omaha died Monday,  October 14, 1996 at Mount Pleasant Health Care.  A grave-side service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday October 16,  in the Concord Cemetery at Omaha.  Bro. R. T. Blalock will officiate.   Bates- Cooper- Robison Funeral Home  of Mount Pleasant is in charge of arrangements.    Mrs. Talley was born Tuesday,  January  25, 1898 in Titus County, TX.    Daughter  of William Andrew and Licie Opry Wright,  she was a retired mucic teacher and a member of Omaha First Baptist Church.  She is survived  by  three nephews and four  nieces.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jeff Harvey Talley, three brothers and three sisters.  
Tanner, John Westley

TANNER, JOHN WESTLEY                                                                            September 16, 1923 – July 9, 1996

John Tanner, 72, of Omaha, died Tuesday, July 9, 1996, in Omaha.  Funeral services were at 10 am, Thursday, July 11, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with Dr. Cecil McLeod officiating.  Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery near Omaha.  Mr. Tanner was born September 16, 1923.  He was a member of the Baptist Church, a veteran of World War II, a member of the disabled American Veterans of Foreign Wars, a Mason, and a longtime resident of Omaha.  Survivors include his wife, Betty Tanner of Omaha; three sons, Johnny Tanner, Jerry Tanner and Joe Tanner, all of Denton; one daughter, Joylene Taylor of Denton; two stepsons, Carl Privitt of Grand Prairie, and Mike Privitt of Omaha; a brother, Charlie Tanner of Oak Hill, FL; a sister, Roxie Ware of Marshalville, OH; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

(SW Row 4)

Thigpen, Charles Murray

THIGPEN, CHARLES MURRAY                                                                    October 28, 1942 – January 26, 1996

CHARLES MURRAY THIGPEN, 53, of Greenville, died Friday, January 26, 1996, at his home following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Monday, January 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Daingerfield, with the Rev. Curtis Grissett and the Rev. Lynn Parker officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery  at Omaha, TX.  Born October 28, 1942, he was a former resident of Naples and graduated at Pewitt High School.  He was a member of the Westview Methodist Church in Greenville and he and his wife owned and operated the C&L Paint & Wallpaper Company.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Thigpen, and a daughter, Christina Louise.  Survivors include his wife, Lynn Gunter Thigpen of Greenville; one daughter, Kelly Lynn Thigpen of Greenville; one son, Chesley Beaver III of Greenville; his mother-in-law, Pauline Gunter of Greenville; and his father-in-law and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gunter of Daingerfield; and two aunts, Katherine Welsh of Naples, and Ila Thigpen of Gilmer.  Serving as pallbearers were Wayne Hackney, Bill Spencer, Bill Robison, Tony Littlefield, Bob Scaff and Jerry Mills and an honorary pallbearer, Harold Thomas Connor. (A Row 17)

Thigpen, Thomas A. "Tucker"

THIGPEN, THOMAS A.                                                                                    January 5, 1915 – October 21, 1996

THOMAS A (TUCKER) THIGPEN, 81, of Omaha, died Monday, October 21, 1996, at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.  Funeral Services were at 2:30 pm, Wednesday, October 23, at the First United Methodist Church of Omaha, with the Rev. Janet Blackburn officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mr. Thigpen was born January 5, 1915, in Omaha.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy Wommack Thigpen.  He was a retired service station owner, a rancher, member of the First United Methodist Church, and a lifetime resident of Omaha.  Mr. Thigpen was a veteran of World War II, having served in the  95th infantry division of General George Patton with the 3rd Army.  He received the 'bronze star' medal for service in the central European Theater and the Rhineland Campaign.  He was a member of the VFW.  Survivors include his wife, Helene Thigpen of Omaha; one daughter, DeeAnn Cook of Richardson; one grandson, Warren Thomas Cook of Dallas; two stepsons, Harold Lee Parsley of Rockdale, and Bill M. Parsley of Conway, AR; a number of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Serving as pallbearers were David Leeves, Buddy Thigpen, Buddy Rogers, Steve Wommack, Richard Wright, Johnny Joyner, Bud Joyner and Auvis Hampton.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the building fund of the Omaha First United Methodist Church.

(H Row 6)

Thomas, Oscar Eugene

Oscar Eugene Thomas, 84, of Daingerfield, died Tuesday, August 13, 1996, in a Tyler hospital. Funeral services were at 2 pm, Wednesday, August 14, at the First  United Methodist Church in Daingerfield, with the Rev. Lynn Parker and the Rev. Donald Roy Vaughn officiating.  Masonic graveside services were in Clark Cemetery at Daingerfield.  Mr. Thomas was born October 9, 1911, in Hunt County.  He was retired from Morris County, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Oasis Masonic Lodge #79, York Rite of Pittsburg, and was an Eastern Star Chapter #906 member, and an Army Veteran of World War II.  Survivors include four sons, Larry E. Thomas of Ft. Smith, AR, Ronnie E Thomas of Omaha, Mike Thomas of Daingerfield, and George E Thomas of Pittsburg; one daughter, Brinda K Peek of Omaha; one sister, Gladys Ranes of Naples; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.   (Sec A Row 13)

Tye, Horace B.

TYE, HORACE B.                                                                                                         January 6, 1922 – February 18, 1996

HORACE B. TYE, 74, of Naples, died Sunday, February 18, at Wadley Regional medical Center in Texarkana, following a lengthy illness.  Funeral services were at 3 pm, Tuesday, February 20, 1996, at the Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Hinkle, the Rev. James Gibbs and the Rev. Hugh Gibbs officiating.  Burial was in the Wilder Cemetery at Naples under the direction of Alexander Funeral Service of Naples.  Mr. Tye was a retired employee of Red River Army Depot, a member of the Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church, and a veteran of World War II where he served in the Philippines.  He was a former resident of Magnolia, AR.  Survivors include his wife, Ellen Lavenia Tye of Naples; one son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Norma Tye of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Jacob Qatato of Ft. Worth, and Wanda and Charlie McKinney of Annona; four step children, James and Val Gilbbs of Mexia, Donna and Danny Johnson of New Boston, Brenda and David Coffey of Omaha, and Hugh and Ruby Gibbs of Maud; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; one brother, Grady Tye of Mathis, TX; and a number of other relatives and friends.  Serving as pallbearers were Mr. Tye’s grandsons, Kevin Gerstenkorn, Chuck McKinney, Ibrahim Qatato, Jeff Johnson, David J. Coffey and Land McKinney.  Honorary pallbearers were Tarik Qatato, Warren Wall and Kyse Qatato. (B Row 12)

Walker, Mary Collins

WALKER, MARY COLLINS                                                                                   July 8, 1913 -- November 20, 1996

Mary Walker, 83, of Omaha, died Wednesday, November 20, 1996, at Teague, Texas.  Graveside services were at 1 pm, Sunday, at the Omaha Cemetery with the Rev. Nolan Richey officiating.  Interment was under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home, Inc., of Naples.  Mrs. Walker was born in Mt. Pleasant, July 8, 1913.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Omaha, and a lifetime resident of Omaha.  Preceding her in death was her husband, Clyde Walker.  Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Leon and Chesoline Walker of Dallas, and Julious “Todd” and Sandra Walker of Temple; two daughters and a son-in-law, Wilma and Carroll Martin of Fairfield, and Dean Hist of Dallas; three sisters, Lula Jones, Gladys Jones and Jean Campbell, all of Daingerfield; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a  number of nieces and nephews.  (E Row 3)

Waters, Tiny

WATERS, TINY                                                                                                        March 8, 1907 – July 9, 1996

Tiny Waters, 89, of Omaha, died Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at the Elmwood Nursing Home in Omaha.  Funeral services were set for 2 pm, Thursday, July 11, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Neal Thornburgh and Bro. Tom Seay officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery.  Mrs. Waters was a member of the First Baptist Church and a longtime resident of Omaha.  Survivors include one son, Tom Seay of Omaha; a daughter, Mona Graham of Fayetteville, AR; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  (Location Unknown)

Willilams, Leon "Bud"

WILLIAMS, LEON (BUD)                                                                                       March 18, 1924 – June 29, 1996

Bud L. Williams, 72, of Naples, died Saturday, June 29, 1996, at his home.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Monday, July 1, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Bob Sinclair officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery.  Mr. Williams was born March 18, 1924, in Omaha.  He was the owner and operator of Williams’ Exxon Service Station in Naples.  A member of the First United Methodist Church in Naples, he was also a US Navy veteran of World War II.  Survivors include his wife, Tinnie Williams of Naples; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Danny and Karen Williams of Texarkana, and David Williams of Brooklyn, NY; one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and John Page of Tyler; two grandchildren, Bryan Page of Keller, TX, and Keeley Williams of Texarkana; two brothers, Travis Williams of Omaha and Fred William of Paris; five sisters, Ona Traylor and Pearl Frey, both of Idabel, OK, Bonnie Motley and Eloise Pilgrim, both of Omaha, and Dollie Finch of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.  Serving as pallbearers were Ed Thompson, Mark Bledsoe, Tommy Mills, Morris Craig, Emmett Riner and Ken Minton.  (F Row 6)

Williams, Willie H. "Bill"

WILLIAMS, WILLIE H (BILL)                                                                             October 2, 1916 – April 4, 1996

Willie H. (Bill) Williams, 79, of Owentown, Texas, died Thursday, April 4, at the University of Texas Hospital near Tyler.  Mr. Williams was born October 2, 1916.  He was a veteran of World War II Tec5, a Baptist, and he retired from the University of Texas Hospital at Tyler where he was a switchboard operator.  A memorial service will be conducted at 2 pm, Saturday, April 13, at the Omaha Cemetery.  Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, Josie and Dalton Williams, and a brother, Ike Williams, who died March 21, 1996, at Idabel, OK.  Survivors include his wife, Lena Williams of Owentown; a stepson, Dewey Choate; two stepdaughters, Ann Barnard of Bogata and Sue Wyman of Tyler; several stepchildren; five sisters, Ona Taylor and Pearl Frey of Idabel,OK, Dollie Fitch of Dallas, and Eloise Pilgrim and Bonnie Motley of Omaha; three brothers, Fred Williams of Paris, Bud L. Williams of  Naples, and Travis Williams of Omaha; and a number of nieces and nephews.  (I Row 2)

Wright, Cluron E.

WRIGHT, CLURON E.                                                                                       July 9, 1909 – June 5, 1996

Cluron E. Wright, 87, died Wednesday, June 5, 1996, at Redbud Retreat Nursing Home in Naples.  Graveside services were at 11 am, Friday, June 7, at the Omaha Cemetery with the Rev. Nolan Richey officiating.  Mr. Wright was born July 9, 1909, in Omaha.  He was a farmer  and  a rancher, a Mason, member of the Order of the Eastern Star #997, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Omaha.  Mr. Wright was also a lifetime resident of Omaha.  Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Myra Beth Wright of Omaha; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Obed and Welborn Griffin of Douglassville, and Margie and Voin Holman of Sparks, NV; two grandchildren, Beth and Terry Wiley of Omaha, and Brad and Jonna Wright of Omaha; and two great grandchildren, Kiersten and Meaghen Wiley of Omaha.  (F Row 7)

Wright, Midget

WRIGHT, MIDGET                                                                                              March 13, 1912 – January 4, 1996

MIDGET WRIGHT, 83, of Omaha, died Thursday, January 4, 1996.  Funeral services were at 2 pm, Saturday, January 6, at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Naples, with the Rev. Glenn Griffith and the Rev. Nolan Richey officiating.  Burial was in the Omaha Cemetery.  Mrs. Wright was born March 13, 1912.  She was a retired nurse at the East Texas Clinic, a member of the Omaha First United Methodist Church, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a lifetime resident of Omaha.  Survivors include her husband, Cluron Wright of Omaha; one son  and daughter-in-law, Richard and Myra Beth Wright of Omaha; two grandchildren, Beth and Terry Wiley of Omaha, and Brad and Jonna Wright of Omaha; two great grandchildren, Kiersten and Meaghan Wiley of Omaha; a sister, Dimple Cameron of Naples; two sisters-in-law, Obed Griffin of Douglassville and Margie Holman of Sparks, NV; and special friends, Dr. James S. Leeves and family. (F Row 7)

 

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