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Obituaries from the Daingerfield Bee, Daingerfield, Texas, submitted by Mona Hart-Tucker

Batchelor, Billy Wayne

BATCHELOR, BILLY WAYNE                             August 27, 1934 – September 19, 2009

Billy Wayne Batchelor, 75, of Naples died Saturday, September 19, 2009, in Longview.  Services will be held at 2 pm Monday, September 21, at Daniels Chapel Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Thomas officiating.  Interment will follow at Wilder Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  Mr. Batchelor was born on August 27, 1934, at Sand Hill in Bowie County, the son of Clyde and Lilly Batchelor.  He was a foreman at Lone Star Steel and was a rancher.  He was a member of Daniels Chapel Congregational Methodist Church in Naples.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Lew Batchelor of Naples; a son and daughter-in-law, Mitch and Joanette Batchelor of Naples; a daughter, Lisa Batchelor of Tyler; three grandchildren, Jason, Beau, and Kinly Batchelor; three great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Pauline Batchelor of Hespth, GA; and three sisters and a brother-in-law, Vivian and Bill Benge of Norman, OK, Merna Snow of Springfield, MO, and Verna Hawkins of Pittsburg.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Teresa Moody.  (Location Unknown)

Boles, Lois Wise

BOLES, LOIS WISE                                               November 8, 1916 – February 19, 2009

Services for Lois Wise Boles, 92, of Daingerfield, will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 23, 2008, at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Tim Wade officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery under the direction of Nail-Haggard Funeral Home. Lois was born November 8, 1916, in Hughes Springs, and died February 19, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. On May 12, 1946, she married William "Bill" Boles. She was a dedicated homemaker, cook, mother and wife. They lived in Dallas, Birmingham and New Orleans over their career years. They chose to make their home in Daingerfield after Bill retired from the insurance business in 1980. Lois enjoyed gardening. The annual hummingbird season was a great source of enjoyment; she loved the beauty of God's creatures and designs. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Daingerfield and was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star and the Twentieth Century Club of Daingerfield. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William "Bill" Boles; a granddaughter, Julie Ann Lockett; and her brother, Jim Wise. She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ann Parks and her husband, Mark, of Lancaster, Pa.; son, David Anderson Boles and wife, Amanda, of Burleson, Texas; brother, Allan Wise of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; grandsons, Bill Lockett of Buena Vista, Colo., and John Andrews of Fort Worth; granddaughters, Amy Lockett of Richmond, Va., and Alisha Andrews Foster and her husband, Mike, of Burleson; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Caitie Lockett of Buena Vista, Colo., and Alden and Rachel Foster of Burleson; and many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family. (LOCATION UNKNOWN)
Boozer, Howard Curtis

BOOZER, HOWARD CURTIS                            August 28, 1938 ­­-- January 17, 2009

Services for Howard Curtis Boozer, 70, Quitman, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel of the Chimes, Quitman, with the Rev. James Nickell officiating.  Burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Concord Cemetery, Omaha.  Mr. Boozer died Jan. 17, 2009, in Quitman. He was born Aug. 28, 1938, in Omaha, Texas, and lived in Pasadena prior to moving to Quitman in 1995. He served in the Air Force, was an operator/ technician for Occidental Chemical, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Quitman and Flora Masonic Lodge of Quitman. Mr. Boozer was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Birdie Tigert Boozer; brother, Johnny Jackson Boozer.  Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Lois Wilson Boozer of  Quitman; son, Curtis Wade Boozer of Arlington; sister, Willie Jo Jensen of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, Danielle Grace, Michael Phillip and Kathryn Lynn Boozer.  Pallbearers were John Garrett, Hoyt Camp, Charles Smith, Frank Green, Darrell Green and Verl Trammell. (S Sec 3 Lot 1)

Bullock, Glenn Edwin

BULLOCK, GLENN EDWIN                               January 15, 1945 – February 26, 2009

Services for Glenn Edwin Bullock, 64, of Lone Star, were held March 1 at Lone Star Baptist Church with the Rev. Rich Monds and Scott Darby officiating. Interment was in Daingerfield Cemetery under the direction of Nail-Haggard Funeral Home. Mr. Bullock was born Jan. 15, 1945, in Longview, and died Feb. 26 in Longview. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a member of Lone Star Baptist Church, and owned and operated Lone Star Tubular Service Inc. Survivors include his wife, Jan Bullock of Lone Star; children, Becky and Andy Selman of Cason, Tammie and William Gilmore of Hughes Springs, Billie and Mistie Nunn of Mount Pleasant, Mikeal and Sandi Nunn of Decatur, Gregg and Missie Miner of Lone Star, and Beth and Kip Duncan of Hallsville; brothers, Don Bullock of Cason, Jerry Bullock of Houston, and Merle Bullock of Denison; sister, Betty Pellman of Colorado; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.  (LOCATION UNKNOWN) 

Cason, Claudia Wilma

CASON, CLAUDIA WILMA                               August 19, 1929 -- December 15, 2009 

Services for Claudia Wilma Cason, 80, of Omaha, were Friday, December 18, 2009, at Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Omaha, with the Revs. Nolan Richey and Tim Anderson officiating. Interment was in Springhill Cemetery in Naples. Mrs. Cason died December 15, 2009, in Mount Pleasant. Mrs. Cason was born August 19, 1929, in Daingerfield. She was a homemaker and a member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Toby Cason in 2004; and one son, William Anthony Cason.  Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Debbie Cason of Omaha, Joe Mike and Sandy Cason of Omaha, and Bobby and Becky Cason of Las Vegas; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Betty and Don Smith, Amanda Vaughn and Dean and Ronald Knight of Daingerfield; 11 grandchildre, Jada Weaver, Kelly McCollum, Echo Johnson, Toby Joe Cason, Mandi Schmuck, Jarred Poundstone, Cristi McCurdy, Alicia Cason, Grant Cason, Hayley Carmody and Jeff Carmody; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  (NW Row 15)

Chumbley, Janice Lee

CHUMBLEY,  JANICE LEE                            December 20, 1946 – October 11, 2009

Services for Mrs. Janice Lee Chumbley, 62, of Omaha, were to be Thursday, October 15, 2009, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Lynn Loe officiating.  Mrs. Chumbley was born December 20, 1946, in Deport, Texas.  She died October 11, 2009, in a Longview hospital.  She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Full Gospel Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Chumbley in 2007.  Survivors include one son, Kevin Chumbley of Dallas; two daughters and one son-in-law, Sherri Chumbley of Winnsboro, and Amy and Lance Hampton of Omaha; two sisters, Sue Caughfield and Sandra Tully of Cookville; one stepbrother, Edwin Caughfield of San Antonio; two granddaughters, Kara Sass and Emily Hampton; and several other relatives.  Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (Location Unknown)

Craker, Powell Lee

CRACKER, POWELL LEE                                     April 10, 1947 -- May 17, 2009

Graveside services for Mr. Powell Lee Craker, 62, of Lone Star, were May 20, 2009, at Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home with the family officiating.  Mr. Craker was born April 10, 1947, in Levelland, Texas.  He died May 17, 2009, in a Pittsburg hospital.  He was manager fo Turner Brothers Trucking in Hughes Springs, a U. S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, was a member of the Lone Star Masonic Lodge, and was a Methodist.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mildred Craker; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Gena Wallace; one daughter, Mendy Munn; one son, Bubba Perkins; a brother, Clyde Henry Craker; and one granddaughter, Tina Flood.  Survivors include his wife, Betty Craker of Lone Star; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Cameron and Sara Craker of Mobile, Alabama, and Ronald Perkins of Lone Star; a daughter, Regena Birdwell of Jenkins; sister, Regena Wilhite and husband, Troy of Ennis; 22 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.  (Location Unknown)

Douglas, Michael James

DOUGLAS, MICHAEL JAMES                              June 30, 1961 – July 3, 2009

Graveside services for Mr. Michael James “Pete” Douglas, 48, of Omaha, were July 7, 2009, at Rivers Cemetery with Elder Donnie Davis officiating.  Mr. Douglas was born June 30, 1961, in Daingerfield.  He died July 3, 2009, in Omaha.  Survivors include his father, Willie George Lafayette of Dallas; one brother, Willie Douglas of Omaha; a sister, Bobbie Ann Douglas of Omaha; and a number of other relatives.  (Location Unknown)

Franklin, Marshall Edward

FRANKLIN, MARSHALL EDWARD                         November 12, 1977 – Feb 24, 2009

Serivces for Marshall Edward Franklin, 31,  of Mount Vernon, TX were February 27, 2009, at Concord Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Nolan Richey officiating.  Mr. Franklin was born November 12, 1977, in Amarillo.  He died Tuesday, February 24, 2009 in Dallas.  He was a member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church.  Survivors include his parents, Eddie and Mary Franklin of Mount Vernon; a sister Melissa Coffey of Texarkana; a niece, Khara Coffey of Naples; and numerous aunts and uncles.  Burial was in Concord Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home. (Location Unknown)

Gamble, Theodore Wesley

GAMBLE, THEODORE WESLEY                             December 24, 1928 – June 29, 2009

Services for Mr. Theodore “T.W.” Gamble, 80, of Omaha, were July 4, 2009, at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Omaha with the Rev. D. O. Sanders officiating.  Mr. Gamble was born December 24, 1928, in Omaha, the son of Theodore Roosevelt and Maria Elizabeth Rogers Gamble.  He died June 29, 2009, in Longview.  He was a member of Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where he served as deacon, chairman of the Deacon Board and superintendent of Sunday School, worked for the City of Los Angeles for 15 years, retired as a pipe threader from Lone Star Steel, was chairman of the cemetery fund for Paradise Cemetery, and was a veteran of the United States Army.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearline Gamble; his parents; brother, Jesse Leon Gamble; and sister, Mary C. Brown.  Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. George A. and Lacyne Gamble of Omaha; two sisters, Jewel P. Brazier of Walnut, CA, and Janie C. Turner of Dallas; special friend, Opal Allen of Omaha; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.  Burial was in Paradise Cemetery.  (Row 7)

Gauntt, Jack Darryl

GAUNTT, JACK DARRYL                                      March 30, 1936 -- October 19, 2009

A rosary service and visitation for Mr. Jack Darryl Gauntt, 73, of Omaha, was October 20, at Nail-Haggard Funeral Home in Daingerfield, with mass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Daingerfield on October 21.  Mr. Gauntt was born March 30, 1936, to Boyd Gauntt and Eunice Nelson Gauntt in Omaha.  Even though he was only 17 when he married Jerry, he knew he had met his soul mate.  They were married in Alexandria, Lousiana, on December 17, 1955.  They showed us all how love was supposed to be.  Jack and Jerry stood by each other's side, from his teen years to the very end, always looking out for each other with love and respect.  They were blessed with two children, Donna Gauntt Senkowsky and Anthony A. Gauntt.   Jack's proudest moments came when he was blessed with four granddaughters, Molly, Emily, Franny, Grace, and through them he passes that light of love and faith to them.  He is survived by his wife, Jerry; daughter, Donna; son, Anthony; son-in-law, Jon; sister-in-law, Vergie Gaspard; his granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.  Just as our God sent his own son to this earth to live among us, and then returned Him home to Heaven, we too, shall be called home one day.  Jack was called by his Lord to come home on October 19, 2009, where He is waiting to welcome Jack with open arms.  Jack's spirit is now free to continue to love, laugh, and cherish all those he loved.  Burial was at Our Lady in the Pines Cemetery.  (Location Unknown)

Grant, Mary Lou Evans

GRANT, MARY LOU EVANS                                    May 22, 1927-- May 5, 2009

Mary Lou Grant, 81, of Titus County, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Titus County.  Services were held May 12 at Mt. Mitchell Church of Christ in Omaha with Bro. Joe Rivers, minister, officiating.  Interment followed in Reynolds Cemetery in Daingerfield under the direction of Tumey Mortuary.  Pallbearers were Adias Grant, Bobby Sims, Otis Peel, Brandon Sims, Rodrick Grant, and Casey Rogers.  Honorary pallbearers were Chris Grant, Ray Walker, Roderick McKnight, Ontario Grant, Markeith T. Grant, Montral Walker, Gerald Hughes and Richard “Duke” Grant.  Mrs. Grant was born on May 22, 1927, in Daingerfield, the daughter of Van Sr. and Lottie (Brown) Evans.  She was raised by her adopted parents, Gold and Mary Crowder.  She was a housewife and member of Mt. Mitchell Church of Christ.  She is survived by her four daughters, Martha Grant Sims and Sharon Peel, both of Mount Pleasant, Tammy Rogers of Texarkana, and Patricia Watson of Mount Pleasant; four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Gidget Grant of Dallas, Rickie and Sheila Grant of Pittsburg, Clyde Henry and Troycer Grant of Mount Pleasant, and Casey Rogers of Mount Pleasant; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and a host of brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Grant; her parents; a brother and sister.  (R Side Rd Entr)

Haley, Zelma Wilson

HALEY, ZELMA WILSON                                         March 23, 1923 –  February ?, 2009

Funeral services for Zelma Haley, 85, of Douglasville, were held Feb, 28 at Piney Grove Baptist Church, near Atlanta, with Rev. Chris Cowan officiating. Burial was in Iron Bluff Cemetery in Lone Star under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home Inc. Mrs. Haley was born on March 23, 1923, to Oren Wilson and Lula Kirkpatrick Wilson in Lone Star, and died at a Long Term Care Facility in Tyler. She was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta. Mrs. Haley was preceded in death by her husband Martin “Bud” Haley in 1997. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law Larry and Sandy Haley of Texarkana; two daughters and sons-in-law Judi and Steve Rowley of Tyler, and Ann and Bill Carpenter of Mount Vernon; one sister and brother-in-law Fayrene and Winford Trammell of Lone Star; 10 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. (SEC B Row 15)

Hammonds, Danny Loyd

HAMMONDS, DANNY LOYD                               July 30, 1952 – June 4, 2009

Services for Mr. Danny Loyd Hammonds, 56, of Mt. Pleasant, were June 6, 2009, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with Dr. Don Hammonds and the Rev. Roger Hammonds officiating.  Mr. Hammonds was born July 30, 1952, in Naples.  He died June 4, 2009, in Omaha.  He was a member of the Jaycees, coached little league baseball in Omaha, was a former member of the Naples Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Naples.  He was preceded in death by his parents, James Davis Hammonds and Opal Kennedy Hammonds; and his grandparents, Ed and Clyde Kennedy and Post and Mollie Hammonds.  Survivors include his wife, Joann Mize of Naples; a sister and brother-in-law, Nita and Chris McCord of Richardson; one brother, Wayne Hammonds of Marietta; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Burial was in Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home. 

(NE Row 7)

Hawkins, Noel Wayne "Hawk"

HAWKINS, NOEL WAYNE “HAWK”                         August 8, 1942 – August 6, 2009

Services for Mr. Noel Wayne “Hawk” Hawkins, 66, of Naples, were August 9, 2009, at Paul Pewitt High School Auditorium with the Rev. Charles Thomas and the Rev. Jack Cox officiating.  Mr. Hawkins was born August 8, 1942, in Hughes Springs.  He died August 6, 2009, at his home.  He was a Methodist and a mechanic.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth HARROD Hawkins in 1978; and his mother, May Dell Hawkins.  Survivors include his father, R. D. Hawkins of Naples; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenny and Kristy Hawkins of Omaha, and Kevin Hawkins of Naples; and two grandchildren, Kody and Mary Hawkins of Omaha.  Burial was in Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (NW Row 16)

Hawkins, Tommie

HAWKINS, TOMMIE                                                 August 20, 1951 – May 10, 2009

Tommie Jean Hawkins, 57, of Naples, Texas, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, in a local hospital.  Mr. Hawkins was born Aug. 20, 1951, in Bryan Mills, Texas.  He was a farmer and a member of Norris Curry CME Church.  Survivors include his wife, Oretha Johnson; his mother, S. L. Hawkins; one brother, George Richard Coffey of Naples; four sisters, Charlene Hawkins, Sylblene Hawkins and Burnette Coffey of Naples and Darlene Harris of Palmer, Texas; and a number of other relatives.  Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Norris Curry CME Church with the Rev. M. Darty officiating.  Burial will be in Morning Star Cemetery under direction of Harmon Funeral Home.  (Location Unknown)        

Hodges, Benjamin Franklin

HODGES, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN                          February 28, 1911 – May 8, 2009

Benjamin Franklin Hodges, 98, of Omaha, Texas, died May 8, 2009, at his home.  Mr. Hodges was born Feb. 28, 1911, in Eliasville, Texas.  He was a heavy equipment operator and a member of United Pentecostal Church, Daingerfield, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Marie Hodges in 2001; one son, Joe Hodges; and one daughter, Berniece Hodges.  Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and June Hodges of Omaha and Talmag and Irene Hodges of Orchard, Texas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nina and Norman Barth of Garland, Texas, and Marilyn and Leonard Hawkins of Breckenridge, Texas; 18 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 66 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.  Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Harrison Funeral Home with the Rev. Carlton Watkins officiating.  Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.  (NE Row 9)

Hood, John Luther

HOOD, JOHN LUTHER                                              June 21, 1948 – February 5, 2009

Services for Mr. John Luther Hood, 60, of Naples, were February 10, 2009, at First Baptist Church of Omaha with the Rev. C. Hood officiating.  Mr. Hood was born June 21, 1948, in Omaha.  He died February 5, 2009.  He was a truck driver and a member of First Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Lue Hood; four sons, Kevin Cobbins, Luther Hood, Derrick Hood and John Willie Hood of Naples; two daughters, Alicia Hood of Dallas and Joann Hood of Naples; mother, Ruth Hood of Naples; seven brothers, Adam Hood of Sulphur Springs, the Rev. Charlie Hood and the Rev. Mark Hood of Tyler, Paul Hood and Thomas Hood of Naples, the Rev. David Hood of Texarkana, and the Rev. James Hood of Arlington; five sisters, Zella Harris of Daingerfield, Martha Stanard and Sarah Hall of Mt. Pleasant, Mae Cook of Dallas, and Patsy Mitchell of Naples; and six grandchildren.  Burial was in Reynolds Cemetery. (Location Unknown)

Johnson, Robert Gerald

JOHNSON, ROBERT GERALD                                  December 8, 1941 – February 27, 2009

Services for Mr. Robert Gerald Johnson, 67, formerly of Naples, were March 2, 2009, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Milam officiating.  Mr. Johnson was born December 8, 1941, in Naples.  He died February 27, 2009, in Texarkana.  He was the owner of Jolly Refrigeration Company in Texarkana, a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Moose Lodge and the National Rifle Association.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronnie Johnson and Johnny Freeman; and two sisters, Mary Helen Johnson and Doris Jean Johnson.  Survivors include two sisters, Martha Ann Freeman and Linda Freeman Andrews of Ore City; three aunts, Mable Haley of Lone Star, Helen McNeely of Ft. Worth, and Johnnie Minor Norman of Mesquite; and several nieces and nephews.  Burial was in Naples  Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (Location Unknown)

Johnson, Truella

JOHNSON, TRUELLA                                                  May 28, 1931 – August 18, 2009

Services for Mrs. Truella Johnson, 70, of Daingerfield, were August 22, 2009, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with the Rev. C. D. Mitchell officiating.  Mrs. Johnson was born May 28, 1931.  She died August 18, 2009, in Pittsburg.  She was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Daingerfield.  Survivors include her husband, Edward Johnson of Daingerfield; and five sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Doris Johnson, Lloyd ad Janet Johnson and Eddie Johnson of Daingerfield, Steve and Mattie Johnson of Omaha, and James and Ruthie Rivers of Waxahachie.  Burial was in Rivers Cemetery.  (Location Unknown)

Jones, Zettie Marie

JONES, ZETTIE MARIE                                              August 4, 1931 – June 10, 2009

Services for Mrs. Zettie Marie Jones, 77, of Daingerfield, were June 17, 2009 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Daingerfield with Pastor D. A. Hill and the Rev. Carl Jones officiating.  Mrs. Jones was born August 4, 1931 in Avinger.  She died June 10, 2009, in Longview.  She was a member of Eastern Star, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, an assistant Sunday School teacher, was a deaconess, a member of the church district board and the Pastor’s Aid Committee and the choir.  She was also a caregiver for the Hawkins family and worked at the Dairy Queen in Daingerfield for 17 years.  Survivors include five daughters, Lillie and William Carter of Houston, Glinda Mims and Glen Smith of Daingerfield, Janet Lee of Longview, Sheran Jones and Butch James of Daingerfield, and Cecilia Bates of Henderson; five sons, Carl and Thelma Jones of Dallas, Chester Denmark and Virgie Martin of Daingerfield, Ernis and Mildred Denmark of Los Angeles, Robert and Tina Jones of Longview, and Christopher and Abigail Jones of Omaha; 28 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Annie Hollifield of Texarkana, Arletha Fomby and Mattie Chism of Hughes Springs, Linda Denmark of Lone Star, and Kathleen Denmark of Longview; three brothers, Lawrence Denmark of Cookstown, NJ, Lee Andrew Denmark Jr, of Avinger, and Freddie Denmark of Los Angeles; and one goddaughter, Elizabeth Davis.  Burial was in Daingerfield Cemetery.  (Location Unknown)

Justiss, Adron Munson

JUSTISS, ADRON MUNSON                                     January 31, 1913 -- July 18, 2009

Funeral service for Adron Justiss, 96, of Daingerfield, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2009, at Daingerfield Church of Christ, with Norman Miller and Tim Gibbs officiating.  Burial will be in the Justiss Cemetery under the direction of Nail-Haggard Funeral Home. Mr. Justiss was born January 31, 1913 in Morris County and died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at his home in Daingerfield.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Mae Justiss.  Adron was a member of the Daingerfield Church of Christ, charter member of the Northeast Texas Polled Hereford Association and a rancher.  He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Madron Justiss and Don Hartley of Richardson and Sheila Justiss of Daingerfield; brothers, Howard Justiss of Nashville, TN, and C. Y. Justiss of Lone Star; sister, Bessie Justiss Cason of Atlanta, TX; and grandsons, Wesley Theobald and Tyler Theobald, both of Daingerfield. 
Kennedy, Marguerite

KENNEDY, MARGUERITE                                        July 23, 1920 – February 26, 2009

Services for Mrs. Marguerite Kennedy, 88, of Naples, were February 29, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Naples with the Rev. Barry Brown and the Rev. Earl Taylor officiating.  Mrs. Kennedy was born July 23, 1920, in Daingerfield.  She died February 26, 2009, in Longview.  She was the owner/operator of the Kennedy Greenhouse in Naples, a member of the Naples Garden Club, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the First Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by two husbands, Choice Leach and Robert William Kennedy; a daughter, Paula K. Leach; and two brothers, W. E. Key, Jr., and George C. Key.  Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Dudley Thomas of Pittsburg, and Rebecca and Ronnie Terrell of Denton; four grandchildren, Jay Thomas, Terry -Hull, Misty Terrell and Shane Terrell; and one great-grandchild, Cassie Marguerite Reeder.  Burial was in Daingerfield Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (CON Sec A1 Row 16)

Lafayette, M. C.

LAFAYETTE, M. C.                                                    June 17, 1945 – April 22, 2009

 Services for Mr. M. C. Lafayette, 63, of Naples, were April 28, 2009, at Williams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. J. M. Brooks officiating.  Mr. Lafayette was born June 17, 1945, in Morris County.  He died April 22, 2009, in Dallas.  He worked as a foreman for U. S. Steel, was a deacon at Williams Chapel and he loved fishing.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae Lafayette; and a sister, Mary Sharp.  Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Karen and Stevie McGill and Janice Sewell of Dallas; one sister, Alma of Hope, Arkansas; three brothers, Joe Lafayette of Daingerfield, Willie George Lafayette Jr., of Dallas, and Leon Lafayette of Daingerfield; three grandsons; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.  Burial was in Whitmore Cemetery in Daingerfield.   (Location Unknown)

Lewis, Mary Lewis

LEWIS, MARY LEWIS                                               March 13, 1921 – December 26, 2009

Services for Mrs. Mary Ellen Lewis, 88, of Longview, were December 27, 2009, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mike Fraley officiating.  Mrs. Lewis was born March 13, 1921, in Naples.  She died December 26, 2009, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.  She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Naples.  She was preceded in death by her husband, August W. Lewis in 1995; parents, John Nathan and Nancy Wommack Hicks; two brothers, Melvin Hicks and Herbert Hicks; and one sister, Kathleen Spearman.   Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Violet Beatty of Longview; three nephews, Bobby Joe Spearman of Mt. Pleasant, John Spearman of Omaha, and Jim Spearman of Longview; one grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.  Burial was in Naples Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (Sec A Row 5)

Lockett, Novell

LOCKETT, NOVELL                                                   October 13, 1938 – February 20, 2009

Services for Mrs. Novell Lockett, 70, of Grand Prairie, Texas, were February 28, 2009, at Omaha First Baptist Church with the Rev. Elvin Augustus officiating.  Mrs. Lockett was born October 13, 1938, in Omaha.  She died February 20, 2009, at her home.  She was a member of Omaha First Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband and two daughters.  Survivors include her sons, Roy Lockett, Jr., of Balch Springs, Texas, and Michael J. Lockett of Garland; five daughters, Chianne Lockett, Anetta White, Della Weatherspoon, Annie L. Addis of Grand Prairie, and Carry M Boyd of Seagoville, Texas; mother, Narcissie Johnson; one brother, R. J. Johnson of Naples; five sisters, Cubie Crawford of Dallas, Maurice Johnson of Miami, Winnie Reed and Shirley Anderson of Ft. Worth, and Thelma Johnson of Omaha; 21 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.  Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.  (Location Unknown)

Longino, Charlotte Price

LONGINO, CHARLOTTE PRICE                                February 21, 1916 – April 14, 2009

Services for Mrs. Charlotte Price Longino, 93, of Omaha, were April 18, 2009, at Concord Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Lauter officiating.  Mrs. Longino was born February 21, 1916, in Doddridge, Arkansas.  She died April 14, 2009, at her home.  She was a preacher’s wife, a member of the First Baptist Church of Omaha, the Order of the Eastern Star Omaha Chapter #997, and the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.  Though she was a school teacher, secretary, accountant, and was  employed with the U. S. Government, the most important role was that of a minister’s wife.  It was through this latter love, she developed the nurturing and lovable spirit that would lead her through the last years of her life.  She lead a Bible study at the Omaha Healthcare each week and spread her love of Jesus to all.  She served the Lord everyday in whatever she did and wherever she went to the best of her ability.  She left a loving legacy to all those she ministered to.  If she knew you, she loved you and you, in turn, loved her.  In 1987, she and her husband were named as “Citizens of the Year” in Omaha.  Mrs. Longino was the Omaha Citizen of the Year in 2002, and the Omaha Chamber Member of the Year in 2006.  The David Elliott Masonic Lodge of Omaha awarded her the Community Builder Award in 2007, and on February 21, 2009, she was presented with a Lifetime Community Award by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Clifford Longino in 1998; a son, Jim Pat Longino in 2005; three sisters, Opal Goolsby, Joyce Price and Grace Hanna; and one brother, Barnette Price.  Survivors include one daughter, Minerva Longino of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Burial was in Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Omaha, Pewitt Alumni Center, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Jim Pat Longino College Fund c/o First Baptist Church of Omaha.  (J Row 6 BL 16)

McNary, Audrey Ann

MCNARY, AUDREY ANN                                         September 27, 1958 – August 9, 2009

Services for Ms. Audrey Ann McNary, 50, of Omaha, were August 15, 2009, at Omaha Church of Christ with Bro. Joe Rivers and Bro. Dennis Allen officiating.  Ms. McNary was born September 27 1958, in Terrell, Texas, to Price and Truelove McNary.  She died August 9, 2009, at her home.  She was a member of Church of Christ and was in the United States Army.  She was preceded in death by her father, and a son, Brandon McNary.  Survivors include her mother of Omaha; one daughter, Brandy McNary of Omaha; three sons, James McNary of Cason, Andrail McNary of Omaha, and Byron McNary and wife, Shanice of Mt. Pleasant; two grandchildren, Taryanna McNary of Mt. Pleasant, and Khyron McNary of Marietta; six brothers, Michael McNary and wife, Gloria of Omaha, Price McNary Jr., and wife, Ernestine and Kenneth McNary of California, Christopher McNary and wife, Cheryl of Seattle, and George and Steven McNary of Dallas; five sisters, Mary Cummings of Omaha, Jackie Tyler of Dallas, Sylvia Smith and husband, John of Omaha, Grace Brown of California, and Arlene McNary of Dallas; and a host of nieces and nephews.  Burial was in Bellhaven Cemetery.  (Location Unknown)

Merriman, Wanda Lucille Anderson

MERRIMAN, WANDA LUCILLE                              April 17, 1921 – May 24, 2009

Services for Mrs. Wanda Lucille Merriman, 88, formerly of Naples, are to be Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 2:00 P.M. at Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Barry Brown officiating.  Mrs. Merriman was born April 17, 1921, in Tree, LA.  She died May 24, 2009, in Parson, TN.  She was a homemaker and a Baptist.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Merriman; parents, Thomas Jefferson and Mary Frances Simmons Anderson; two brothers, George Anderson and Marion Anderson; and one sister, Geraldine Holley.  Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Carolyn and Paul Parrish of Scotts Hill, TN, Patty and Dwain Hall of Hughes Springs, and Frances Merriman of Scotts Hill; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Precilla Merriman of Hensley, AR, and Bill and Teresa Merriman of New Boston; a brother and sister-in-law, Randall and Faye Anderson of New Boston; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (SW Row 5)
Miles, John Wesley

MILES, JOHN WESLEY                                              January 11, 1927 -- August 3, 2009

Services for Mr. John Wesley Miles, 82, of Naples, were August 8, 2009, at New testament Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Peters officiating.  Mr. Miles was born January 11, 1927, in Naples.  He died August 3, 2009, at his home.  He was a member of New Testament Baptist Church and was a veteran of the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  Survivors include a stepson, Scott Miles of Newburgh, New York; two daughters, Donna Miles of Poughkeepsi, New York, and Regina Baptiste of Houston; guarddaughter, Velonia Naze Demery of Atlanta, Texas, and special friend for 16 years, Maxine Nanez of Atlanta.  Burial was in Morning Star Cemetery.  (Location Unknown)

Reel, Baylor Randolph

REEL, BAYLOR RANDOLPH                                   January 18, 2009 – March 7, 2009

Graveside services for six weeks old Baylor Randolph Reel were held March 10, 2009, at Bradfield Chapel Cemetery with  Scott Darby and Father Ambrose officiating.  Baylor was born January 18, 2009, in Dallas and died March 7, 2009, in Mount Pleasant.  He was the son of Robert Reel and Elena Mullins of Daingerfield.  (Location Unknown)

Reeves, Johnnie Mae

REEVES, JOHNNIE MAE                                           February 22, 1922 – March 2, 2009

Services for Mrs. Johnnie Mae Reeves, 87, of Omaha, were March 7, 2009, at Omaha First Baptist Church with Elder Bobby Jones officiating.  Mrs. Reeves was born February 22, 1922, in Morris County to Luna and John Walker.  She died March 2, 2009, at her home.  She was united with Omaha First Baptist Church at an early age and was a faithful member.  She was a member of the choir and the missions until her health failed.  She married James Reeves on August 18, 1935.  She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Eddie Reeves; two sisters; five brothers; and two grandchildren.  Survivors include one daughter, Betty and husband, Elbert Payne Sr., of Oklahoma City; four sons, Williams Reeves and wife, Ann of Irving, Freddie Reeves and wife, Jean of Cleburne, Roy Reeves and wife, Katherine of Cason, and Henry Reeves and wife, Patricia of Tyler; one daughter-in-law, Marlo Reeves of Ft. Worth; a special son, Bennie Whetstone; a sister, Wanda Lee of Dallas; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and a host of special grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Burial was in Bell Haven Cemetery.  (R Side of Drive)

Richardson, Louella Wilkerson

RICHARDSON, LOUELLA WILKERSON                January 10, 1910 – March 23, 2009

Services for Mrs. Louella Wilkerson Richardson, 99, of Naples, were March 28, 2009, at Morning Star Baptist Church with the Rev. C. E. Williams and the Rev. Richard Keith Robinson officiating.  Mrs. Richardson was born January 10, 1910, in Naples.  She died March 23, 2009, in Mt. Pleasant.  She was a member of Wilkerson Temple COGIC of Naples.  She was preceded in death by her husband; three children, Cledell Cranford, Cluren Cranford and James Cranford; and one grandchild, Clarence Anthony Mure.  Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Parrish of Naples; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Emma Robinson of Hawkins; seven grandchildren, Craven Andre Mure of Berkeley, CA, Candi Richardson of Houston, Lawrence Parrish and Cluren Stacey Parrish of Dallas, Maryilynn Collier of Mesa, AZ, Ava Norris of De Soto, and La Tecia Parrish of Katy; 26 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.  Burial was in Morning Star Cemetery at Naples.  (Location Unknown)

Rountree, Wendie Lee

ROUNTREE, WENDIE LEE                                      December 16, 1967 -- November 29, 2009

Services for Ms. Wendie Lee Rountree, 41, of Omaha, were December 2, 2009, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Keith Lauter officiating.  Ms. Rountree was born December 16, 1967, Fort Benning, Georgia.  She died November 29, 2009, at her home.  She was an administrative assistant at Big Tex Trailers in Mt. Pleasant and was a member of First Baptist Church of Omaha.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Ann Hawkins; grandparents, Manuel and Arlene Charlton, and Cleve Hawkins; and one aunt, Judy Charlton Betts.  Survivors include her husband, Robert Rountree of Marietta; father, Ronnie Hawkins of Omaha; grandmother, Eula Hawkins of Omaha; a son, Robert Jayce Rountree of Marietta; a daughter, Aleea Jade Rountree of Marietta; and two brothers, Dusty Hawkins and Rocky Hawkins of Omaha.  Burial was in Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (Location Unknown)

Sanches, Ruby Marie

SANCHES, RUBY MARIE                                            October 8, 1924 – April 19, 2009

Graveside services for Mrs. Ruby Marie Sanches, 84, of Omaha, were April 22, 2009, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Beard officiating.  Mrs. Sanches was born October 8, 1924, in Lawton, Oklahoma.  She died April 19, 2009, in Mt. Pleasant.  She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by two husbands, Robert Davis and Wesley Sanches; one son, Robert Davis; one daughter, Mary Catherine Davis; three brothers, Charles, James and John Holland; and one sister, Esther Stapleton Wallace.  Survivors include two sons, Bobby and Roger Davis of Omaha; five daughters, Gladys Garcia of Austin, Sudie Davis of Lufkin, Rosie Garreston of New Boston, Lisa Castro of Winnsboro, and Betty Huffman of Crockett; one brother-in-law, Nolan Sanches of Omaha; nine grandchildren, Rosemary and Greg Phillips, Kathy and Jacob Garcia, Michael and Sara Garreston, Brandon and April Dilli and Jami Huffman; six great-grandchildren, Kayela, Lauren and Dillon Phillips, Jacob Logan Garcia, and Abigail and Hannah Belle Dilli.  (Location Unknown)

Smith, Bessie Mae

SMITH, BESSIE MAE                                               April 24, 1926 – November 19, 2009

Services for Mrs. Bessie Mae Smith, 83, of Omaha, were November 21, 2009, at Nail-Haggard Funeral Home with the Rev. Bryan Peck officiating.  Mrs. Smith was born April 24, 1926, in Bowie County.  She died November 19, 2009 in Omaha.  She was a member of Restoration Family Worship Center and worked for many years as a nurses aid in a local nursing home.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Ray Smith; daughter, Judy Davis; and a son, Johnny Ray Foster.  Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Danny Green of Omaha; three granddaughters, Jessica Green of Omaha, Wendy Foster of Houston, and Cindy Foster of Dallas; two grandsons, Jeremy Green and wife, Larissa of Omaha, and Justin Green and wife, Ashlee of Omaha; and seven great-grandchildren.  Burial was in Bradfield Chapel Cemetery.  (Row 10A)

Smith, Irma Lou

SMITH, IRMA LOU                                                 December 3, 1924 – May 21, 2009

Services for Mrs. Irma Lou Smith, 84, of Naples, were May 23, 2009, at Naples Church of Christ with the Rev. Richard Castleman officiating.  Mrs. Smith was born December 3, 1924, in Naples.  She died May 21, 2009, in Mt. Pleasant.  She was a retired assistant cashier from Morris County National Bank and a member of Naples Church of Christ.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd Roberts and Comer Kennedy; and one sister, Edna Williams.  Survivors include her husband, Willie Giles Smith of Naples; a son and daughter-in-law, Billy Ray and Suzanne Smith of Denton; one brother, Billy Roberts of Rocky Branch; five grandchildren, Jefrey Ray Smith, Nancy Jill Myers, Robert Myers, Gabrielle Fass and James Frederick Fass; three great-grandchildren, Amber Estep, Kennedie Smith and Christopher Ray; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Burial was in Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (NW Row 17)

Talley, Euel Alton

TALLEY, EUEL ALTON                                            June 24, 1933 -- September 8, 2009

Services for Mr. Euel Alton Talley, 76, of Hewitt, Texas, were September 12, 2009, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Loyd Hooper officiating.  Mr. Talley was born June 24, 1933, in Omaha.  He died September 8, 2009, in a Waco hospital.  He was a farmhand and a Baptist.  He loved farming, country music, crafts and dogs.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert F. and Susie Mae Baker Talley, a brother, Cluron Talley; sister, Maurine Talley, and twin brother, Buel Talley.  Survivors include a brother, Winn Talley of Cleburne, Texas; a sister, Allene McCright of Snyder, Texas; two nephews, Robert W. Talley of Hewitt, and Ron Talley of Burleson; one niece, Marsha Thauwald of Lorena; six great nieces and nephews; two great-great-nieces; and several other relatives.  Burial was in Concord Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (NE Row 36)

Taylor, Mary Helene Monroe Parsley Thigpen

TAYLOR, MARY HELENE MONROE PARSLEY THIGPEN        Jul 27, 1918 -- May 13, 2009

Services for Mary Helene Parsley Thigpen Taylor, 90, formerly of Naples, were May 16, 2009, at the Omaha Methodist Church.  Mrs. Taylor was born July 27, 1918, in Harvey, Arkansas, to Grady and Ila Monroe.  She died May 13, 2009.  She had a exciting 90 plus years of life and love.  She met and married Harold Parsley in Waldon, Arkansas.  They moved to Northeast Texas where they began a successful insurance and real estate business.  They develped land and built homes.  She was the Morris County Treasurer for 16 years.  She moved to Conway, Arkansas, in 2004, and lived in College Square Independent Living to be close to BIll and Michelle, and her granddaughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.  Her passion was her love for others and her engaging smile she had for everyone.  We pray we live our lives as abundantly and joyously as she.  She was preceded in death by husbands, Harold Parsley in 1977, Thomas Thigpen in 1996, and Ed Taylor in 2002; and one brother, John Monroe.  Survivors include sons, Bill Parsley and wife, Michelle of Conway, and Harold Parsley and wife, Kay of Rockdale; seven grandchildren, Mary Alice Parsley, Kathryne Parsley Roddam, John Parsley, Lee Parsley, Billy Mack Parsley, Rachel Parsley and Elizabeth Parsley; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a niece, Judy Pitts; nephews, John Phillip, Steve Monroe, and Robert and Ron Parsley; stepchildren, Lee Taylor and DeAnn Cook; cousin, LIllie Jean Arnett and a host of cousins throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma.  We want to thank Verena Moix, her adopted sister and friend she lived so dearly.  Burial was in Daingerfield City Cemetery.  (OLD Sec A Row 18)

Thomas, Nathan

THOMAS, NATHAN                                                September 25, 1975 – June 4, 2009

Services for Mr. Nathan Thomas, 33, of Naples, were June 10, 2009, at Norris S. Curry CME with the Rev. Melvina Darty officiating.  Mr. Thomas was born September 25, 1975, in Naples.  He died June 4, 2009.  He was self employed, a graduate of Paul Pewitt High School and Trinity Welding School and a member of Norris S. Curry CME Church.  He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Webb; his grandparents; and one uncle, James Thomas.  Survivors include his wife, Judea Thomas of Naples; three sons, De Zion Watkins, Kody Ryan Thomas and Trent White of  Naples; one daughter, Jayde White of Naples; his mother, Minnie Thomas of Naples; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Christopher Thomas of Naples, and Benjamin and Shanetta Thomas of Janeville, CA; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Julie and Namon Harris of Texarkana, Carla Thomas as Houston, and Nicole Webb of Jonesboro, AR; four aunts, Sally Hill of Naples, Virginia Boyd of Cason, Betty Mitchell of Omaha, and Alice and R. T. Traylor of Longview; three uncles, Johnny Thomas and wife, Dorris of Naples, Leroy Thomas and wife, Emily of Richmond, VA, and Bobby Thomas of Grady, AR; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.  Burial was in Morning Star Cemetery.  (Location Unknown)

Tigert, John William

TIGERT, JOHN WILLIAM                                                         March 28, 1941 -- July 3, 2009

John William Tigert of Mesquite, Texas, passed away peacefully with his family by his side July 3rd, 2009 after two years of battle with a brain tumor. He was born on March 28, 1941 in Omaha, Texas. He is survived by his wife Linda Hooper Tigert, daughter Johnna Tigert, granddaughter Jordyn Tigert all of Mesquite, Texas, one sister Mary Louis Tigert Hendry of Kingwood, Texas, and a community of many loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Johnie W. Tigert and Annie Davis Tigert; and his mother-in-law, Natoma Hooper. The funeral service was held at 12:30 pm Monday afternoon July 6, 2009 at the Memorial Chapel at Restland Memorial Park with burial in the Garden of Inspiration, at 13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas, Texas 75243.  Lunch was provided for family and friends by the Central Church of the Nazarene, Dallas, following the services.  John William attended Omaha and Pewitt Schools grades 1-12 and graduated in 1959.  He served in the US Army, was devoted to his family and his Lord, and enjoyed serving others.  He retired after more than 30 years with Southwestern Bell Telephone.  His hobbies were photography, cars, trains, and helping on the Samuel Farm in Dallas.  He will be greatly missed by so many!

Turner, Dorothy M. Tidwell

TURNER, DOROTHY M. TIDWELL                                      November 7, 1921 - December 8, 2009

Dorothy M. Tidwell Turner, age 88, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, died Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at her residence.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Concord Cemetery with Bro. Glen Griffith officiating.   Mrs. Turner was born November 7, 1921 in Bowie County, Texas, the daughter of Ben F. and Marlidia Talley Turner.  She was a member of the Highland Park Baptist Church.  She is survived by a daughter-in-law Mary Turner of Mount Pleasant and a sister Virginia Tidwell of Dallas.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband R. L. Turner and her son Robert Turner.   (Row 17 SE)

Welch, Hershel G.

WELCH, HERSHEL G.                                                               June 11, 1935 – April 20, 2009

Hershel G. (Sweetpea) Welch, 73, of Richardson, Texas, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away April 20, 2009.  He was a native and life-time resident of Naples, Texas, a graduate of James Bowie High School, a graduate of Texas A&M class of 1957, and a member of the Corps of Cadets.  He served in the U. S. Army and Army Reserves for 26 years retiring in 1979 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  Mr. Welch was born June 11, 1935, at the Welch homeplace on Sulphur River in Bowie County to Myrtle and Rube Welch.  He owned and operated WelchGas and Welch Energy for 50 years, served on the Morris County National Bank Board of Directors, President of Naples Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Naples United Fund, charter member and President of the Naples-Omaha Lions Club.  He was responsible for fund raising and construction of the gazebo at the downtown Centennial Park in honor of former business and civic leaders.  He was an active member of many other local civic organizations and gave generously to community related benefits.  He was a Past President of Texas Propane Gas Association, Chairman of the Board of Texas Propane Insurance Trust, and was honored in 1985 by the National Propane Gas Association for “Outstanding Marketing Efforts by a Small Independent Business.”  He was preceded in death by his parents, Rube and Myrtle Welch, brothers, George and J. B. Welch, and sisters, Jamie Ashford and Penny Welch.  He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Roleta Welch, sons, Wes Welch and wife, April of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Greg Wilcox and wife, Lori of Richardson, Texas; grandchildren, Zack and Cannen Welch and Grant and Caroline Wilsox; along with many family members and friends.  Visitation will be at Harrison Funeral Home in Naples, Thursday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Naples, at 2 p.m., under the direction of Harrison Funeral Service.  Donations in memory of Hershel may be mailed to James Bowie Alumni Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1065 or Wilder Cemetery Fund, PO Box 336 both in Naples, TX 75568.  (Location Unknown)

Whatley, John D.

WHATLEY, JOHN D                                                                       November 2, 1915 -- May 20, 2009

Graveside services for Mr. John D. Whatley, 93, formerly of Omaha, were May 23, 2009, with the Rev. Glenn Griffith officiating at Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  Mr. Whatley was born November 2, 1915, in Thrall, Texas.  He died May 20, 2009, at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center of Arlington.  He was retired from the Gulf Oil Company in Houston, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Naples and the David Elliott Masonic Lodge in Omaha, and a Navy Veteran of WWII.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Genora Whatley; a brother, Joseph s Whatley; and a sister, Margaret Hohen.  Survivors include one sister, Patricia Juckett of Plano; a sister-in-law, Josephine McCully of Mt. Pleasant; one nephew, Joseph Whatley of Dallas; and two nieces, Audrey King of Grand Prairie, and Deborah Whatley of Dallas.  (G Row 11)

Whetstone, Shawna D.

WHETSTONE, SHAWNA D.                                                         January 11, 1970 – June 8, 2009

Services for Shawna D. Whetstone, 39, of Naples, were June 13, 2009, at New Testament Baptist Church of Naples with the Rev. Joe Rochelle officiating.  Ms. Whetstone was born January 11, 1970, in Naples.  She died June 8, 2009, in Mt. Pleasant.  She attended Paul Pewitt School and was a member of New Testament Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by one brother.  Survivors include her parents, Carolyn Whetstone and Johnny Thomas of Naples; a daughter, Amber Whetstone of Naples; four brothers, Ronald Whetstone of Topeka, Kansas, Anthony Whetstone of Longview, and Billy and Darryl Whetstone of Naples; and two sisters, Elizabeth Whetstone of Naples, and Rolanda Peoples of Longview.  Burial was in Morning Star Cemetery. (Location Unknown)

Williams, Joyce Ann Jones

WILLIAMS, JOYCE ANN JONES                                               June 19, 1934 -- May 20, 2009

Services for Mrs. Joyce Ann Williams, 74, of Omaha, were May 23, 2009, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Nolan Richey officiating.  Mrs. Williams was born June 19, 1934, in Daingerfield.  She died May 20, 2009, in Tyler.  She was a retired elementary school secretary from Paul Pewitt CISD and a member of the First Baptist Church of Omaha.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Edward Jones and Arlen Richard Jones.  Survivors include her husband, Jerry Williams of Omaha; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Ronnie Daniel of Athens, and Gail and Randy Rountree of Redwater; a brother and sister-in-law, Loyd and Betty Jones of Daingerfield; two grandchildren, Braeden Roundtree of Nashville, Tennessee, and Brittany Simmons of Longview; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Burial was in Bradfield Chapel Cemetery in Daingerfield under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.  (Location Unknown)

Williams, Tinnie Batchelor

WILLIAMS, TINNIE BATCHELOR                                             December 23, 1919 – September 2, 2009

Graveside services for Mrs. Tinnie Batchelor Williams, 89, of Texarkana, Texas, formerly of Naples, were September 4, 2009, at the Omaha Cemetery under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home of Naples, with the Rev. Bryan Peck officiating.  Mrs. Williams was born December 23, 1919, in Dallas.  She died September 2, 2009, in Texarkana.  She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Williams; parents, Robert Batchelor and Winnie Lewis Batchelor Caraway; two sisters, Leona Holder and Virrihmeeth “Bro” Forsyth; and one brother, Robert Batchelor.  Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Danny L. and Karen Williams of Texarkana and David M. Williams of Austin; one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and John Page of Tyler; two grandchildren, Bryan Page and Keely Bledsoe; four great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a special friend, Patricia Hollins of Texarkana; and several other relatives.  (F Row 6)

Witt, Othalene Willett

WITT, OTHALENE WILLETT                                                    August 5, 1925 -- June 17, 2009

Othalene Witt, 83, of Omaha died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in Mount Pleasant.  A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Omaha Cemetery with the Rev. Dwaine Higgins officiating. Interment is under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home. Mrs. Witt was born on Aug. 5, 1925, in Brownwood, the daughter of Claud and Beatrice Foster Willett. She was a homemaker and a member of Rocky Branch Church of Christ.  She is survived by her husband, Morris Witt of Omaha; a brother, Berl Dean Willett of LaGrange; special friends, Randall and Sara Ranes of Omaha; and several nieces and nephews.  (K Row 3 BL 25)

 

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