JT Family Obituaries

JT68 Family Obituary Page


 

Tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me till I'm blind
But not to where I cannot see
You walkin' on the back roads
By the rivers flowin' gentle on my mind

      - Glen Campbell


 

In addition to posts that inform the JT68 website of the loss of members and guests, over the years we have also posted messages about the loss of members of a classmate's family, former teachers, and others of importance to our lives.  This page has been set up so that these notices are more easily accessed. 

A common theme for our group in discussing how we feel about the death of a loved one becomes tangible when one looks back on these posts: All have touched on the bond that remains behind after loved ones depart this mortal coil.

Although death separates us physically, faith and love bind us eternally to them in so many special ways. Though we cannot see them, we know that they are still with us in spirit; though we cannot touch them, we can still feel the warmth of their smile.

Thus as we begin a new chapter in our lives when another life reaches its final chapter, we pause to reflect upon those who have shaped our character, molded our spirits, and touched our hearts.


 

If anyone has word of the passing of a classmate, one of their family members, or a person of importance to our class, please use the Contact Us link and send us that information.  We will use your information to find the obituary (if there is one) and to locate any reliable information regarding the deceased.  

We have always relied on our classmates to make us aware of these events.  You are a main source of information and we appreciate all the help you have provided throughout the years.  

 

Initial date refers to when announcement was first posted on the website or a close approximation of that date.

 

Mar 2,2022
David Turner Posted:

Prayers and condolences for the Family of Nancy Taylor(Cooper), her dad, Everett Thurman Taylor, Jr passed away Feb 27, 2022.  Mr Taylor was a WW II US Army veteran and a 57 year employee of T.B. Butler Publishing Co.

https://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com/obituaries/Everett-Taylor-4/#!/Obituary

 

Feb 28, 2022
David Turner posted:

  Marilyn Richardson Holmes, younger sister of our deceased classmate Larry Richardson passed away Feb 12, 2022 from a lengthy illness surrounded by family.  
A celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12th, 2022 at J BAR C Cowboy Church Of Cherokee Co., 9530 FM 855, MT. Selman, TX. 75757.
https://tylerpaper.com/obituaries/marilyn-sue-richardson-holmes/article_8ff5dff9-c721-57f4-b606-36c9a74d5c1c.html

 

31 Jan 22

David Turner posted:

 Long time educator and principal at Boulter Jr High Lee Roy Pace passed away Wednesday, Jan 22, 2022 in Lindale.  Funeral arrangements are under the care of Caudle Rutledge Funeral Home in Lindale.  Graveside Services scheduled at Lindale Cemetery Feb 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

https://www.caudle-rutledge.com/obituaries/Lee-Pace/#!/Obituary  
Posted by David T on 5 Feb 22:

Mr. Pace's wife Margie passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022, just days after her husband.  Mrs Pace was also a longtime teacher and librarian with TISD.  Graveside services will be this afternoon along with Mr. Pace's, at 2:00pm today.

https://www.caudle-rutledge.com/obituaries/Margie-Pace-2/#!/Obituary

 

7 Jan 22

David Turner posted:

Sad to announce the passing of Charles Hill's sister in law and Debbie Hill's sister, Cindy Hill, on Jan 5th, 2022 from a lengthy Kidney Disease.  Cindy was preceded by husband, Sam Hill, a 1966 graduate of JT.  Arrangements are under the care of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

https://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com/obituaries/Cynthia-Dianne-Hill/?fbclid=IwAR2wjcbl7LTc_ngO2ZYflr4kmGahH8DhOc3HPgkq8sAY50vUXQxl5VNU-58#!/Obituary


 

5 Jan 22

David Turner posted:

Bruce "Doc" Grubbs, brother of Classmate Suzy Grubbs Hensley, passed away December 31, 2021. .A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 22, at 11 am, at the Cathedral in the Pines, in the Garden of Tranquility, in Tyler.   

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tyler-tx/bruce-grubbs-10510472

  


 

2021

 

28 Dec 21

David Turner posted:

 Our classmate Robert Emerick's wife Sharon passed away December 16, 2017,  Funeral Arrangements are under the care of Moore Funeral Home in Arlington, Texas.  Visitation is Dec 29, with graveside services to be held on the 30th.

https://tmp.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/arlington-tx/sharon-emerick-10492571


 

19 Dec 21

David Turner posted:

Charles C Bowker, father of our classmate Jim Bowker, passed away December 14, 2021 in Tyler.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, a private memorial service for the immediate family will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021

https://tylerpaper.com/obituaries/charles-clifford-bowker/article_7ab19ae5-c1b8-537c-aaed-83ef358b401b.html


 

16 Dec 21

David Turner posted:

 It with great saddness to announce the passing of Darrell Hutchins, husband to our classmate Shirley Horton Hutchins.  Shirley and Darrell have been residents of Nashville, TN for many years.  Darrell was a 1968 graduate of Chapel Hill High School and a US Navy Veteran.

Shirley just notified me of a change to graveside services at Tyler Memorial Park, Graveside with Military Honors will be held in Tyler Memorial Gardens in Tyler, Texas on Wednesday, December 22nd at 3:00 pm


 

11 Dec 21

Posted by Jake:

From the JT69 website:  Passing of Classmate's Husband

We received notification that on November 8, 2021, the death due to a short battle with lung cancer, of Louis Ward, Judy K. White Ward's husband of 40 years.

Please remember Judy in your prayers.


 

5 Dec 21

David Turner posted:

  Larry Ivy, 1966 Graduate of John Tyler, brother of Carl Ivy(1967) and Eddie Ivy(1969), sister Virginia(Ginger) Ivy Eaton(1970) and uncle of our Classmate Steve Cooney passed away Dec 1,2021.  Funeral arrangements are handled by Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler.

https://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com/obituaries/Larry-Ivy/#!/Obituary

Comment from Jimmy Barnett:  

Mr. Ivy was a fireman. He was stationed at the firehouse on North Broadway across from Roberts Jr Hi and the park. They lived next door to us on West Cedar St. My Brother and sisters walked to St Gregory on College with me. Steve Cooney who had the most amazing singing voice was in my class. Our 3rd grade teacher was Mrs. Cooney but not related to Steve.

We moved away following my father's army career. When we moved back I went to JTHS and there was Larry Ivy and his brothers and sister. Larry was a year ahead of me and Cooney. Carl was my age.


 

30 Nov 21

David Turner posted:

Frank Evans, husband of Patty Adair Evans passed away November 17. 2021.  Memorial Services will be held on December 4th, at 2:00 in the afternoon at Wilderness Church 117 Shelley Dr, Tyler, TX 75701.   Our thoughts and prayers are with Patty and family/

https://tylerpaper.com/obituaries/frank-edward-evans-iii/article_52dc09cc-3cce-5a60-a41e-a21a16b1cf9c.html


 

22 Oct 21

David Turner posted:

   Doug Stanley's mother passed away.  Visitation will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Tyler Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Services will also be held there Monday at 2:00 p.m. with burial immediately following at Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tyler-tx/doris-stanley-10404047


 

17 Sep 21

David Turner posted:

   
Linda Morrow, a classmate from the 1969 JT class, passed away Sept 11, 2021.  Her obit has not been posted yet, but you can view it on her FB Page, Linda Morrow Hayes.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at the Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler, Texas with Pastor Sam DeVille officiating at 10 a.m.


 

8 Aug 21

JT69 class sent out a message about the passing of Carl W. Shine.  Here is a link to his obituary:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tyler-tx/carl-shine-10298302


 

11 Jul 21

Donna Jean Tucker Gantt, JT67

Beckye reported seeing Donna Jean's name in the Tyler paper obituaries and it said that she was a graduate of Tyler High School. 

Here's her obituary link:

https://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com/obituaries/Donna-Gantt/#!/Obituary


 

1  Jun 21

From JT69:

It is with a sad heart to let you know that a  John Tyler 1969 classmate has passed. Peggy Laverne Gandy Lamb died May 27, 2021. Eubank Funeral Home, Canton is handling arrangements.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/canton-tx/peggy-lamb-10211669

Obituary of Peggy Laverne Lamb

Peggy's funeral will be held June 12, 2021, 10am at New Beginnings Baptist Church, Edom, TX.


 

20 May 21

Posted by Jake:

Our condolences to Anita whose mother, Lulu Bryant, passed away on the 15th.  She had just turned 100 on April 9th, this year.  Below is the link to her obituary:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tyler-tx/lula-bryant-10195618

If you scroll further down the page you can find a place to Add a Memory.  There are some recent pictures of her posted there.


 

22 Mar 21

Martha Christine Lyon Blalock

From Sondra Blalock Adair:  My little momma, Martha Blalock, finally quit fighting and passed away last Thursday. She was 95.
https://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com/obituaries/Martha-Blalock-2/


 

10 Mar 21

From Beverly Owens Gilley:

Mary Wright, wife of David Wright, who graduated in 1965 passed away this past Sunday.  Those of us who attended Hillcrest Baptist Church were in youth group together for many years with David.  We met Mary when David came to Tyler while he was at A&M.  


 

26 Feb 21

Susan Norris Graham asked that we post this message regarding the loss of her husband, Gary:

“Last Friday Gary was to have what was expected to be minor day surgery related to his dialysis but his heart stopped during the procedure. His body was just worn out and  was no hope for the recovery. Around  6, once Rebecca and Kevin could be there,  we let him go home to God.”

Here’s the link to the obituary. His FB page has a pictorial remembrance.

https://www.covenantfuneralservice.com/tributes/Gary-Graham

Here's Gary's FB page link:  https://www.facebook.com/gary.graham.73


 

20 Feb 21

David Turner posted:

Obituary for Gary Wood's wife Carol.

Funeral services for Carol Elaine Sucich Wood, age 72 of Lindale, TX are scheduled for 2:00 PM Friday, February 26, 2021 at Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale with Bro. Louis Mizell officiating.  Interment will follow at the Bethesda Cemetery. 

https://www.caudle-rutledge.com/obituaries/Carol-Wood-11/#!/Obituary


 

25 Jan 21

David Turner posted:

We were notified this mornng of the passing of Mrs Prater, mother of Classmate Sherry Prater in December.  The Full Obituary is on the Stewert Funeral Home site.  Here is the link:
https://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com/obituaries/Emma-Prater/


 

24 Jan 21

David Turner posted:

Johnny Wayne Portwood, JT67

  

Married to Kathy Beaty JT69, Johnny passed away 21 Jan 21.

https://tylerpaper.com/obituaries/johnny-wayne-portwood/article_df7e15f2-241c-5573-9dde-8a793271ed99.html


 

14 Jan 21

David Turner posted:

Not sure how many remembers Pat Odom.  He graduated in 66.  Pat and I were roommates in the early 70's before he moved to Dallas to continue his music career.  We were a fixture at the ole Danceland just across the County Line on 31 in Kilgore with Bocky Warrens band.

https://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com/obituaries/Patrick-Odom/

Patrick Ray Odom
Patrick Ray Odom   February 11, 1948 - January 10, 2021


 

12 Jan 21

Posted by JakeTidmore:

Our sympathies to Tommy & Vicki Neill.  Many great memories shared of one of Boulter Junior High's more popular teachers and coaches.  Below is a notice from the Tyler paper:

Coach Bill Coleman

TYLER - A memorial service will be held at a later date for Coach Bill Coleman, 94, of Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Bill was born March 21, 1926 in Josephine, Texas and passed away January 9, 2021.

https://tylerpaper.com/obituaries/coach-bill-coleman/article_305d295e-bcad-5f5b-9fdb-9af418c2d9f4.html


 

4 Jan 21

David Turner posted:

Nicholas is the son of our classmate Randy Wright that passed away in 1999.

Nicholas Wright was born November 24, 1981 and entered eternal life on December 29, 2020. He was 39 years old.  A graveside service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2021 at Larissa Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.


 

2020

 

21 Dec 20

Posted by Jake:

Got a message from Beckye that she had seen an obituary notice for LaJoyce Weeks, Alan's mother.  Here's the link to her obituary page:

https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/19316986/Lajoyce-Weeks/Chandler/Texas/Chandler-Memorial-Funeral-Home


 

17 Dec 20

JT69 lost a classmate some of you may know:  Kenny Teel.  

From JT69 website:  Ken Teel's funeral will be held December 20, 1:00 pm, Harry Myers Park, 815 E Washington St, Rockwall, TX.  Casual attire, please bring a chair or blanket. Ken died Saturday, Dec 12, 2020. Funeral arrangements by Rest Haven Funeral Home, Rockwall, TX

FYI: (FB link, 14 December entry)  Texas Health Hospital Rockwall.

If you never knew KT, you should know that above all else he was truly one-of-a-kind. He touched many lives with his kind words, warm embrace, and heart for service. He was a quiet, thoughtful and compassionate man who subtly shared his faith, knowledge, and gift of “knowing” with others far and wide. As hospital board member Alma Williams-Howard put it, "He asked for nothing, but gave so much."


 

23 Sep 20

Sharon Grimes Maynor's mother, Julia Ann Henson, passed away Sept 21, 2020, Services handled by Stewart Family Funeral Home.


 

8 Sep 20

Posted by Jake:

The JT69 class has informed its members that Pam Dark (Moncrief) passed away Sunday Sept. 6, 2020    

One of her classmates posted this message from Pam's family:

I don't have a lot a words right now but I have a lot of emotions. My mom is with Jesus. She is no longer in pain and no longer suffering. Us girls fought so hard and so long up until her last heartbeat to keep her alive. Please keep us in your prayers as we navigate the next few days in territory we just didn't want to have to explore. Hug your family. Love them well.


 

31 Aug 20

Posted by David:

Sharon Grimes Maynor's and Mike Grimes father passed away.  Arrangements are with Hilliard Funeral Home in Van.

Seth Rusty Grimes
May 20, 1927 - August 28, 2020

Obituary link:  https://www.hilliardfuneralhome.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=19953&locid=


 

26 Aug 20

Luana Slaughter Chacellor's mom, Joyce Louse Saughter, passed away 24 August 2020.  She was 93 years old.  

Obituary of {subject.fullNameWithPrefixAndSuffix}

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tyler-tx/joyce-slaughter-9324892


 

4 Aug 20

Posted by David:

Not sure if anyone saw it in the obits, but Mr. Higginbothan passed away the other day, he was 91.  I'm sure everyone remembers Chuck, a grade ahead of us.  Chuck passed away July 1967, 53 years ago.

[David - my dad occasionally did business with Mr Higginbotham and later on they both belonged to Noonday Baptist.  I remember him telling me how hard it was for Higginbotham to deal with the loss of his son.  I hope he found some peace and understanding over the years.  As always, we are thankful for you bringing this news, sad though it is, to everyone's attention. 

Here is link to his obituary:  https://tylerpaper.com/obituaries/charles-edwin-higginbotham/article_a1d5cb2f-5120-5542-9609-b8625d388673.html  The picture is exactly as I remember him when we stopped by his shop. -- Jake]


 

24 Mar 20

From Beverly Owers Gilley:

Just wanted to let those of you that knew my family.  My youngest sister, Cynthia, passed away Thursday, March 19.  She turned 59 in February.  She suffered for many years from anorexia and mental issues.  My siblings and I are still struggling with how all this happened.  Please keep us in your prayers.


 

27 Feb 20

Posted by Nancy Taylor Cooper:

Just happened to see that Mrs. Dixie Kirkpatrick, one of our English teachers at John Tyler, passed away earlier this week.  Her services were at Stewart Funeral Home.

[Thanks Nancy for letting us know about the loss of Mrs Kirkpatrick.  Below is the link to her obituary in the Tyler paper.  - Jake]

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?n=dixie-eloise-kirkpatrick&pid=195533729&fhid=6513


 

26 Feb 20

Posted by David Turner:

Not sure if anyone reads the obituaries like I do. Donnie Carter, the mother of Mike Carter, passed away Feb 9th and services held Feb 11th, resting place is Rose Hill Cemetery.  Mrs Carter's husband and Mike's dad, Lloyd, passed away a few years or so ago.

[Thanks David for letting us know about Mike's mother.  Below is a link to her obituary in the Tyler Morning Telegraph:- Jake]

https://obituaries.tylerpaper.com/obituaries/tylerpaper/obituary.aspx?n=donnie-carter&pid=195369044&fhid=6513


 

6 Feb 20

Posted by David Cates:

Hello friends from 1968, I know many of you were friends with one of our 1969 class and would join us in remembering a really great guy, especially all the football guys.  I am very sad to report that Larry Blackerby has passed away after a lengthy health issue.  Who didn't love "Sugar Bear" ? 

Larry Blackerby  Larry Blackerby, JT69

Obituary link:  https://www.rileysfuneralhome.com/obituary/Larry-Blackerby


 

2019

 

31 Dec 19

Posted by Susan Wildeisen Bryce:

My only living sibling passed away on Christmas Day. They are having his funeral mass in Saint Louis Missouri this morning. He died of a fast growing brain cancer. We had a wonderful visit in June. At that time he was perfectly healthy. It took him quickly. I will miss him. 
Be safe if you are out tonight. 
Susan Willie


 

25 Oct 19

Posted by Anita Bryant Beam:

Our condolences to Sharon Thieleman Smith on the loss of her mother.

Mrs. Birdie Mae Thieleman passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at a nursing center in Tyler.

She was born in Franklin County, Texas on February 14, 1929 to the late Dewey Frances and Lucy Lee (Pines) Roberts. Mrs. Thieleman was a longtime resident of the New Harmony Community and member of the New Harmony Baptist Church. She was a member of the Sanctuary Sunday School Class and the Comforter Ministry group. Mrs. Thieleman retired from the Tyler ISD’s Dixie Elementary in 1993 where she worked in the lunchroom.


 

29 Aug 19

Cindy Connally Grimes wrote:

Mike Brown passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019. He was born December 15, 1947 in Tyler, Texas.  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diane Swain Brown (JT68).

[Thanks Cindy.  Susan called Diane and talked with her about Bo's passing.  Bo had told his family that it had been a while since he'd been out to sit in his workshop and so off he went.  Apparently Bo passed away just after someone had checked up on him and some time later when the next person went out to see how he was doing.  Diane indicated that the shop was one of Bo's favorite places around home.- Jake]


 

25 Jun 19

Posted by Reeves:

Our condolences to Mike Hitt and his family in the loss of his sister Mary Frances Hitt (Hill).

Mary Frances Hitt Hill      1929–2019


 


 




 

27 May 19

Anita Bryant Beam wrote:

Our condolences to Cindy Payne Huggins on the death of her mother, Barbara Payne.

Barbara Sue Hand Payne, 90, passed into Glory on May 24, 2019, in her home under hospice care.  Sue was born in Tyler on May 12, 1929 and was a life long resident of the Dixie Community. 


 

20 May 19

Anita Bryant Beam wrote:

Our condolences to Jerry and Beverly Gilley on the death of his mother, Billie Gilley.

Mrs. Billie L. Beddingfield Gilley joined her husband in the arms of God on May 13, 2019. She was born November 22, 1924, in Smith County.


 

21 Apr 19

Posted by Reeves:

Some of you may remember Kay Ward who was a year ahead of us. Cecelia Kay (Ward) Alpin (1949 – 2019) She joined her Heavenly Father on April 13, 2019. She was born July 29, 1949.


 


 


 


 

28 Mar 19

Posted by Beverly Owers Gilley:

For those of you who knew my family I want to let you know that my Mom,  Katherine Ophelia Tinsley Owers passed away on Sunday, March 10.  She went peacefully to Jesus after many difficult years with Alzheimer’s.


 

16 Jan 19

Posted by Jake:

Just got a phone call from Mike Snodgrass informing us that Debbie Hunley Powell's younger sister, Susan Marie Allen, passed away on the 12th and her obituary is in the Tyler Paper:

https://obituaries.tylerpaper.com/obituaries/tylerpaper/obituary.aspx?n=susan-marie-allen&pid=191272873&fhid=12019

We extend our sympathies to Debbie and her family.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


 

2018

 

26 Nov 18

Posted by Anita:

Our condolences to Dave Sutton on the loss of his wife, Charlotte. She was born on November 7, 1957, in California and passed November 22, 2018, at the age of 61. She and David had been married 34 years.


 

22 Sep 18

Posted by Anita:

Our condolences to Vicky Watson on the death of her father, Loyd Watson. He was born in the Stapp community of Le Flore County, Oklahoma on July 12, 1923. He was number ten in a line of fourteen children born. He passed to eternal life on September 20, 2018.
His life was driven by love of family, devotion to country and a commitment to the highest levels of honesty and integrity. He had a steadfast belief in God’s grace, love, and mercy. 


 

24 Aug 18

Posted by Anita:

Our condolences to Pat Brasfield Bethancourt on the death of her mother and our former John Tyler teacher, Jacquelyn Brasfield on August 19, 2018.

“Jackie”, was born January 5, 1934 to John and Margaret Harden and passed away on August 19, 2018.  After a lengthy career in teaching including coaching volleyball in Van, leading the Blue Brigade and Cheerleaders at John Tyler High, and serving home bound students at Brownsboro, Jackie retired.  She moved to Kerrville for 5 years and then spent her final years in College Station, Texas.

She was a free spirit, a drummer, a race car driver, a joker, and a lover of laughter.  She was loved by her family and her friends, for whom she gave her all.  A teacher, a mentor and an adventurer, she was always ready to move on to a new experience, new friends, and a new life, of which she had so many.

Never giving up on a soul, she spent her spare hours visiting students who had gone astray, giving them hope and guidance for a future.  She taught her children compassion for all and to always remember that there, but for the grace of God, go I.  Having taught for countless years, a dinner out in Tyler was usually interrupted by, “Ms. Brasfield, I’m sure you don’t remember me”, at which point she would, in turn, interrupt, “Oh, yes I do.”


 

1 Aug 18

Posted by Jake:

Condolences to Linda Davenport Herman on the passing of her mother.

Bettie J. Davenport, 90, went home to her Heavenly Father on Monday, July 30, 2018. She was born January 6, 1928 in Tyler, where she lived her entire life.

Bettie attended Tyler schools, graduating from Tyler High in 1945 and later from Tyler Junior College, where she met Clyde Davenport, her husband of 66 years. They moved to Horseshoe Club Lake where she stayed for the rest of her life.


 

28 Jul 18

Posted by Anita:

Our condolences to Nadine Chandler Hollingsworth on the loss of her sister, Charlotte Ann Sanford.

Mrs. Sanford was born on March 23, 1954 in Houston and passed away on July 20, 2018 in Tyler.


 

15 Mar 18

Posted by Beverly Owers (Gilley):

For those of you that attended Mattie Jones Elementary,  Glenn Hicks died on March 10 at the age of 95.  He was the first principal at Jones.  He then moved to Gary and retired as principal of Bell.  He began teaching in Tyler at Ramey Elementary.  His wife, Carolyn Crawford Hicks, died 5 days before his passing.  She was a first grade teacher at Ramey, Pete, and Birdwell.  Brings back lots of elementary school memories.

Here is the link to his obituary:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tyler-tx/glenn-hicks-7787264


 

18 Feb 18

Posted by Jan McClain Roan:
Last nite I received word from Bill Whitt's daughter, Shirley, that Bill passed away yesterday.

Bill Whitt of Round Rock, Texas, age 86, passed away on February 17, 2018.

        For those of you reading this obituary know that Bill Whitt is in the arms of Jesus.  He was born August 12, 1931 in Gatesville, Texas.

Sondra Blalock (Adair) added:

I told Dr. Whitt in an email a couple of years ago that my two favorite memories of his 7th grade Texas history class was that for “punishment”, he would make people hold books with their arms extended. It always ended in laughter. And one day he asked Betty Moffitt to tell him the difference in the Senate and House of Representatives. Betty’s wit was nearly as dry as his, and she looked up a him and said, “They’re spelled different.”


 

15 Feb 18

Posted by Judy Driggers Mabry:

Condolences to classmate Charlie Brewster and family on the passing of his sister.

Rsbecca Jane "Becky" Waldrop (5/4/52 - 2/7/18)


 

11 Feb 18

Posted by Jake:

Got a message from Beckye that Pam Fitts Dawson's dad, George Benjamin "Buddy" Fitts, 96 of Tyler, passed away on February the 8th. 


 

3 Feb 18

Posted by Judy M:

Gay Nelle Walker's husband:  Paul Paresky, 70, of Bryan, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018.  Life Celebration Services have been entrusted to Hillier Funeral Home, Bryan, TX.

Here's link to Paul's obituary page if you wish to leave a condolence message:

http://www.hillierfuneralhome.com/tributes/Paul-Paresky


 

24 Jan 18

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to classmate Laurie Cirey Williams on the passing of her mother

Beckye (Sheets) Jacobs sent me a note that she had seen where a Leta Cirey (November 30, 1928 - January 22, 2018) had passed away.

Her dad, Bob Cirey, passed away in February 2008.  Here's link to the obit:

http://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com/obituaries/Leta-Cirey/#!/TributeWall


 

24 Jan 18

Posted by Judy M:

Mrs. Natalie Rene Bass passed from this life Saturday morning, January 20, 2018, at her home in Santa Fe. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Cheryl (Gregory) Slaton (JT68).

Born December 9, 1972 in Joliet, Illinois, Natalie had been a resident of Santa Fe since 2013, previously of Clear Lake and Lindale, Texas. She was a member of Salt Grass Cowboy Church in Santa Fe, loved her family and her animals and enjoyed being with her friends in the motocross community, cooking and gardening.

 

 

10 Jan 18

Beckye Jacobs Sheets wrote:

FYI:  Gary Whitehead's dad passed away and the funeral will be tomorrow.  Visitation tonight  at Memorial Funeral Home in Tyler.

Joseph Leon Whitehead

NOVEMBER 16, 1926 – JANUARY 7, 2018

Obituary of Joseph Leon Whitehead

 

2017


22 Dec 17

Posted by Jake

Condolences also for Linda Fouts Nelson who lost her grandmother, "Aggie", last week.  Here is the obituary: Agnes Lottie Reasons, 101, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away, Friday, December 15, 2017 in Blue Springs, Missouri.


 

20 Dec 17

Jake posted:

Jeanie Brookshire's mother, Frances Caskey, passed away last week.  Our condolences to Jeanie and all her family.

Frances Louise Caskey, 97, of Tyler passed away on Wednesday, December 13. She was born July 8, 1920. Louise married Charles "Bud" Caskey, on October 7, 1938 and raised four children; Clifford Caskey, Shirley Warner, Jeanie Brookshire and Barbara Caskey. 


 

22 Oct 17

Posted by Judy M:

Bobbie Helen Sewell, 86, of Tyler, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Tyler.
She was born July 15, 1931 in Sulphur Springs.
Bobbie was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Henderson. She was a long time employee at the Jewel Box and a teacher’s aide at John Tyler High School.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband Frank Sewell, Jr.; son, Mike Sewell (JT68); two brothers, Bill and Dwayne Glover.


 

19 Oct 17

Posted by Jake:

Just got a note from the JT Class of '69 that Eddie L. Ivy passed away Tuesday October 17th after a lengthy illness.  Visitation will be Saturday and the funeral will be Sunday October 22nd.  

Here is a link to his obituary:

  http://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com/obituaries/Eddie-Ivy/#!/Obituary


 

18 Aug 17

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to classmate Alan Weeks on the passing of his father

Harold Loyd Weeks, 90, passed away August 15, 2017 in Chandler. He was born June 11, 1927. He served in the US Navy from November 30, 1945 to September 13, 1947. He retired from Kelly Springfield after 27 years. He also worked for Texaco for 11 years and worked part time at ABC Auto Parts.

Survivors include wife of 67 years, LaJoyce Weeks; sons, Alan and John Weeks; daughter, Laurie Maddox.....

 

11  Aug 17
Posted by Jake by request:
Condolences to Evelyn Crayton Tave on loss of her brother
Robert W. Crayton, 70, Tyler died August 9, 2017 at his residence. He was born November 22, 1946 in Athens, TX and was a lifetime resident of Tyler, TX.
He was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church. He retired from Carrier Air Conditioner Company and served in the U.S. Army and the Naval Reserve.

 

1 Jun 17

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Pam Hogenmiller Roberts on the death of her sister-in-law


 


 



Anne Elizabeth Roberts, 70, of Chandler was born on November 20, 1946 in Tyler and passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by family and friends, on Sunday May 21, 2017.


 

5 May 17

Posted by Linda Higginbotham Marshall:

I'm sorry to tell you this, but Carolyn Stagner passed away less than a month ago. So sorry. She was a sweet and precious friend and coworker.

Carolyn Stagner was Stuart Stagner's mother and Sue Ann's mother-in-law.  She passed away 29 March 2017. Carolyn was a teacher at Ramey Elementary.  She was 86 years old at her passing.


 

11 Apr 17

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Jim Burton family om the passing of his father
James Strickland "Strick" Burton (6/5/1918 - 4/8/2017)

 


30 Mar 17

Posted by Jake:

The class of 1969 lost Mary Beth Stanley after a 2 year battle with cancer.  Services were held on the 28th.  David Cates, JT69 admin, posted the announcement late last week.


 

27 Feb 17

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences for Roger Hawes and family on the passing of his mother

Dollie Frances Hawes, 88 of Chandler, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in Tyler. Dollie, a homemaker, was born on March 17, 1928. She grew up and attended school in Tyler. Following school she met and married, Herbert C. Hawes on February 25, 1948, in Tyler. She raised four children and was a member of Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church.

 


2016
 

25 Dec 16
Added by Jake:

Condolences to Judy Driggers Mabry on loss of her aunt
Leila Faye Driggers Scoggin, 91, of Tyler, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 in Tyler.

She was a great "Aunt" and loved her family, she had a big family, and loved being around people. Leila enjoyed life, her favorite quote was "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." She was loved by everyone close to her. Our lives have been touched because we have walked a special walk together, because we mattered to you, because we are friends, because you have given us courage, because you cared, and we love you.


17 Nov 16

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences for classmate Diane Swain Brown and her family in the loss of her mother

Berniece (Williams) Swain, 92 of Tyler, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Palestine. Mrs. Swain, a retired sales representative, was born on December 13, 1923 in Ben Wheeler. 


 

8 Nov 16

Posted by Judy M.

Condolences for classmate Russell Martin and his family in the loss of his mother

Marie Martin, 92 of Tyler, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 in Tyler. She was born November 27, 1923 in Albany, Texas.



 

28 Sep 16

Posted by Judy M:

Classmate Kenneth Bagget's wife Mary Larue Baggett age 61, died a few days ago. Mrs. Baggett was born on Dec 5, 1954 in Tyler and passed away on Sept 24, 2016 in Tyler, She lived in Tyler most of her life living briefly in Houston, she attended Robert E. Lee high school and was a homemaker. 

 


30 Aug 16

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences for classmate Lillie Fisher Lozier and her family in the loss of her father
Barney Cecil Fisher, 94, passed away on August 29, 2016 at the Watkins Logan Veterans Home in Tyler. He was born January 29, 1922 in Lufkin, Texas.  He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and received a purple heart medal and the Silver Star Medal. He was a self employed brick mason and was a Baptist.


 

20 Jun 16

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to classmate Anita Bryant Beam on the death of her husband, James “Bruce” Beam.. 
Bruce was born September 19, 1948 in Tyler and passed away on 20 June 2016 at home. Bruce is survived by his wife of 19 years, Anita Beam. 

Prayers for Anita and the family.  - Susan Bryce

Blessed are those who cherish the sacred memory of those who walk with us no more, having achieved serenity in the knowledge that bereavement comes only where love abides. Out of sorrow shall come understanding; through sorrow you are joined with all that live. - a benediction for Anita and the memory of Bruce, her beloved husband and friend.  -- Jake


 

31 May 16

Posted by Anita B:

Earlier in the month, we also lost a John Tyler teacher, Tommy Young.
Our condolences to his family. He was 86 years old.

Tommy began his teaching career in Jacksonville, Texas as a teacher and coach at East Side Elementary school. He and his wife moved to Tyler where they both taught at the old Tyler High School, and then Tommy went to the new John Tyler High School where he taught Fundamentals of Math, Geometry and Algebra for a total of 39 years as a teacher. 


 

31 May 16

Posted by Anita B:

Our condolences to Bruce and Melonie Stanley on the loss of Bruce's brother, Bob.
Robert Lynn "Bob" Stanley was born on October 13, 1951, in Tyler. He passed away on May 10, 2016, in Katy at the age of 64. 


 

4 May 16

Posted by Judy M:

Classmate Cheryl Gregory Slaton's mother passed away. Doris Jewell Gregory Kennedy went to be with the Lord on April 30, 2016 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. She was born May 20, 1921 in Dallas.


 

3 May 16

Posted by Judy M:

Thomas Evans, husband of classmate Marilyn passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in Tyler. Thomas was born on June 19, 1944 in Alba.


 

14 Apr 16

Posted by Beckye:

Saw in the paper this morning that Marguerite McCallie passed away.  She taught English at Boulter when we all passed through.  I had her for choir.  So many folks moving on these days. 

Jan McClain (Roan) added: Thanks to those of you who remember Marguerite McCallie.  She truly was a dedicated teacher and regardless of whether she was teaching music or language arts sought perfection in all she did.  The last time I saw her she was playing the organ at the Baptist Church near John Tyler and was still a beautiful lady. 

Here is link to Mrs McCallie's obituary:

http://obituaries.tylerpaper.com/obituaries/tylerpaper/obituary.aspx?n=marguerite-mccallie&pid=179605319&fhid=6512

 

7 Mar 16

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Jimmy Barnett on the loss of his mother

Adrienne Louise Long Barnett, 86, died peacefully in her sleep in Austin on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Adrienne was born in Shreveport Louisiana on March 2, 1930. She spent her early years in Louisiana before moving to Mineola, Texas. It was in Mineola that she met the love of her life James Paul Barnett. They were married in January 1949 and remained together until his death in 1997.

 

26 Jan 16

Posted by Judy:

Robbie messaged me about Ellen Weaver. She went to John Tyler her sophomore year and some of you may remember her.  Her maiden name was McCoy.
Services for Ellen Weaver, 66, of Kilgore, was born January 16, 1950, in Vidor and passed away January 22, 2016, in Kilgore.

 

24 Jan 16

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences for Reed Jones's family in loss of their mother: Lila Lee Kirby Jones Kiser, 92, of Tyler was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on November 2, 1923 and passed away 22 January 2016. She was a homemaker and volunteer nursery worker. She loved animals, especially her cats and enjoyed working with her flowers and gardening. 

 

21 Jan 16

Posted by Beverly Owers Gilley:
For those of you that attended Hillcrest Baptist Church and/or went to Jones Elementary and knew my siblings, I wanted to let you know that my oldest sister,Rebecca , passed away Friday, January 8 from a long battle with cancer.  She graduated from JT in 1964 and taught at the new JT during the seventies.

 

2015

 

11 Nov 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Beckye Jacobs Sheets on the loss of her mother.
Mrs. Gwan Jacobs passed away on Monday, November 9, 2015 in Tyler.  She was born December 2, 1927 in Center.
Gwan was a member of Central Baptist Church in Tyler for over 30 years before becoming a faithful member of Green Acres Baptist Church for some thirty years. She was born and raised in Center and graduated from Center High School. She helped her future husband Bob start the Central Baptist Church in Center. They moved to Tyler in 1950 and she attended Tyler Junior College, studying computer science and worked in accounting until retirement.

 

23 Sep 15

Posted by David Turner:

If anyone remembers Barry Mayo from a grade behind us, he past away last night as a result of a Motorcycle accident on State Park Hwy and I-20.

From the JT69 website, Barry Mayo's In Memoriam page:

"Barry was on his motorcycle and a car pulled out in front of him.  He took the bike down to avoid a hit but some how he did not make it. 
DPS officials say that the preliminary crash investigation has revealed that an unknown Ford Expedition pulling a utility trailer turned onto FM 14 from a private driveway. The driver of the Ford failed to yield the right of way to the motorcycle, a 2006 Harley Davidson being driven by Mayo. 
The Ford Expedition did not make contact with the the motorcycle. However, the motorcycle laid down and skidded on its side, traveling southbound on FM 14. DPS says they do not know which direction the SUV went after the incident, and also do not know whether the driver knew what had happened."

 

18 Sep 15

Posted by Anita:

Our condolences to Dwight Butler on the loss of his mother, Dorothy Jean Butler.


On Sept. 13, 2015, at The Hospice of East Texas HomePlace, Mrs. Dorothy Jean Butler passed away. She was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Rosston, Arkansas. She graduated from Laneburg High School where she loved to play basketball.

 

26 Aug 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Randy Gilbert and family on the loss of his brother Mike.

David Michael “Mike” Gilbert was born March 10, 1947 in Tyler, Texas to the late Loy Julius Gilbert and Alice Mahala Bevens Gilbert. He passed away at the age of 68 on August 22, 2015 in Tyler. 
He was an avid historian who made learning about history fun. He was a collector of historical artifacts, specializing in WWI and WWII eras, two Model A’s and several military vehicles. He enjoyed reenacting WWII battles and hosted many reenactments at his farm in Van Zandt County. He was a member of the East Texas Piney Woods Military Vehicle Preservation Association.

 

18 Aug 15

Posted by Judy M:

Just got word that Coach Stidger passed away last night at the age of 98.  His funeral will be Friday at 1:00 at Burks Walker Tippett.   Prayers for his family!


While in high school, Johnny quarterbacked the Amarillo Sandies, where they won the State Championship in 1934, recording a 15-0 record. He was awarded the MVP of the State championship game. In 1935 he was on the inaugural Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star winning team, again the MPV of the contest. He then attended Southern Methodist University on a football scholarship, where he was the quarterback. He also lettered in baseball. He received his Bachelors at SMU and his Masters in Education from Stephen F. Austin University.
During WWII, he built P-51 Mustang Fighters at North American Aviation in Grand Prairie. Returning to his love, football, Coach Stidger, as he was affectionately known, served at several school districts before being appointed as Head Football Coach at John Tyler High School in Tyler from 1958-1969. In 2014 Coach Stidger was inducted into the Tyler I.S.D. Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Tyler for over sixty years.

 

10 Aug 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Susan Norris Graham and family on the loss of their mother.

Joan Prestridge Norris, 90, our loving mother went home to heaven on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Tyler.
She was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Tyler. Joan was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Tyler where she and her husband ministered to college students and young couples over the years. She retired as Assistant to the Registrar at Tyler Junior College.

 

19 Jul 15

Posted by Anita:

I can't remember if anyone has mentioned that Mr. Marsh was still the band director at Boulter when y'all were there, but I'm assuming he was. If not, correct me.


Carl James Marsh, 87 of Tyler, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 16, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Carl was born in Annona in Red River County on Nov. 24, 1927.
He graduated from Avery High School and received his B Med from East Texas State Teacher's College in Commerce. He completed his M Med at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army, 5th Armored Division and 199th Army Bands 1950 to 1952. Carl retired in 1985 from TISD after 37 years of teaching at DeKalb, Grapeland, Chapel Hill and Tyler schools.

 

19 Jun 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Kay Jewett and family on the loss of her sister


Patricia Lee Bolton passed away on June 15, 2015. She was one of the first babies born at the new Medical Center Hospital in Tyler on Feb. 15, 1952. She was lovingly known as "Pitty Pat" to friends, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

 

9 Jun 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Mike Coke and family in the loss of his mother


Dolores Strong passed away on June 4, 2015, after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 3, 1929, in Huntsville Texas. She was a 65-year member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. She retired in 1984 from ARCO as an executive secretary after 25 years.
Dolores was a woman of remarkable courage, wisdom, strength and thoughtfulness; a true, caring friend to all who knew her. She was a past volunteer for many charities and organizations for which she gave selflessly of her time, talent and money. She enjoyed gardening and had quite the green thumb.

 

26 May 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Linda Davenport Herman on the loss of her sister


Dianne D. Rex passed away after a lengthy illness on Friday, May 22, 2015, at The Hospice of East Texas. She was born July 31, 1948.
Dianne was a faithful member and worker at First Baptist Church in Tyler for many years, serving others in various capacities. She attended Tyler public schools, graduating from John Tyler and Tyler Junior College. She earned a business degree from Stephen F. Austin University and was in business with her husband for 36 years. Dianne was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed many activities with her family such as water and snow skiing, traveling, cooking and especially dancing.

 

21 May 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Michelle Sobel on the loss of her mother

Thelma Sobel passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Tyler. She was a lifelong member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, where she was a member of the sisterhood, Haddasah, and was always ready to help prepare food or assist with whatever was needed for the many events in the community.

She was born in Tyler on March 31, 1924. Mrs. Sobel worked at Camp Fannin during World War II. She met her husband, Hershel, in 1948 and they were married three months later. They were merchants for more than 50 years in Tyler as owners of Sobel's AAA Floor Co. Thelma worked side by side with her husband and both were well respected in the community.

 

21 May 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Nancy Taylor Cooper on the loss of her sister

Mary Getz passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015, at her home in Carrollton, surrounded by family. She was born Dec. 2, 1952, in Hearne.
Mary went to Barbazon Modeling School, attended TJC and was an executive secretary at several Fortune 500 companies, retiring from Nestle. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling - and sending postcards to her grandkids at every destination was a must. She also enjoyed oil painting, designing and home renovation. Above all else, her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren who lovingly called her "Mimi."

 

14 Apr 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Fran Spivey Sealy and family on loss of her mother

Nadine Spivey, 86, of Tyler, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Tyler. She was born Sept. 24, 1928.
She was a dedicated employee, and loved her work and her clients very much. After nearly 60 years of working, she retired at age 83, not because she wanted to but from a broken wrist. She outlived many of her clients. The clients she still had have said wonderful things about who she was as a person. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

 

22 Mar 15

Added by Jake:

Condolences to Matt Bice on passing of his sister
Donna Kay Bice Gammon, age 66, of Tyler, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, at The Hospice of East Texas. She was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Seminole to Austeen "Chuck" Bice Sr. and Jimmie Kimberlin Bice.

 

19 March 15

Posted by Anita:

Our condolences to Betsy Parris Schroeter on the loss of her husband, Gerald.

Gerald F. Schroeter, 71, of Ellenwood, GA, went to be with the Lord on March 17, 2015, after a prolonged illness. He was born on January 6, 1944 in Aliance, Ohio.
Always up for a challenge, Gerald and Betsy were instrumental in organizing and starting the soccer association in Henry County in the late 1980s and 1990s. 
While being a telephone employee was his vocation, his passion was playing Santa to hundreds of children and families for over 20 years. Nothing pleased him more than keeping the spirit of Christmas alive in the hearts of his friends and family and the children with whom he visited each year.

 

6 Mar 15

Posted by Cindy Connally Grimes

A classmate of jths1968 passed away yesterday at 5:00 in Tyler. Kathy McGinnis Byers ~ From what she said, she attended 10th grade at JT.

 

9 Feb 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Sue Ann Stagner on loss of her mother


Marie Barnes, 90, of Lindale, passed away Feb. 5, 2015. She was born on Dec. 23, 1924, in Hardy, Arkansas. She worked in the retail industry, was a homemaker and a Baptist. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her lightheartedness and wonderful cooking.

 

23 Jan 15

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Reed Jones on the loss of his wife


Jana Jones passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler. She was born Oct. 6, 1947, in Tyler.
Jana was a member of First Baptist Church of Tyler and was the president of the Women's Golf Association at The Cascades. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin and was a teacher with Tyler Independent School District for 32 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, playing golf and traveling with her husband.

 

14 Jan 15

Carolyn Hulsey's dad passed away yesterday morning.

 

John Henry Hulsey, age 89, passed away at his Tyler home, after a short illness, on January 13, 2015.
John served in the United States Navy in the Korean Conflict in the Sea Bees (Construction Batallion). He was a member of the Sharon Temple Shriners an entrepreneur businessman, and owner of Lone Star Donut Shop on Broadway in Tyler. He liked nothing more than spending time with his family and watching his Thoroughbred race horses run. John was a polio survivor in 1957 and used his archery skills to compete competitively. He was a self-taught musician who played the guitar and piano and formed several country bands.

 

2014

 

20 Dec 14

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences for Betty Weatherly on the loss of her mother.

Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Weatherly, 95, of Tyler, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Tyler. She was born Aug. 15, 1919, in Tyler. She was a lifelong resident of Tyler, a homemaker and housewife and member of Life Point Fellowship Church in Tyler, formerly Dixie Baptist Church.

 

18 Dec 14

Posted by Judy M:

Wanted to post this as many of you probably remember John who was a senior when we were sophmores and he is also Jeanette Itria Womack's brother-in-law.  He and Susie (his wife) were Mr. and Miss JTHS in 1966.


John M. Harrison III, 67, of Tyler, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.
John's greatest accomplishment was his love for his family and friends. He treated each person he met with kindness and respect. He will be forever missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.

 

6 Dec 14

Posted by Jan Roan McClain

My son, Kent, just called to tell me that Joe McClain, father of my children, died around noon today.  If he could not get well, I am grateful that it was relatively fast.  Thanks again and love to all of you.  Jan

 

20 Nov 14

Posted by Judy M:

This is Betty Weatherly Camp's mother-in-law!

Gwyne Adams Rudd, 84, of Tyler, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Gilmer. She was a cancer survivor who volunteered her time to help others by taking them to treatment or sharing her story of recovery from her personal walk with cancer. She was also a founding member of the Tyler Yacht Club, as well as past president of the East Texas Medical Center Auxiliary, The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and the Texas A&M Mother's Club.

 

3 Nov 14

Posted by Nancy Taylor Cooper:

My grandaughter Kennedy Grace Cooper died in her sleep early Saturday of complications of Trisomy 9 mosaicism, a rare chromosomal disorder. She would have been 18 months old this week. She was a warrior princess.

 

25 Sep 14

Added by Jake:

Condolences to Robert Hearon on loss of his brother

Charles Mitchell Hearon, 67, of Sugar Land, died Sept. 23, 2014. He was born Feb. 20, 1947, in Tyler to Charles Calvin Hearon and Gracie Mae Bonner.
He graduated from John Tyler High School and graduated from Tyler Junior College. He married Deborah Howard on June 21, 1982, and retired in 2013 from his job as a CAD piping designer for the petrochemical industry.

 

15 Sep 14

Posted by Jake:

Thanks to Beckye Jacobs Sheets for passing this on to us.  This is Erby's mom.


Brownie Eikner, 87, of Tyler, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Tyler. Mrs. Eikner grew up in the Liberty Hill community and graduated from Tyler High School. Brownie and her late husband, Erby Eikner Jr., were longtime, faithful members of Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church.
Brownie enjoyed her daily morning coffee visits with her son, Erby Glenn, and regular visits from grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She stayed in contact with numerous nieces and nephews, friends and family.

 

26 Aug 14

Posted by Anita:

Our condolences to David & Betty Hubbard on the loss of Betty's father, Jack Beard.


Jack Beard, 99, passed away 23 August 2014. Pappy had a green thumb and could always be found planting, pulling weeds or just "playing in the dirt," providing tomatoes, peas, squash and other produce for the entire family and all his friends. Although his sight prevented him from gardening in his later years, we have faith he is already plowing up his fall patch in Heaven and it will be a harvest fit for the King!

 

4 Aug 14

Posted by Susan Wildeisen Bryce:

My brother Clif (Sonny) Wildeisen passed away this morning quitely in his sleep. The cancer was very fast and he did not suffer. Which I am so grateful for. I had gone and seen him right after the 4th and spent  some quality time with him. He will be missed by me and my family and his daughter Karen and 3 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts during this time.

Willie

 

26 July 14

Posted by Judy M:

Condolences to Marilyn Werner Mowris on loss of her mother

Sarah "Ruth" Shank Werner, age 92, of Tyler, went to her heavenly home about 4 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, quietly in her sleep. She had retired from Ruth's Drapery Shop where she custom made drapes, then retired from Ruth's Porcelain Dolls where she was proficient in pouring and painting the dolls. As an accomplished seamstress she dressed all her dolls. Moving on as a seamstress, she took up quilting where she pieced numerous tops and many she hand-quilted, making quilts for many loved ones including all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed as the precious Godly woman she was, who dearly loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved all, and always had a smile and kind word for those around her. 

 

18 Jul 14
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Pam Wyatt on the death of her mother, Wanda Wyatt Caffey.

Wanda Wyatt Caffey, 87, of Chandler, died July 16, 2014, in Tyler. She was born July 15, 1927, in Cayuga. 

 

11 Jul 14
Posted by Jake:
We're now in Tyler and going to the funeral tomorrow of our last remaining uncle on our father's side of the family (C.W. Tidmore in Athens).  And immediately after the services tomorrow, we're heading back to LR.  Sorry to my Lion friends we didn't have time to see this trip but circumstances just didn't work out.


25 May 14
Posted by Jake:
Received a message from Wanda Rose about her mother's passing late in 2013.  Here is the obituary from the Tyler paper: Mrs. Laverna Rose, 88, Tyler, died Dec. 20, 2013, at Mother Frances Hospital.

She was born Nov. 3, 1925, in Corsicana. She was a graduate of Emmett J. Scott High School. She attended the Women's League, was a TAC choir member, sang with the Gospel Keynotes and was a church choir member.

 

20 May 14

Posted by Reeves:
Yesterday, our neighbor Phil across the street and 3 houses up, was killed in a head on collision.  Small consolation it wasn’t his fault.  Today would have been his 80th birthday.  The Cove folks are already grieving the soon to be fact that another dear neighbor, Bill, will die in the next few days.  Bill lives directly across the street.  He lost his beloved wife Hester just a month before we arrived at Saturday Cove.  Bill is a large man and arthritic as well.  Since getting to know him I always carried his groceries in – I could do in one trip that which would take him possibly four trips up and down steps.  I like Bill … interesting man with a loud laugh, a big smile, a twinkle in his eye and a greeting for everyone.

Last Thanksgiving he had to go into the hospital for pneumonia when they discovered non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  He began chemo and just in March was in remission.  However, the last few weeks he was becoming weaker.  Neighbor Dana and I had to pick him up out of the yard a couple of times.  Last week he got the news that the lymphoma is back with a vengeance.  He opted to try stronger chemo even though his doctor said it was only a 20% chance that it would buy him time.  Again Dana and I assisted several days in getting him in and out of the car and house for his appointments.  His legs simply had no strength left.

Today they began hospice. 

I know death is a fact of life, but two so close by is heartbreaking.  Thanks for listening. 


11 Apr 14
Posted by Reeves:
Below is the obituary for the mother of our deceased classmate, Susan Shank.  Christine and JW Shank opened their home to many of us, and I remember good times.

Mildred Christine Shank

She was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Tyler. Christine went to be with her Heavenly Father on April 8, 2014, in Tyler.


6 Apr 14
Posted by David Turner:
Good Morning All,  for any Marsh Elementary folks, Ms Guest past away and visitation will be this Thursday.  She was my 5th grade teacher at Marsh.  She also taught at Douglas but I believe it was after our elementary years.

Eva Grace (Knight) Guest went home to her Lord and Savior on April 1, 2014. Born July 18, 1915 in Commerce, the daughter of original pioneer families in Hunt County, she and her siblings were among the first students at Normal College in Commerce. Evelyn moved to Tyler with her children in 1955 to teach in the Tyler Independent School District. She taught at Marsh and Douglas Elementary schools. Mrs. Guest retired in 1983 and later moved to Douglas, Wyoming in 2006 to live with her daughter.
 

27 Mar 14
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Grant Rozell in the loss of his father.

Ulysess Grant "U.G." Rozell Jr. passed away March 24, 2014, at The Hospice of East Texas. U.G. was a member of University Church of Christ.
Mr. Rozell was the owner of Henderson Glass Co. and was a prominent businessman in the community. He was a member of the Tyler Jaycees, Kiwanis Club and a Master Mason at St. John's Lodge, No. 53, as well as a lifelong resident of Tyler. He was also a veteran of the Army Air Corps, proudly serving his country during World War II as a navigator and radio operator.
Mr. Rozell enjoyed frequent trips to Colorado, fishing and hunting and spending time with his family. He also had a love for photography and always looked forward to the beautiful Azalea and Spring Flower Trail.



12 Feb 14
Posted by Reeves:
We just received this from Donna Reel Green - our heartfelt sympathy to Donna and family.

I am grieving for the loss of my husband of 41-1/2 years, Bobby Joe Green. He lost his struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. He was a tremendous figure in our family and will be very much missed. Please remember us in your prayers.


6 Feb 14
Posted by Christi Sides Roberts:
Lottie Mae Wills had passed away just a couple of days ago.  She was fellow JT classmates,  Butch and Jake Will's mother and was either 97 or 98.  I haven't seen her obituary in the paper yet.

Paula Stephenson Jackson added: I saw Lottie Mae Wills' obit on facebook yesterday - she was Bill Durham's aunt as well.

Beverly Owers Gilley added: Lottie's obituary in Tyler paper today.  We attended Colonial Hills together for many years and I received her blessings to take over food service for the church!  She was a great lady.  

 

25 Jan 14
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Sondra and family in the loss of her father

Joe W. Blalock, 86, of Tyler died on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
Mr. Blalock was a longtime, active member and deacon of First Baptist Church, Tyler, and served in the youth division in various capacities for 30 years. He and his wife, Martha, worked for many years as group leaders in Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girls with two different groups. He was active in PTA at Ramey, Boulter and John Tyler and was awarded a life membership in the Texas PTA while serving as president of the John Tyler association. Active in civic activities, he was a member of the Optimist and Lion Clubs at various times and was a 30-year member of the Downtown Tyler Rotary Club.

 

13 Jan 14
Posted by Reeves:
Wilma Jean Luce - Mother of Wendell Eads

Jean passed away peacefully in her sleep the evening of Jan. 9, 2014.

Jean grew up in a loving, Christian family and had a happy childhood on a simple country farm. Before graduating from Blevins High School in 1942, she had begun to develop her inherited love and talent for music. She was selected to sing in the Glee Club trio, and she learned to play the mandolin, xylophone and banjo in the band. Especially gifted at the piano, Jean taught herself how to play any tune by ear. She shared her musical talents throughout her life, not only with family and friends, but also by singing in church choirs, serving as song leader and pianist in Sunday school classes, and as guest pianist for several retirement homes and civic organizations in her community.

 

2013

 

29 Dec 13
Posted by Reeves:
Sharon Kay Garrett – Gary Roye's sister

Sharon Kay Garrett, age 62, of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, in Tyler.

 

23 Nov 13

Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Gerhard on the loss of his Tyler Dad, Tom Mallory.


A lifelong resident of Smith County, Thomas Earl Mallory, 89, passed away peacefully Nov. 21, 2013, at The Hospice of East Texas.

During World War II he served in the Eighth Army Air Force in England and, decades later, attended several 486th bomb group reunions, including one this fall. He and wife of 66 years, Betty, were longtime members of Wesley Unit-ed Methodist Church. Many knew him as a barber for decades and owner of Tom's Barber Shop. He was also widely known as a western swing musician. Music became his passion as a boy, playing guitar to his dad's fiddle at house parties during the Depression. As a teenager he played guitar and sang with local musicians who later became country legends.

After retirement, Tom formed a band, which still plays as the Texas Swingers, in which he played until his recent illness. He was never happier than when on stage. The pinnacle of his musical career came in May when he was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. In music, family, church and country, Tom Mallory's was a life well lived.


 

18 Nov 13
Posted by Jake
On the passing of Ronnie Shiflet's sister

Jean Shiflet Sudduth, 84, of Tyler passed away Nov. 15, 2013, at ETMC in Tyler. Jean was a volunteer for Mother Frances Hospital for 28 years, greeting everyone who came by the information desk with a smile. She had a spiritual gift of serving people. Jean loved like no other her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


 

11 Nov 13
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Bazer Ray (Dunn) in the loss of her mother. 

Mrs. Ruby Jack Williams, 94, Tyler, died Nov. 7, 2013, at Mother Frances Hospital. She was born May 11, 1919, in Athens where she lived until moving to Tyler 54 years ago. She was a retired caregiver and a member of College Hill Missionary Baptist Church where she served in various capacities on Senior Mission/Usher Board, Women's Choir, on Kitchen Committee and in other capacities. She loved to quilt.


 

8 Nov 13
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Melva Whitmore Hart on the loss of her father-in-law, Henry Hart, Jr.


Henry Hart Jr., 88, Tyler, died Nov. 5, 2013, at Briarcliff Nursing Center.
He was born June 19, 1925, in Chandler and was a resident of Smith County for more than 70 years. He attended Chandler schools, and was a member of Church of the Living God, PGT on Palace Avenue, where he served as chairman of the deacon board, was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Male Chorus. He retired from TXU.


 

4 Nov 13
Posted by Jake:
Our condolences to Linda Fout Nelson on the loss of her mother, Rexie Irene Fout, 79, on November 2, 2013.
Rexie was the owner and operator of Irene Quilts and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She loved her family and friends and never met a stranger. Her smile was contagious and she was strong in her faith. Rexie enjoyed helping others and always put them first. She enjoyed working in her garden and cooking for her family and friends. Rexie loved sewing and making quilts for her family and taught many people to sew, so her sewing legacy will live on through others. 


 

17 Oct 13
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Mike Oliver on the loss of his mother

Mary Christine Oliver, 84, of Tyler, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Tyler. She was born June 3, 1929, in Scroggins. She had lived in East Texas most all her life and worked for Smith County tax office. She retired from Tyler Junior College as tax collector. She was a Baptist. 


13 Oct 13
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to David Sutton on the loss of his father, Lester Sutton, on October 11, 2013.


January 17, 1918 - October 11, 2013

Lester L. Sutton, 95 of Tyler, Sutton passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013, in Tyler. Mr. Sutton was very proud of his military service, serving 4 years, 8 months and 24 days during WWII. He proudly served with the 174th Field Artillery Battalion in five battle campaigns; Normandy, Rhineland, Battle of the Bulge, Central Europe and Southern France. Mr. Sutton retired from the Cotton Belt Railroad. He was a loving father, husband and grandfather who was loved by all who knew him.


 

9 Oct 13
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Linda Davenport Herrman on the loss of her father, Clyde Davenport.


September 5, 1923 - October 8, 2013

Clyde was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Tyler and a member of the CIA Sunday school class. Following his service in the US Army Air Corp, Clyde attended TJC where he played basketball. Clyde served in WWII in England, France and Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. He was owner and operator of the Optical House and he taught ophthalmic dispensing at TJC for 14 years. Clyde loved the outdoors and water sports such as scuba diving. He lovingly and patiently taught his children and grandchildren how to water ski. Every Saturday was spent with his family on Lake Tyler enjoying the water sports he loved. He was also a member of HAMM at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.


 

3 Oct 13
Posted by Jake:
Condolences on the loss of Susan Sessions Poe's mother:

Dorothy Sue Pinkerton Sessions, age 82, of Nacogdoches passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. She was born in Tyler on Aug. 18, 1931. Dorothy graduated from Tyler Junior College where she was a Tyler Rose Princess, and The University of Texas at Austin. Her graduate studies continued at the University of Colorado Teacher's College and then East Texas Baptist University. She taught school in New London and Hallsville where she was the basketball coach. She went on to work in Marshall and later retired from the Texas Attorney General's Office.


 

21 Sep 13
Posted by Jake:
Condolences for Dennis Head on the loss of his father

Forest Delmo Head, 93, of Tyler was born May 1, 1920, in Greenville and passed away Sept. 20, 2013, in Tyler. He served his country while in the United States Army during World War II. Forest owned and operated Heads Air Conditioning & Refrigeration in Tyler. He was a Baptist and lived in Tyler for more than 50 years. 


 

17 Sep 13
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Gary Goodman on the loss of his mother, Sunshine Goodman.

Sunshine Goodman, age 103, of Tyler, was born on Aug. 11, 1910, in Forest, Miss. She passed away on Sept. 15, 2013, in Tyler.
Mrs. Goodman lived in this area most of her life. She was a Methodist and a bookkeeper for a hardware and auto parts distributor.


 

2 Sep 13
Posted by Jan Roan:
My dear friend, Lottie Wills, called earlier that Donald Adams, father of Marsha, Donna and Billy Don died sometime in the past few days. (Donna was in JT69 class.) Marsha was a very dear friend, and I stayed in touch with for a long time but have lost touch with her now.  I called Stewart Funeral Home who told me that there will be a burial followed by a memorial service on Friday, Sept. 6. 


 

25 Aug 13
Posted by David Turner:
Luane Slaughter's Dad passed away.

F.M. "Meredith" Slaughter, age 88, of Tyler, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. 

Among his many endeavors and achievements, Meredith held a private pilot's license, he was a licensed auctioneer, a trained and expert welder, a skilled carpenter and a cabinet maker. His building expertise was put to full use when he personally built a new home for his family in 1968, complete with custom built-ins and cabinets. He was also a talented musician, and in his younger years enjoyed playing the tenor saxophone and was an entertaining tap dancer. Meredith was always active in his church and dutifully took on many responsibilities at Swan–Wood Springs Methodist Church in Swan. 


 

23 Jul 13
Posted by Jake:
Condolences to JT69 class on passing of classmate Larry Brock
Larry was born June 19, 1951, in Tyler to the late L.W. and Mary Nell Brock and passed away on July 16, 2013, at the age of 62.
He was self-employed and was a member of Friendly Baptist Church. He also was a member of St. John's Masonic Lodge and the Sharon Shrine in Tyler.


3 Jul 13
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Monica Stratton Minter on passing of her father

Bobby E. Stratton, age 86, of Chandler, passed away on July 1, 2013. He graduated from Tyler High School and volunteered for the Navy at the age of 17, serving in World War II. He attended TJC after returning from the service and was a fifth-generation master carpenter and staircase builder.


 

28 Jun 13
Posted by Christi:
El Charro closes!

After nearly seven decades in business, Gilbert’s El Charro has closed its No. 2 restaurant on Fifth Street.

 

 

26 Jun 13
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Becky Land Blake on passing of her mother

In Memory of Dorothy Williams Land

March 30, 1922 - June 24, 2013


Dorothy worked for many years at Boulter Junior High School, where she touched the lives of many students. She then started a new career as a pastor's secretary at First Baptist Church were she served for over 20 years. She was known as a listening ear, hospital visitor, hostess, travel guide, and general information lady. Upon retirement, she started working part-time at Lloyd James Funeral Home where she continued to work until 3 months before her 90th birthday! It's been said, "She was the perfect person to work at a funeral home. She knew how to comfort and give hope at the saddest of times."

 

 

25 Jun 13
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Jimmy Haralson on the loss of his dad.

J.A. Haralson passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Tyler. 

 He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was owner and operator of J.A. Haralson Moving & Storage Co. in Tyler. He served Tyler in many capacities, being a member of the Tyler Jaycees, Southwest Warehouse, and was a lifetime member of the Kiwanis Club. He received his 50-year pin from St. John's Masonic Lodge, was a member of the Sharon Shrine Temple and The Scottish Rite.


 

29 Apr 13
Posted by Reeves:
We extend our condolences to Sherry Prater Patterson in the loss of her father.


Kenneth L. Prater, 86, of Tyler, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, in Tyler.

Mr. Prater retired from the Cotton Belt Railroad after 43 years. Baseball was a special part of his life from Tyler High School to semi-pro ball with the Edom Redbirds. He continued his love of sports by playing and coaching softball for Queen Street Baptist Church and Cotton Belt Railroad. After retirement, he stayed active helping his wife with her duties as student activities director at TJC and enjoyed driving the cheerleaders to games. He and his wife spent many enjoyable hours attending TJC sporting events. He was proud of the fact that he attended 123 consecutive TJC football games.


 

26 Apr 13
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Jan Roan on the loss of her husband's niece and a special friend, Phyllis


Phyllis Ann Hedricks was born May 9, 1956, in Tyler to Billy Herschel and Robinell McClain Hedricks. She passed away 19 April, 2013. She graduated from John Tyler High School in 1974 and went on to receive her BS in education from Baylor University in 1978. She later attended The University of Texas at Tyler, graduating with a master's in education/educational administration.

Phyllis taught for a number of years for Houston ISD and then returned to her alma mater, John Tyler High School, as a teacher in the social studies department where she served several years as department chair. She retired on Jan. 18, 2013.

By far her greatest passions were her two alma maters, John Tyler High School and Baylor University.


 

4 Apr 13
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Nita Spruill Allen on the death of her husband John Mark Allen, Jr.

 
John Mark Allen, Jr., 61, of Tyler, died Monday, April 1, 2013, in a Tyler hospital. He was born April 7, 1951, in Overton to Mary Lewis Allen and the late John Mark Allen Sr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving in the Vietnam War. He married Nita L. Spruill Dec. 13, 1974, in Overton and moved to Tyler 10 years ago from Arp. He was a truck driver and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and being a grandpa.


 

29 Mar 13
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Louis Hearn on the loss of his father, Louis Charles Hearn.


LOUIS CHARLES HEARN, OF VAN, TX, WENT HOME TO BE WITH HIS LORD ON MARCH 26, 2013 AT THE AGE OF 87. HIS MORTAL BODY LOST A 2 YEAR STRUGGLE AGAINST CANCER, BUT HIS SPIRIT WILL LIVE ON FOREVER IN THE HEARTS OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

LOUIS HAD A PASSION FOR THE GAME OF GOLF WHICH BEGAN VERY EARLY IN HIS CHILDHOOD. HIS FATHER PASSED AWAY WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 13. TO HELP WITH THE FAMILY FINANCES, HE AND HIS BROTHER WOULD CADDY FOR A FEW NICKELS DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION. IN ADDITION TO GOLF, LOUIS LOVED TO TRAVEL IN HIS MOTORHOME AND WAS ALWAYS READY TO ENJOY A FINE GLASS OF WINE WITH A FRIEND.


 

26 Mar 13
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Vicky Watson on the loss of her mother in the early hours this morning

Bernice Watson passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at home surrounded by family. She was an only child born on June 19, 1927. By the time she was ten years old, both of her parents were deceased. She was raised in Heavener, Oklahoma by her paternal aunt. She was a graduate of Heavener High School and Port Arthur Business College (now Lamar University at Port Arthur).
She married Loyd Watson on March 22, 1947 in Heavener, Oklahoma and they moved to Tyler later that year.
She was the office manager for Charles T. McCarthy, M.D. for more than thirty years. She tirelessly served her family as the organizer of the home and she was an excellent cook and seamstress. Her favorite past-time was reading and she loved to travel.


 

15Mar13
Posted by Reeves:

Our condolences to Linda Padgett on the loss of Lex.

Mr. Charles Lex Padgett, age 64, of Tyler, died on Thursday, March 14, 2013. He was born on Jan. 19, 1949, in Mount Pleasant to Johnnie Rex and Marguerite Jones Padgett and lived the majority of his life in the Lindale and Tyler area. Mr. Padgett was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Lindale First United Methodist Church.


 

5 Feb 13
Posted by Anita:

Our condolences to Jan McClain Roan in loss of nephew


Stephen Thomas Hedricks, 51, of Flint, passed away Feb. 2, 2013, under the care of The Hospice of East Texas.

He was born March 21, 1961, in Tyler to Billy Herchel and Robinell McClain Hedricks.

Steve, a longtime Tyler native, was a graduate of John Tyler High School's Class of 1979. He attended Baylor University and Tyler Junior College. Steve worked for FEMA in 2005 as a claim representative after Hurricane Katrina. He was an electrician with Smith Electric Co., eventually becoming president. Steve enjoyed coaching Pop Warner football, riding his Harley, Lady Bears basketball and softball, as well as hunting and fishing.
 

 

30 Jan 13
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Connie Bagby Williams on the loss of her brother.


Robert Wayne Bagby, 60, of Tyler, passed away Saturday Jan. 19, 2013, in Tyler. Mr. Bagby was born Nov. 10, 1952, to the late W.O. and Janie Bagby in Dallas.

 

18 Jan 13
Posted by Reeves:
In the Tyler paper today is the obituary for Mary Jo Hensley.  Mary Jo was the sister in law of Kent Hensley, husband of our classmate Suzy (Grubbs) Hensley.

 

5 Jan 13
Posted by Reeves:

In the Tyler paper is an obituary for Mrs Dorthea Roach, 92, the mother of our deceased classmate, Bill Roach. She passed away 4 January 2013.

 

2012

 

31 Dec 12
Posted by Jake:

Passing of Larry Larison

Larry Larison was born on February 15, 1937 to George Charles and Ella Walker Larison in the front bedroom of the family’s farm house in the Pine Springs Community. He passed away in his farm home, a short distance away on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the age of seventy-five.

When he was forty-three years old he wrote these words: “I believe in a love of family and community possibly at the expense of greater financial rewards. To remain in a home area environment with good people who believe in sharing, helping one another, and living a good life through hard work is and shall be my goal.” And thus he lived…
He was an active participant in his education from Tyler High School 1955 Senior Class President and Rotary Award winner to yell leader at both TJC and SFA, where he earned his college degrees. He began his teaching career in 1961. In August, 1964, he married Martha Hayden who he met while both of them were teachers at Boulter Junior High. In the summers for many years, he taught swimming at Camp Tejas and was the Director of Vacation Bible School.

Paula Stephenson Jackson added: Those of us girls who had Homemaking in the 8th grade at Boulter shared vicariously the romance of our adorable    23 yr old teacher,  Martha Hayden and the handsome Larry Larison.   She cooed whenever she spoke of him and later - in our 9th grade Homemaking class - she shared all the details of their wedding.    They were sheer perfection.




29 Dec 12
Posted by Reeves:

The Cat Chorus in Heaven increased its ranks by one this morning.  Clay 1999 - 2012




 

16 Dec 12

Posted by Jake:

Peggy J. Ham, our beloved Nana, 82, of Tyler, was born on Dec. 30, 1929 and passed away Dec. 10, 2012, in Tyler. She was a graduate of Bay Springs High School and attended Tyler Commercial College. She was a homemaker and attended Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church. She married on Oct. 22, 1949, in Canton.

Beckie Ferguson Mundine added: Beverly Ham Newman was my little sister in the Blue Brigade. 

 

9 Nov 12
Posted by Susan Willie:
Our condolances go out to, Shelly Johnson Kersh, on the loss of her grandaughter

Victoria Ann "Tori" Tidwell, 13, of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. She was born Sept. 2, 1999, in Tyler to Daniel Scott and Christy Ann Kersh Tidwell.

Tori attended Boshears School. She loved to smile all the time and her happiness was very contagious. She was loved by her family and will be missed deeply.

 

9 Nov 12
Posted by Reeves:

 And once again we send our condolences to Jake and Anneliese and the entire Tidmore Family - what a devastating year it has been.

D.J. Tidmore, 92, passed away Nov. 5, 2012, in Tyler. He was born July 4, 1920, in Hill County to H.C. and Jonnie Stover Tidmore.
He was a World War II Army veteran. DJ was a retired building contractor. He was a loving and caring person to his neighbors and church family and a blessing to his family. 

 

9 Nov 12
Posted by Reeves:

Our condolences to Curtis Walker in the loss of his father

Curtis J. Walker Sr., 96, Tyler, died Nov. 6, 2012, in Tyler. He was born April 18, 1916, in Pittsburg.
He attended Pittsburg public schools and was a resident of Smith County more than 70 years. He was a Baptist and veteran of the U.S. Army, private first class, and received the Good Conduct Medal.

 

2 Nov 12
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Jake & Anneliese on the loss of Jake's mother, Juanita Tidmore.


Juanita Halbrook Tidmore, age 86, of Tyler went home to be with the Lord in the late evening hours of Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Tyler. She was born on Sept. 28, 1926, in Martins Mill

Juanita was a wonderful Southern lady, full of poise and class who set the example for all to follow. Her devotion and love for her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings and friends will be remembered and missed for years to come.

 

30 Oct 12
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Robert Hearon on the loss of his mother, Gracie Bonner.


Gracie Mae Bonner, 83, of Tyler, died Oct. 26, 2012, at her home in Tyler. She was born Oct. 29, 1928, in Mount Calm and lived in Tyler most of her life.

 

3 Oct 12

Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Robert & Melyn Hearon on the death of Melyn's mother, Patsy Hancock.

Patsy Ann Hancock, 79, of Tyler, passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 in Tyler. She was born May 17, 1933 in Pilot Point. She was a licensed vocational nurse and a homemaker.

 

13 Oct 12
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Jan McClain Roan on the loss of her friend, Don Kennedy.

Donald Ray Kennedy, 72, Murchison, died Oct. 11, 2012 at home.

He was born Nov. 11, 1939 in El Dorado, Ark. Following graduation from Brownsboro High School in 1957, Don served in the U.S. Air Force with a foreign tour in England. He had a 40-year career as a petroleum landman.

 

10 Oct 12
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Linda Higginbotham Marshall on the loss of her dad, Billy Joe Higginbotham.


On October 9, 2012, Bill Higginbotham, 85, of Tyler walked into heaven so happy to feel completely well. He was born on November 7, 1926 in Maud, Texas.
Mr. Higginbotham was a veteran of World War II, proudly serving his country in the United States Navy. He owned and operated East Texas Electronics in Tyler for almost 40 years until his retirement in 1994.
Bill loved researching his family tree, “piddling” in his shop and spending time working on projects at “the ranch” on the South Llano River near Junction.

 

28 Sep 12
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Evelyn Crayton Tave on the loss of her brother, Thomas.


Rev. Thomas Crayton, 64, Tyler, died Sept. 22, 2012, at his residence.

He was born June 25, 1948, in Athens, and had resided most of his life in Smith County. He was a graduate of Emmett J. Scott High School and received his Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Living Word Biblical Institute. He was a press operator for the Tyler Morning Telegraph, a member of Progressive Baptist Church, served as an assistant pastor, chairman of the trustee board, member of the finance committee and male chorus.

 

13 Sep 12
Posted by Reeves
Our condolences go out to our classmate, Fran Spivey (Sealy) in the loss of her brother.


Eugene Spivey, 64, of Tyler died Sept. 10, 2012, in Tyler. He was born Oct. 22, 1947, in Comanche. He was a member of the Tyler Area Builders Association, he participated in the first Two-Hour house sponsored by Conaway builders, he traveled to Russia and Mexico on mission trips and was an avid supporter of the mission field. He was also the owner of Spivey Concrete.


6 Sep 12
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Rita Parker Boles on the loss of her mother, Evelyn Parker.


Evelyn Virginia Foreman Parker, 82, of Tyler died Sept. 2, 2012, in Tyler. She was born May 11, 1930, in Chandler.

 

4 Sep 12
Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Jacquelyn & Pat Brasfield on the loss of their sister & aunt.


Janis Harden Crossley, 74, of Chandler, left this earth to join her Heavenly Family on her late husband Jarvis' birthday, Sept. 1, 2012. Janis was born Feb. 22, 1938, to John and Margaret Harden in LaRue. She attended LaPoynor schools and married her high school sweetheart in 1957.

Janis was known for her spunky personality, gift for giving orders, and cooking for her family. She loved playing dominoes and cards with her friends and celebrating friendships. Over her career as a secretary, she worked at Greenberg Turkey, Loggins Meat Co., UT Tyler, and Brownsboro Independent School District.

 

28 Aug 12
Posted by Reeves:

Graveside services for Nolia M. "Pat" McCarley, 84, formerly of Tyler, will be held in Rose Hill Cemetery Wednesday, Aug. 29. Pat was born Jan. 4, 1928, in Tyler. She graduated from Tyler High School in 1945 and married George A. McCarley on July 3, 1947. She worked for many years at Western Foundry and was a retiree of Tyler Pipe. While in Tyler she was a member of West Erwin Church of Christ. She is survived by a loving family including her daughter, Vicki and husband Jim Brookshire.
Pat was the sweetest and most giving wife, mother, nanny, sister and friend to everyone who was fortunate to meet her. Our lives were all enriched with the blessing of her in them.

 

23 Aug 12
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to the family ... Ann is Jake's sister-in-law

Ann Rowe Tidmore was born on Nov. 16, 1952, in Corpus Christi and passed away on Aug. 16, 2012, in Tyler.
Ann spent nine years working with the Therapet program of East Texas and was eventually able to have her own dog, Annie Rose, in the program. She worked at the local area hospitals, rehabilitation centers, the prison at Rusk and numerous functions for disabled children. She was voted Therapet volunteer of the year for 2010. Through this animal assisted therapy program she was able to minister to hundreds of people and make a difference.

In the final days she was at the hospice, Ann thought she heard her favorite dog barking. This was Eski Rose who died a few years ago.  Her husband David told her that Eski was waiting for her on the other side.  Now they are together in spirit.

 

31 Jul 12

Posted by Reeves:
The father of our late classmate James "Hawk" Hawkins has passed away.


Russell David Hawkins Jr., 92, of Tyler passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his residence. He was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Tyler.
Russell served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and retired from the city of Tyler as chief building inspector after 50 years of service. He began his career with the city of Tyler in the fire department, where he served as fire inspector, assistant fire marshal, and acting city manager for several years.
He was a charter member and past president of the East Texas Municipal Inspectors Association. He was also a member of the Southern Building Code Congress, as well as, the National Fire Protection Association.

 

26 Jul 12

Posted by Anita:
Mr. Phillips is the father of our deceased classmate, Joel Phillips.

 
Reuben Ernest Phillips, 90, peacefully passed away on Tuesday July 24, 2012, after a year-long illness. Reuben was born on May 29, 1922, in Gladewater.
He enlisted in the United States Navy at the beginning of World War II to serve his beloved country, escorting aircraft carriers in the South Pacific as a torpedo man on the destroyer USS Gridley DD-380. In 1981 he retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve after 35 years of service.
Reuben retired from BF Goodrich Co. after 33 years, then again from The University of Texas at Tyler after an additional 10 years of service.

 

10 Jul 12

Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to Nancy Brooks True on loss of her mother

Lucille Brooks, 88, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2012, at her home in Kilgore. She was born June 16, 1924, in Pine Bluff, Ark. She was the eldest of 12 children.
Lucille retired from J.C. Penney Co. in Tyler where she worked for many years as an office manager.

 

6 Jun 12
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Gayle Streckert on passing of her mother

Frances Martin Owens, 85, of Tyler, passed away Monday, June 4, 2012, at her daughter's home with her family by her side. She was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Corsicana.

Frances was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church where she worked in the nursery for 20 years. She graduated from New London High School and began a career of secretarial work. In 1955, Frances became the first woman to work at the Tyler Police Department as a civilian clerk.

 

12 Apr 12

Posted by Anita:

Condolences to Bob Neill on the loss of his father

Charles W. Morphis was born on February 3, 1931 to Homer L. Morphis and Iva Ruth Weatherall Morphis of Edgewood, Texas. He began his professional career as a truck driver for Tyler Pipe and later, Western Foundry, where he eventually went into the sales. In the mid-1970s, Charles moved to the Dallas area and became a real estate broker, owning and operating an office in Plano. In 1988, he moved to San Diego, California and became Chief Engineer for Avalon Properties.
Retiring in 2003, Charles returned to Texas to help his son open Hank's Auto in Lindale. During that time, local city government began to peak his interest and in 2007, he campaigned successfully for Lindale City Council, Place 5, where he continued to proudly serve until his untimely passing on Friday, April 6.

 

12 Apr 12

Posted by Reeves:

Condolences to Jake and the Tidmore family on the loss of his father

Will Tidmore passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Tyler.
He was born on Aug. 16, 1928, in Van Zandt County to the late Howell Clifford and Johnnie Stover Tidmore. He was the retired owner of Tidmore Auto Parts, a member of the Athens Masonic Lodge No. 165 and the Noonday Baptist Church. He served as a minister of music for many years and last served for 18 years at Noonday Baptist Church. He previously served as a music director at West Athens Baptist Church in Athens and Dixie Baptist Church in Tyler.

 

21 Mar 12

Posted by Reeves:
With sadness, one of our classmates, David Ginn, has lost a son.


Christopher Scott Ginn, age 38, of Lindale died Monday, March 19, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Tyler on May 24, 1973, to David Nelson and Katherine Louise (Honzell) Ginn and was a lifelong resident of Lindale. Mr. Ginn had worked as a self-employed tile installer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. 


 

2 Mar 12

Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Debbie Hunley Powell on loss of her father

Billy Joe "B.J." Hunley, 84, of Tyler died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in Tyler. He was born March 18, 1927, in Bullard. After his service in the Navy he returned to Cherokee County to farm. He met and married Mary Smith. They moved to Tyler where he went to work for Schlumberger Well Service where he worked for 35 years. They had three children. In 1986, he married Ruth Cox who had two sons, Paul and Tim Trotter. After retiring, much of Bill's time was spent turning his yard into a beautiful garden and caring for Ruth. 


 

25 Feb 12
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Dale Osteen in the loss of his mother
Doris Osteen was born on July 23, 1924, in Arkansas City, Ark., and passed away on Feb. 24, 2012.
Mrs. Osteen worked at Hartlee Field in Denton and later worked at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. She was a member and secretary at Calvary Baptist Church in Tyler for the next 23 years.

 

8 Feb 12
Posted by Anita:
Jeanie Caskey Brookshire sent word about death of Jimmie Brookshire's Dad 
Roy W. Brookshire, 99, Melissa, Texas. (No date given for date of death in obituary.)

Roy was born March 3, 1912 in Mt. Pleasant.  He married Mossie Estella Goolsby in 1939 and celebrated 66 years of marriage before she preceded him in death. He worked for St. Louis & Southwestern Railroad in Tyler prior to joining the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in various European countries during WW ll. After the war he returned to the railroad and later began a career with the United States Postal Service in Tyler where he retired after 31 years.


 

8 Feb 12

Posted by Reeves:
You may remember Tim Harris from the Class of '67.  Our condolences to the Harris family.

Timothy Scott "Tim" Harris, 62, Tyler, died of a sudden illness on Feb. 5, 2012. He was born in Tyler on Aug. 14, 1949.
Tim attended Rice University in Houston after graduating from John Tyler High School in 1967. He was a lifelong member of Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler. For the past 30 years, Tim was a petroleum landman. He was former chief photographer for the Tyler Morning Telegraph and Tyler Courier-Times.


 

3 Feb 12
Posted by Jake:
Last night, Anneliese's 93 year old aunt, Tante Rita, died in a hospital in Germany. On Wednesday, she had just finished lunch with her nephew and niece (her goddaughter who was named after her) and had been talking and laughing with them. The nephew went to the bakery for some cake, and when he came back he found that Tante Rita had suffered a stroke. She had immediately slipped into a coma, fell over to her right and was being held up by the younger Rita, her niece, as they sat at the table.
She was taken to the hospital within an hour but they said there was no hope and that it was just a matter of a day or so before she passed away. As nearly all people are in Germany and most of Europe, she will be buried in a nice wooden coffin with brass handles. She will be buried beside her mother in the local graveyard and her nieces, nephews, and relatives will provide her with a grave marker.


 

29 Jan 12
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Lynda Weaver Williams in the loss of her mother.

Juanita Frances Cambron Weaver, 88, died peacefully in Tyler on Jan. 27, 2012, surrounded by family.
Born in Alabama, and raised in East Texas, Mrs. Weaver married the love of her life, D.C. "Carl" Weaver in 1939. Together for 45 years, they ran several successful businesses in the Tyler area. Mrs. Weaver had recently sold Weaver Rentals. With her husband, she had travelled extensively throughout the U.S., especially enjoying the national parks of the West.

 


19 Jan 12
Posted by Anita:
We are thinking of & praying for y'all, Betty & Barry on the loss of Barry's step-father

Billy B. Rudd passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at the Azalea Place in Tyler. He was born Feb. 3, 1931.
Billy was a member of First Baptist Church, Rotarian Club and the Tyler Yacht Club.
Mr. Rudd was a graduate of Center High School, class of 1948, and attended Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M, with a bachelor's degree in math and civil engineering. He was a supervising civil engineer for 34 years and retired from the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

18 Jan 12
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to the Shields Family and especially our Lions, James and Danny. 

James "Jimmy" Robert Shields, 88, of Mount Pleasant passed away during the early morning hours of Jan. 16, 2012. He was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Ridgeway.
He was a member of the United States Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. He graduated from East Texas State College in January of 1949 with a bachelor's degree in business and later received a Master of Education degree from East Texas State University. He worked as a Texas State Highway Patrol officer in Wichita and Tyler. He moved to Mount Pleasant in 1969.

 

2011

 

 28 Nov 11
Posted by Reeves:
Nancy (Taylor) Cooper's father-in-law has passed away.  Our condolences to Cary and Nancy.

Hugh Campbell Cooper, 87, of Tyler, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in Tyler. He was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Sherman.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater.
Mr. Cooper retired from R.T. French Co. after 33 years as a salesman. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Tyler, for 64 years, where he served as director of the young people's department and coached church softball. He was a member of the Fishermen Class. A Master Mason for 65 years, he was a member of St. John's Masonic Lodge 301 for over 50 years.

 

20 Nov 11

Posted by Anita:
Our condolences to classmate, Ann Krahmer Garner.

Helen Elizabeth Krahmer, age 99, of Tyler, passed away in the late afternoon hours of Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 20, 1912, in Canton, Ohio.
Helen was everything from a wife and mother to a nurse and a code breaker for the United States Navy during World War II, serving as a part of the WAVES. To her, nothing was more important than being a mother, though she took great pride in her efforts during World War II and her compassion for other people, working as a nurse. She married Emory Leroy Krahmer in 1945 in Washington, D.C. Together they moved to Minnesota to work on the family farm before moving to Tyler where they raised their family and lived a lifetime of memories. 

 

14 Nov 11
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Stephen Cooney and family on the loss of his son

Stephen Wayne Cooney, 35, Tyler, passed away November 10, 2011 at his residence. He was born May 19, 1976 in Tyler, to Stephen Murray Cooney (now deceased) and Virginia (Ginger) Ivy Cooney Eaton.
Stephen was a 1994 graduate of Whitehouse High school. He worked for Brookshire’s for 17 years. Stephen loved watching WWE wrestling, bowling and spending time with his family.

 

4 Nov 11
Posted by Anita:
Passing of Ronnie Rector's dad
Lee Rector, 83, Terrell, died Nov. 3, 2011. He was born March 13, 1928.

 

3 Nov 11
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Robbie Ott and John Hills in their loss.

Norma Hills, 88, of Tyler passed away on Nov. 2, 2011, at The Hospice of East Texas.
Norma was a giver and a lover of God, life, family and friends. She truly lived her faith and was an exemplary Christian example to everyone. She loved to cook and serve big family meals and entertain friends. Her home was always open to family, friends and neighbors for home-baked goodies and hot coffee.


2 Nov 11

Posted by Reeves:
Our sympathies to Janie and Mike Danielson in the loss of Janie's mother.

Frances Louise Smith Lollar, 86, of Tyler passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at her residence.
Mrs. Lollar was born March 3, 1925, in Tyler to the late Albert and Ailine Gandy. She was a homemaker and a member of the Park Heights Baptist Church for more than 60 years.
 

19 Oct 11

Posted by David T:
Our prayers are with our friends and their families: Ruth McKenzie and David Wallace.

James B. McKenzie III, 85, of Tyler passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 16, 2011, at Trinity Mission Nursing Home in Italy, Texas.
JB received a Bronze Star for his Army service in the Pacific during World War II. He was a Mason for more than 60 years and a deacon of Antioch Baptist Church. JB was a rose grower, rancher, oil man and community philanthropist. He loved filling his truck with sweet potatoes and passing them out all over Lindale resulting in the nickname "sweet potato man." JB loved God, his family and all his many friends. JB never met a stranger and he will be greatly missed by many who loved him.

 

9 Oct 11

Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Brenda (Mathis) Benefield on the loss of her father.

William H. Mathis, 85, formerly of Van Zandt County, died Oct. 7, 2011, in Tyler. He was born April 25, 1926, in Farmersville.

 

7 Oct 11

Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to our classmate, Susan Sessions Poe, in the loss of her brother.

William Homer "Bill" Rube Sessions, 60, of Grand Saline passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Tyler after a short illness. He was born Jan. 4, 1950.
Bill, affectionately known as "Bubba," graduated from Marshall High School, Tyler Junior College, and attended The University of Texas at Austin. He was an accomplished electrician and worked with public schools in Dallas. 

 

10 Sep 11
Added by Jake:

Condolences to Mary Beth Deere Kemper on loss of her husband

Alvin “Al” Bruce Kemper was born in Piggott, Arkansas on September 28, 1950, and passed away in Kaufman on September 8, 2011. Al joined the U. S. Air Force and served during the Viet Nam War. After the service he attended Northwest Missouri State University and graduated in 1974 with a degree in elementary education. Al started teaching in Wentzville, Missouri. In 1980 Al moved to Dallas and taught school for Dallas Independent School District teaching at Davy Crockett, Zaragosa Elementary and Seagoville Middle School. Al retired in 2006 and began substitute teaching in Mabank and Kaufman ISD last year. Al was a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Kaufman where he taught adult Sunday School.

A former student wrote: Mr.Kemper was the best teacher a student could ask for! Everyday i always looked forward to going to his class. He would talk to me about fishing and hunting. I loved listening to the stories he told us about his life in the war. Im proud to be one of your students! Best teacher ever! Im sorry for your loss, but we will all be seeing him one day and we can all sit down and listen to all of the stories he has to tell us. You will be missed Mr. Kemper!

 

24 Sep 11

Posted by Anita:
Mary Beth Deere Kemper has contacted us about the tragic death of her husband, Al.

"On Thursday, Sept. 8, my husband (Al Kemper) was on his way to sub at Kaufman HS. A truck crossed into his lane, hitting head-on. He did not survive. Oct. 7 would have been anniversary # 33."

Al was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and later he joined the U. S. Air Force and served during the Viet Nam War. After the service Al attended Northwest Missouri State University and graduated in 1974 with a degree in elementary education. Al started teaching in Wentzville, Missouri and taught there for three years. In 1980 Al moved to Dallas and taught school for Dallas Independent School District teaching at Davy Crockett, Zaragosa Elementary and Seagoville Middle School. Al retired in 2006 and began substitute teaching in Mabank and Kaufman ISD last year. 
 

23 Sep 11
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Beckye Jacobs Sheets and family on the loss of her father
R.L. Jacobs, 89, of Tyler passed away on Sept. 22, 2011, in Tyler.
Mr. Jacobs began his pastoral ministry in 1948 at Central Baptist Church in Center. For 27 years he was associated with Central Baptist Church in Tyler as the visitation coordinator. Before his retirement, he worked for Brookshire's as a courtesy clerk for 12 years. He had been a member of Green Acres Baptist Church for 27 years, where he was active in the Care and Share Class.

 

18 Sep 11
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Paula Stephenson Jackson on the loss of her father

Elton E. Stephenson, Jr., was born in Corsicana, Texas, on Aug. 10, 1928, and passed away 17 September 2011.
"DBL E" was Elton's railroad name and he passionately loved those big engines. He worked as a locomotive engineer for the Cotton Belt Railroad for over 30 years and loved every minute of it.

Reeves added: It was OUR privilege to have “Daddy” as an Honorary Lion of the Class of '68.  Our love to Paula and Theresa.
Jake added: Thanks to a fine gentleman for blessing us with his presence.

 

18 Sep 11
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences for Nancy Taylor Cooper & family on the loss of her mother

Jimmie Lee Taylor, 81, passed away, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Tyler
She was a member of First Baptist Church, a school teacher with TISD for 26 years, a violinist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and a member of ATPE. She and her husband were world travelers, visiting many, many locations.
She was a graduate of Baylor University.
Jan Roan added: Nancy, I remember you so well, and when I saw your mom's picture, I could certainly see your sweet smile in hers. 

 

7 Sep 11
Posted by Anita:
Mr. Ozment is Gale Zaylor's father-in-law.

William Eldridge Ozment, 87, of McKinney passed away Sept. 4, 2011, in McKinney.
He was born March 11, 1924, in Chattanooga, Tenn. He retired from Tyler Pipe Industries after 35 years. He was a member of Flint Baptist Church and liked to fish and hunt.

 

2 Sep 11
Posted by Anita:
Mr. Shank is Marilyn Werner's uncle

On Aug. 31, 2011, J.W. Shank Jr. went to meet his Heavenly Father at the age of 93. He was a great reader of Biblical commentaries and spiritual literature. His warm sense and honest, straightforward manner were just a few of his outstanding attributes. Among his hobbies were fishing, craft shows, making candy at Christmas time and growing beautiful flowers in his greenhouse.
 

28 Aug 11
Posted by Susan Willie:

Just received this from Beverly and Jerry Gilley.
I wanted to let you know about the loss of our grandson on Friday, August 19. Wendy was in the 17th week when Warner was stillborn due to a tear in the placenta. David and Wendy Drake live in Lubbock, where he was buried on Thursday, August 25th. Jerry, Craig, and I are returning to Tyler today. - Bev

 

21 Aug 11
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Ruth Ann (Young) Thigpen on loss of her father

Raymond E. “Ray” Young, 96, passed away Aug. 16, 2011, in Tyler at the age of 96. He was born in Marysville on Oct. 23, 1914.
Raymond was an electronic technician for the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport at the age of 55 and he and and his wife Bertha traveled. Ray enjoyed his association with the Garden Valley Senior Center and had many friends there. He was a loving and kind husband and father. His smile and bright blue eyes would light up a room when he entered.

 

18 Aug 11
Posted by Anita:
Mr. Miller is Joan Burch Meeks's stepfather

John Henry "Johnny" Miller, 83, of Tyler passed away Aug. 15, 2011, in Tyler.
Johnny grew up in Edom farming with his family. He owned and operated several service stations and car lots around Tyler. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church of Chandler and First Assembly of God Church of Tyler. He had recently attended First Church of the Nazarene in Tyler. He loved and was loved by many family and friends. Johnny brought much laughter and joy to everyone who knew him. 


2 Aug 11
Posted by Anita:
Mrs. Nick is our Glenn Nick's mother

Ida Pearl McMills Nick, age 86 and a resident of Tyler since 1947, passed on Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the Hospice of East Texas HomePlace in Tyler. She was a loving, dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and a faithful servant of the Lord.
Mrs. Nick was born on April 13, 1925, in Shreveport, La. She retired in 1989, from the East Texas Medical Center EMS office and had also served as an East Texas Medical Center Pink Lady volunteer. She was a member of New Life Worship Center.


19 Jul 11
Posted by Sallie Bell Reeves:
On passing of Hank Parker
Anita - His name was Henry A. Parker and he graduated from JTH in 1967.  Hank was a nickname he preferred.  He lived a couple of blocks from me when we lived on Palmer St.  May he rest in peace and prayers for his family.


9 Jul 11
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to David Womack and family on loss of his father

W.R. "Ray" Womack Sr., 84, of Tyler, died on July 7, 2011. He was born February 7, 1923.
Mr Womack was honored by Forest Ave HS as a Distinguished Alumni and was also inducted into the Univ of North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame. He has been active in Texas Retired Teachers Assoc. and volunteers services. He has been a member of West Erwin Church of Christ since 1964 serving as a deacon, Bible teacher, and delivering food for shut-ins. 


2 Jun 11
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Hubert Malone on the passing of his father

F.L. Malone, 95, of Tyler passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in Tyler. He served in the U.S. Army and was employed by John Deere as a mechanic for 31 years. He was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church and had lived in Tyler since 1965.


21 May 11
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Marvin Parker on passing of his mother

Mary "Mae" Parker, 85, of Tyler, passed away 21 May, 2011, in Tyler. She worked for Dearborn Brass for 27 years as a supervisor and was a Baptist. She was loved by all and loved everyone. She also loved all her beautiful plants, which were her passion.

 

20 May 11
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Charlie Brewster on passing of his mother

Opal Hill Brewster, 86, Tyler, was born Nov. 19, 1924, in Smith County to the late Charles and Loree Ledbetter Hill. She died May 18, 2011. She retired from Tyler Pipe and was a member of First Baptist Church in Tyler. 


8 May 11
Posted by Susan Willie:
Our Condolences go out to Paula Key Simpson
Helen Frances Key, of Bullard, passed away Saturday, May 07, 2011, at Hospice of East Texas Home Place after spreading love, kindness and joy for 92 years, mama went home.
She was born May 4, 1919 in Smith county and lived here all of her life.

Helen married the love of her life, Travis Key, on June 23, 1938. She was a charter member of Bullard Order of the Eastern Star and was true and loyal for over 50 years. Helen was a member of Bullard United Methodist Church. For many years, she did alterations from her home and was known as the “alteration lady”. She was an avid supporter of her children and grandchildren’s events and activities.


6 May 11
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Mike Coke on the loss of his uncle ... Tay Coke.

Octavius "Tay" Martin Coke III of Tyler was born Nov. 11, 1923, in Kansas to the late Octavius M. Coke and Willie Bee Boyston, and passed away May 4, 2011, in Tyler. He was a retail clerk and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, which served in World War II. He was also a member of the American Legion and VFW.

 

4 May 11
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Gwen and Donna Waters. Gwen was a year ahead of us and Donna a year behind.  They were neighbors on Hawthorne St.

Mrs. Marlene Lilley Waters, age 88, of Plano died Sunday, May 1, 2011, in Dallas. She was born in Florien, La., to James Evander and Lela Arthur Lilley. She was formerly of Tyler and Lindale before moving to Plano in 2008. Mrs. Waters enjoyed square dancing with her late husband, Cone Johnson Waters Jr. Along with her husband, she was active in Green Acres Baptist Church and served in the Clothes Closet at Good Samaritan Outreach.


21 Apr 11
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Jeff Baber on passing of his mother

Gertrude Baber, 90, passed away 18 April 2011.
In her early fifties, Gertrude passed with honors from Medical Center School of Nursing in 1972. She then began working for ETMC, (she watched the circles being built) and over time was becoming more and more fulfilled with nursing. When people asked her which floor she worked on, she said all of them! And that was true. She wanted to learn as many different nursing skills as she could, and she would ask to be moved to a different service many times. She retired from ETMC three times before she worked again for TISD as substitute school nurse. Her years in nursing were 35, but she loved it for a lifetime.


19 Apr 11
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Marguerite and Greg Chapman

Frances Louise Layton, 87, Arlington, formerly of Tyler, died April 15, 2011.
She was born in 1924 in Fannin County.
Mrs. Layton dabbled in many hobbies during her life and loved working and playing with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She knitted, sewed, quilted, painted, volunteered as both Camp Fire and Cub Scout leader, fished, slotting, traveling, gardening and finally her crossword puzzles.


10 Apr 11
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Curtis Roeland on loss of his brother

Steven James Roeland, 57, Tyler, died March 26, 2011, in Tyler. He was born Oct. 8, 1953, in Long Beach, Calif. He attended John Tyler High School and Tyler Junior College. He worked at Caldwell Zoo and was a member of Glenwood Church of Christ.

 

8 Apr 11
Posted by Anita:
This is Glenda Mitchell's mother, and the Mrs. Mitchell that lots of us bought fabric from for years.

Madras Catherine Mitchell, 95, of Tyler passed away April 6, 2011, under the care of Hospice of East Texas.
Madras was the owner and operator of Mitchell's Fabric Shop for more than 40 years. She was a talented seamstress and an avid cook. Madras showed a special love for everyone, but especially her family. She was a member of Friendly Baptist Church where she thoroughly enjoyed her Sunday school class.


8 Apr 11
Posted by Anita:
Passing of a former John Tyler teacher, Mrs. Gaiser

Mary Helen Gaiser, 90, passed away April 1, 2011.
One of her favorite classes to teach was secretarial training, where she trained her students as prospective secretaries, placing them in part-time office positions the last six weeks of each school year. She was a natural as an educator and relished helping launch the business careers of many of her students. She was named as an Outstanding Secondary Educator of America in 1973. She retired from the Tyler Independent School District in 1982, after having taught business English, shorthand, typing and clerical practice for 41 years. She always joked that after she retired, a replacement for her was never hired! However, her life in the classroom soon continued, teaching part time another 15 years at Tyler Junior College in the Office Technology Department. She retired there in 1999 at age 78, ending a distinguished teaching career of more than 50 years.


31 Mar 11
Posted by Reeves:
Former JT counselor passes away

Ben W. Brown, 81, New Harmony, died March 30, 2011, in a Tyler hospital after a lengthy illness.
Survivors include a son, David Brown; daughters, Pamela Ann Brown and Sandra Kay Blalock and her husband Floyd, all of Tyler; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

27 Mar 11
Posted by Steve Faber:
Former TJC Instructor passes
Kenneth D. Lewis, 76, Tyler, died March 26, 2011. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and retired as the dean of admissions from Tyler Junior College.
Steve added: Kenneth was my Agriculture teacher at TJC and the Dean of Admissions, as well. He was also my boss the four years I taught there, not to mention my mentor. He was a good friend and a great man. He impacted scores of men in his time at the college. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace dear friend.


 

21 Mar 11
Posted by David T:
For those Roberts Jr High folks and maybe some JT also,, Rosie Skinner past away and was buried today.  Rosie was 63, graduated a year or two ahead of us.  She had a brother who would have graduated with us, Johnny Skinner, but I believe he moved to Houston his junior year and was killed in a motorcycle wreck. 

She graduated from John Tyler High School and was a member of Westwood Baptist Church. She managed the cafeteria at the Fair Building and retired as a homemaker. She was a master gardener and chef. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Franklin Skinner.


22 Feb 11
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Becky Land on the loss of her aunt
Ruby May Land, 99, of Tyler, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Tyler. She was retired from Monnings Department Store in Fort Worth. She was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church and the Century Class there. She lived most of her life in Fort Worth and Tyler.

 

15 Feb 11
Posted by Jake:
MASS wrote last nite - Bill Shaddox lost his Mom yesterday.

Mary Virginia Shaddox, 78, of Tyler passed away February 13th 2011. She was a member of Lakeview Church of Nazarene, a homemaker and had lived in Tyler for 65 years and had many special friends and church members that she loved dearly.



29 Jan 11
Posted by Reeves:
Our condolences to Lloyd Brewer
Nettie G. "Ted" Brewer, 80, was born Nov. 20, 1930, in Rayville, La., to the late Herman and Iris Hardwick. She passed away on Jan. 27, 2011, in Greenwood, La. Mrs. Brewer was a retail clerk and a resident of Tyler for 55 years. She was currently a member of Faith Baptist Church in Waskom.

 

21 Jan 11
Posted by Anita:
Howard is our Jerry Nick's brother

Howard Dean "Slick" Nick, 59, of Tyler went to be with his Lord on Jan. 13, 2011, after a lengthy illness. Howard graduated from John Tyler High School in 1970, attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Houston. He had many business endeavors including "J&H Auto" and "Rent-a- Ride."

 

2010

 

24 Dec 10

Posted by Anita:
Some of you may have been taught by Mrs. McKinnon at Ramey.
Corabelle Boutz McKinnon, 94, formerly of Tyler, passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2010, in Greenwood Village, Colo.
Corabelle was born Dec. 3, 1916, in Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in New Mexico. After 34 years of teaching in the Tyler Independent School District, she retired in 1987. She was a fourth-grade teacher at Ramey Elementary School for many years. After retiring, Corabelle began tutoring for the Marvin Methodist Church literacy program, at Bonner Elementary School, and with the Literacy Council of Tyler. She also volunteered for many years at area hospitals, the Parent Services Center and the East Texas Food Bank.

 

19 Dec 10
Posted by David:
Morning folks, Kenneth Isham's father passed away

P.E, Isham, 89, of New Chapel Hill, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in Tyler He was born July 9, 1921, in Groesbeck.
He served in the U.S. Army. He lived in the Tyler area for most of his life. He was a mechanic by trade and a teacher by choice. He taught auto mechanics at John Tyler and Chapel Hill High Schools.


15 Dec 11
Posted by Anita (From Cindy Connally Grimes):
Marilyn (Clyburn) Butcher Barra, called about 9:00 tonight and said her granddaughter had a premature little girl, Abigail May, yesterday and she went to spend Christmas with Jesus in Heaven today. The funeral will be Tuesday in Mt. Pleasant. Our love and prayers are with Marilyn and her family in the loss of her precious great grandchild.



15 Dec 10
Posted by Susan Willie:
John Bryce who I have mentioned, he is Briggs' uncle, passed away yesterday. He has had cancer for many years, but it finally got him. He was a WW11 veteran. And he was my first family friend, taught me a lot about being a farm girl. I will miss his farmers almanac advice. They lived right down the road from us and until this last year he was still putzing around the farm. He and I would go Juking ,as he called it looking for good deals at rummage sales. Thank you Uncle John for taking me under your wing and loving me like one of your own kids.


9 Dec 10
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Michelle Sobel on loss of her father

Hershel H. "Hershey" Sobel, 90, of Tyler passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, in Tyler.

He was a lifelong member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, where he was president and a member of the Brotherhood and served as an advisor to the chapter of the United Synagogue Youth when his children were teens. He was a longtime member of B'nai Brith. He served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
He was born in Dallas on Oct. 28, 1920, and moved to Tyler in the 1940s. He opened up a store on the Tyler square and soon met his bride, Thelma. He was an honest and well loved and respected merchant for more than 50 years in Tyler as the owner of Sobel's AAA Floor Co.



6 Dec 10
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Beverly Latham Lenoir on the loss of her father

Sid Latham Jr., 84, of Tyler, passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, in Longview. He was born July 13, 1926, in Farmersville. He was a member of First Baptist Church and lived in Tyler most of his life. Sid retired from the Texas Department of Transportation as a sign supervisor. Mr. Latham served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Rike Latham.

Thanks to those of you who sent messages and cards after the death of my dad. And my sister, Linda, and I certainly appreciate the gift from the class of '68 to the Alzheimer's Association in his memory. - Beverly Latham Lenoir

 

4 Dec 10
Posted by Reeves:

Received The Call this morning - Aunt Pat is at peace and smiling with her husband Dick.

FYI - I just talked to Pat's daughters.  They are having manicures and pedicures (their mom would appreciate that) and in honor of their mom went to El Charro's for lunch - one of Pat's all time favorites! Pat was an aunt by marriage but she was the glue that held the family together - quietly and with strength.  Fitting that she should go last - her work is done!

A celebration of the life of Patricia J. "Pat" Reeves, 81, Tyler, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 4, 2010, in Tyler.
Pat was born May 26, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Charles and Anne Hodgson. She was a Girl Scout in her youth, a Girl Scout leader and stayed involved with the delivery of Girl Scout cookies for many years. She was a homemaker and a devoted Christian who cared for others.

"There are people God places on this Earth to be nurturers, the caregivers. Pat was one of these individuals. She did so quietly and with great strength. Her family draws comfort, secure in the knowledge that she is at peace and at last joined again with her beloved husband, her mother and father, and the extended family who preceded her. It is fitting that Pat is the last to pass of that generation of this family. Her earthly work is done. All is well."


3 Dec 10

Posted by Anita:
Condolences on passing of George Conner's Mom
Louise Norman Conner died 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. She was 83 years old.

Louise taught home economics at John Tyler High School, and later worked with Head Start and various adult education classes. She was a member of Glenwood United Methodist Church for more than 50 years until its closing, and was then a member of Fairwood United Methodist Church. She also volunteered with various professional and civic organizations including Young Homemakers of America, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Pilot Club, Taste of Tyler, Holt House, and for seven years taught Bible Study Fellowship.


2 Dec 10
Posted by Reeves:
Condolences to Betty Moffitt

Evelyn Atwood Moffitt, 89, passed away after a brief illness on Nov. 28, 2010, at Hospice of East Texas.
Ms. Moffitt attended school at Tyler Junior College and the Dallas Theological Seminary and was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. She taught school at Caldwell Preschool and Whitehouse ISD for nearly 40 years. She attended weekly services at Grace Community Church and was also a member of the Smith County Historical Society and Smith County Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association.
 

30 Nov 10

Posted by David T:
Jeanie Caskey Brookshires Father in Law passed away.

Levi Dean Brookshire, 96, of Tyler passed away on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, in Tyler under the care of Hospice of East Texas.
Dean began full-time ministry work in 1940 in Monument, N.M., and continued his ministry in Plainview, Lubbock, Richardson, Tyler, Longview and Van. Mr. Brookshire held gospel meetings in more than 20 different states and several different countries. The highlight of his ministry was to walk where Jesus had walked and to preach in Jerusalem on two different occasions. He was a member of the West Erwin Church of Christ where he served as the pulpit minister from 1958 to 1968.


5 Nov 10
Posted by Jake:
Condolences to Cheryl Thomas on loss of her mother

Minnie Maurine Thomas, 89, of Tyler went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in Tyler.
She had lived in Tyler for 63 years, was a housewife and homemaker and was a member of Tyland Baptist Church.
Lynda Weaver Williams wrote:  Cheryl's mom was such a sweetheart to many of us when we were young.


5 Oct 10
Posted by David Hubbard:
Several have asked about my bro. John - got word he died 21st Sept. from a heart attack in Cali.

His son called me - The family here hadn't heard from John in over 15 yrs.
Susan Willie added: David so sad for your family, the dynamics of families never ceases to boggle my mind.
 

1 Oct 10
Posted by Anita:
This is the brother of our classmate, Shari Simpson Brown

Baxter Dale Simpson, 56, of Tyler passed away on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Dallas. He was born Oct. 1, 1953, in Tyler. He had lived in Tyler all of his life. In 1979 he founded and owned and operated Simpson Electric Co. in Tyler. He was a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Baxter was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

30 Aug 10

Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Melonie Tillery Stanley on loss of her mother


Marionetta Faye Smith-George, 79, Tyler, was born on March 5, 1931, in Flower Mound. She passed away peacefully into the care of her Heavenly Father on Aug. 28, 2010.
She graduated from Crozier Tech in 1948, was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church, and was well known for her love of computers, as well as cooking and sewing. 

 

22 Jul 10
Posted by MASS:
Loye B. Beene passed away last night. He is the father of Sharon and Loye Beene.

He was born on March 4, 1927, in Stanton. He was a retired self-employed contractor. He was a member of Westwood Baptist Church.



21 Jul 10
Posted by David T:
Glenn Nick's daughter passed away over the weekend .  She was mowing near a creek bed and apparently fell in with the mower on top of her.


Anjanette Nick Herring, 40, of Tyler passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2010, in Tyler. She was preceded in death by twin brothers on July 15, 1971, Robbie G. and Bobby G. Nick.
She was born June 27, 1970, in Tyler to Glenn and Angelia Nick. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Tyler, a homemaker and mother to her children.


8 Jul 10
Posted by Susan Willie:
Kenneth Cook, 61, Spring, formerly of Tyler, died Monday, July 5, 2010, in Houston. He was born May 17, 1949, in Anniston, Ala. He was reared in Tyler, leaving in 1968 to join the Army.
Survivors include son, Kenneth Cook Jr.; daughter, Angela Crayton; brother, Ronnie Cook; and sister, Judy Starr.
David Turner added: Kenneth attended JT our Sophomore and Junior Year, Joining the Army in 1968 and going to Viet Nam.  He passed away July 5, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  In the 80's and 90's, Kenneth and Ronnie's mother Dot owned and operated Dot"s Cafe in Brownsboro that was frequented by Law Enforcement and First Responders.

 

24 Jun 10
Posted by Jake:

It was on this date that Jeanette Womack posted the sad news of Maggie's passing, ending her brave fight against cancer. On the day Maggie died, Jeanette wrote on the website, “I will miss that little girl but she is probably running down the streets of heaven and asking a zillion questions and getting answers.  I love that!”

Maggie Lane Cobb, 10, of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, June 24, 2010 peacefully at her home in Texarkana, Texas. Maggie Cobb was born, August 3, 1999 in Texarkana, Texas. Maggie was an honor student at Pleasant Grove Intermediate School. She possessed a tremendous appetite for learning. She earned her black belt in Taekwando, loved to play soccer, spend time with her family and read.

The day before Maggie died, Jeanette wrote: Beckie, I know that God patiently waited for Maggie and is just preparing her family for her new home.  When she gets to heaven she will be surrounded with books, American girl dolls, and Spongebob!  She has been such an inspiration.  I know her family would want me to thank everyone for their prayers.  Reeves, I agree that my prayers have increased by volumes over the past years.

 

24 Jun 10

Posted by Inelle Gage Wicker:
After hearing of Maggie's new journey....

I am remembering some special times after the loss of my loved ones.  Getting through those first several days and nights were very difficult and wanting to see their sweet faces and hear their voice or smell their familiar body scent.  I always looked up to the skies/heaven and would always see their smiles and hear their voices and know they were in God's care and at eternal rest.  Comfort and peace would always calm me.

Tonight, Jimmy and I went to the other side of the lake for dinner and again experienced some strong sensations in just a couple of hours  .... feeling this was the welcome for little Maggie.

Strong Hard Rain .... the flowing tears of sadness, but also for the joy of the new journey.

Scattered Lightning .... the celebration of fireworks welcoming her to heaven.

Loud Thunder .... the drum roll announcing her to heaven.

Calm, Peaceful, Still Waters ...  she is at eternal rest of peace and comfort.  ALL IS OK.

Magnificent Sun Rays Shining through Beautiful Floating Clouds ....she is definitely welcomed, loved, and cared for by so many.

Pretty Pink and Blue Clouds with Golden Sun Rays .... she is already helping with heavenly designs for us to remember her always.  ........ BREATH-TAKING!

Prayers, Peace, and Love to all ....

 

17 Jun 10
Posted by Reeves:
Our sympathy to Dwaine on the loss of his mother.

Remona Boren Thedford, 80, of Tyler, passed away on June 15, 2010, in Tyler. Remona lived in Tyler most of her life.
She was of the Baptist faith. Remona worked for the Tyler Independent School District in the transportation department and previously worked for Montgomery Ward for many years. Remona retired in 2009. As an avid quilter, she won many ribbons at the East Texas State Fair for her quilt work. Remona was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and will be missed by all who loved her.

 

22 May 10
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Duane Thedford & family


Travis Thedford, 86, of Tyler passed away on May 20, 2010, in Tyler. Travis lived most of his life in Tyler.
He retired from J.C. Penny after 30 years of service. Travis then worked as a cross guard for the city of Tyler for more than 15 years. He was a Baptist.


14 May 10

Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Louis Hearn and family on loss of step-father

John L. Zorn, 98, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Legacy Hospice in Tyler. Born June 3, 1911, in Roff, Okla., Mr. Zorn was a few weeks shy of his 99th birthday.
John was a longtime resident of the Tyler area and he and his family were Tyler rose growers for many years. He was in the first graduating class at Tyler Junior College in 1930 and served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater, as well as Japan. He was the oldest living veteran in Smith County at the time of his death. He and his wife of 42 years, Joyce Nelson Zorn, were members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, and he was also a member of Marvin United Methodist Church. He worked for a number of years at Tyler Pipe Industries.


13 May 10

Posted by Anita:
From Sallie Bell Reeves - Her sister, Mary Sue Bell Puckett, passed away this morning from a brain hemorrhage. Please keep Sallie and Pierce in your thoughts and prayers.

Mary Sue Bell Puckett, 70, of Garland, passed away at a local hospital on May 13, 2010. She was raised in Tyler, Texas and was a graduate of Tyler High School, Tyler Junior College, and Pan American University.
Sue was a loving woman who valued her family and friends and loved the word of the Lord. She was a school teacher and recently retired as a legal secretary. She loved reading, doing crossword puzzles, and caring for her bird, Squeaker. Sue was a member of the Prestonwood Baptist Church and a supporter of the military.


11 May 10

Posted by Anita:
Sammy is Bobbie Sue Warren's brother!
Sammy "Nugget" Warren, 62, of Tyler died on Saturday, May 8, 2010, in Jacksonville. He had lived in Tyler most of his life and was a self-employed carpet layer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Gail Warren; and by a daughter, Gena Warren.


9 May 10

Posted by Jake:
This was posted by an acquaintance and I thought it worth sharing:

"My mother passed away 24 years ago on Mothers Day. She was 58 years old and had an undiagnosed connective tissue disorder much like Lou Gehrig's disease and MS.

My most lasting and poignant memory of her was made on one raw, cold, windy March morning when I was about 10 years old. She had been attempting to mop the bare wooden floors in our house and her many children kept running in from outside, tracking muddy feet across the floors with each trip. On one particular sashay through the house, I heard a strange sound. I discovered her kneeling behind the wood-burning heater, softly praying for each of us kids. I stood and listened for a moment, then slowly backed out of the room, changed forever with the force of a mother's love.

She died with what she brought with her in the way of worldly goods...nothing. But she had built up such a storehouse of love that she was rich beyond measure in the eyes if all who knew her.

I'm sure, though, that she is now enjoying all of the richness of God's Kingdom now and forever.

I love you, Mama."


20 Apr 10

Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Retha & Kerry Stanley on loss of their daughter

Molly Katherine Stanley, 25, of Lindale died Sunday, April 18, 2010, in Lindale. She was born Jan. 8, 1985, in Tyler, the daughter of Kerry Lee and Retha Faye Thompson Stanley, and was a lifelong resident of Lindale.
Molly graduated from Lindale High School in 2003, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Tyler Junior College, was an editor for the TJC Bell Tower and a member of the First United Methodist Church Lindale. She worked for 413 Strengthgear in Tyler and was to graduate Tyler Junior College with an associate degree in graphic design and photography in May, where she was on the president's/dean's list.

Reeves added: I had always hoped that Retha would show up at one of the gatherings.  We had good laughs in high school.  My thoughts are with both families.  Strange how we celebrate good news one day and soon follows tragedy.  I guess that's what is called "Life.


12 Apr 10
Posted by Anita:
Losing another of the "Greatest Generation.
Mr. Roberts is Pam Hogenmiller Roberts father-in-law: 

Joseph James "Joe" Roberts Jr. Services for Joseph "Joe" James Roberts Jr., 88, of Tyler, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday April 10, 2010, at his home in Tyler.

He graduated from Tyler High School and attended The University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and piloted a P-51 Mustang fighter. He was shot down over France and spent 18 months as a German Prisoner of War. He subsequently escaped and made his way back to Allied territory. Upon his return to the U.S., he received treatment for his injuries and met his future wife, Army Nurse Harriette Bunker.
He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, serving numerous terms on the Vestry and as junior warden. He was a lay reader, chalice bearer, completed the education for ministry curriculum, and served as Scoutmaster for Christ Church Cub Scout Pack 2.


11 Apr 10

Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Phillip Browning on loss of his mother

Graveside services for Nelda Browning, 82, of Fort Worth, formerly of Tyler, went to be with the Lord following a short illness on April 8, 2010, in North Richland Hills. She was born on May 5, 1927, in Lindale and was a lifelong resident of Tyler.
Mrs. Browning was a member of West Erwin Church of Christ where she worked as the secretary to the minister for 29 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Harold Browning.

 

25 Mar 10

Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Bob & Diane Neill on the passing of her father
Benjamin Harold Rushing, 83, Tyler, passed away on March 18, 2010, at ETMC in Tyler.

Benjamin graduated from Tyler High School. He attended Tyler Business College and Tyler Junior College. Benjamin served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, and then worked for the railroad, retiring after 39 years of service. He was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church. There is also a World War II memorial with his name that is in his hometown along Rushing Road in Noonday, which is named after the family. Mr. Rushing liked to play golf, play "42" with his friends and he enjoyed other activities at the church. He also loved his collection of train memorabilia.
Jake added: …. will pause a moment for Bob, Diann and family as they bid farewell to her father. A man who lives for his family, his friends and his faith has incredible riches awaiting him on the other side.  
It's a comfort for many of us to remember those loved ones still looking out for us after they've gone on to their reward. We may miss their touch, but we will always feel their presence.

 

18 Mar 10
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Suzanne Florence Goetze & husband Perry on the loss of her mother

Mary C. Florence "Nanny", 83, passed on to be with the Lord March 15, 2010, in San Antonio. Mary was born in San Marcos, where her childhood memories began. She attended Federal Institute of Tyler where she met Johnny Mac Florence and they married in 1945. Mary spent all her married life in Tyler fulfilling her wishes and desires as a "homemaker and mother."
In 2000, Mary moved to San Antonio to be near her sister and aunt. She had a zest for life, a special place in her heart for all of God's creations and an impassioned love for the Lord.


18 Mar 10
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Charles Hill on loss of his brother

Sam R. Hill III, 61, of Tyler, passed away March 16, 2010, after a short battle with lung cancer and a lifetime war with Type 1 juvenile diabetes.
Sam enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved animals and was especially proud of his beloved dog, Pebbles. He also loved to watch wrestling and crime shows. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and also attended Green Acres Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, stepfather, brother and son. He had a beautiful smile and touched many hearts throughout his lifetime.

 

8 Feb 10

Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Robbie Ott on loss of husband

Harry John Ott Jr., 62, of Tyler, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler. In October 1967 he married Robbie, the love of his life, and had a son, David, and daughter, Lindsay.
Harry served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1970-1972 in the First Cavalry Airmobile. Before retiring in 2008, Harry worked for the Coca-Cola Company for 18 years, during which time he traveled to more than 130 countries and never met a stranger.

Harry loved his church family, his friends and especially his grandson, Sam, who brought so much joy to his life.

Tommy Johnson wrote: Robbie, I just wanted to extend my condolences to you and your family. I don't know whether you knew this or not but I first met Harry at our neighborhood park(Herndon Hills park) just down the street from where Harry and his family lived when we were in Elementary school. In the summers we would all meet every day for park activities, ping pong, tether ball,chess and checkers. Harry was quite the tether ball champion and we had many good laughs over his antics at the park. Please know that Jeanie and I will keep you in our prayers in the coming days......much love....

Jake wrote: Until the Fish Fry last year, I never had really sat down and talked with Harry. There was a lull while food was still being prepared, ladies were visiting and taking photos, David and his crew were busy at the fryers, and others were just enjoying the sunny view of Hideaway Lake and the fall weather.
Harry was at a table by himself, a look of contentment, maybe serenity is a better word, on his face. As soon as I sat down at his table, a big smile and a warm handshake ushered me into that oasis of calm that seemed to surround him.
I discovered you don't have to make conversation with Harry. It just happens so naturally and easily. His eyes truly sparkled, his laughter was as gentle as the lazy sunshine reflected on the lake, and you felt you were in the presence of a genuine gentleman.
Like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, as memories of the Fish Fry fade, one thing remains: Harry's smile.

 

5 Feb 10

Posted by Susan Willie:
My nephew, Clint, shot and killed himself two weeks after his mother, Nancy died. Sonny and Karen used all their funds for the funeral of Nancy. This is from the article from the newspaper.
Clinton Ray Wildeisen of Sullivan, MO, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2010, at the age of 47 years.


Clint is survived by his father, Clifford Wildeisen; a sister, Karen Halbert and husband Jack, all of Sullivan; other relatives and friends.
 

20 Jan 10

Added by Jake:

Condolences to Susan W. Bryce on the death of her sister-in-law
Nancy Carroll Wildeisen of Sullivan, Missouri passed away Monday, January 18, 2010 at the age of 71 years.

Nancy was employed at various companies in the area which included the former Fashion Shoe Company, Meramec Industries, Fiber Craft and Industrial Wire Products from which she retired. On October 22, 1954 she married Clifford (Sonny) John Wildeisen, Jr. and they had two children. Nancy spent 35 years teaching the sport of bowling to youngsters, an activity she greatly enjoyed. She and Sonny are the only couple in the Four Rivers Bowling Hall of Fame. Nancy loved the outdoors and was fond of flower gardening. She also treasured the time spent with her grandchildren.
 

17 Jan 10
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Linda Fout Nelson and family on loss of her father
J.R. Fout, 78, Tyler, died Jan. 15, 2010, after a lengthy illness. He was a retired truck driver and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin brothers and sister, Bonnie Grizzell.


15 Jan 10
Posted by Anita:
Gale Zaylor Ozment's brother-in-law, Dennis Alan Ozment, died unexpectedly on Jan.12. He was a senior when we were sophomores.


Dennis had a 34-year-long career with the Internal Revenue Service. Since his retirement in 2006, he had enjoyed his grandchildren, golf, gardening and volunteering with Tax Help of New Mexico.


7 Jan 10
Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Marcie Albright Crow on loss of her father

Earlton Whitfield Albright Jr. Services for Earlton Whitfield Albright Jr., 85, of Gilmer, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, in a local hospice facility. Mr. Albright was born on Nov. 30, 1924, in Marietta to Earlton W. Sr. and Willie Mae Coppella Albright.
He graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and served in the Marine Corps during World War II. Mr. Albright worked in wholesale gas sales, retiring from Martin Gas, and was a member of the Disciples of Christ.

Bob Neill wrote: Marcie is truly touched by the thoughts, prayers, and inquiries and sends back her love to all of you.

 

5 Jan 10

Posted by Anita:
Condolences for passing of Dickie Terry's Mom

Daisy Dell Terry, 82, of Tyler passed away on Jan. 3, 2010. She was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., on May 17, 1927. Mrs. Terry had worked as a lab technician at East Texas Medical Center for more than 20 years when she retired in January 1990. She was a member of the Glenwood Church of Christ.

 

5 Jan 10

Posted by Anita:

Condolences for passing of Jimmy Haralson's sister

Janet Haralson, 54, Tyler, passed away peacefully on Dec. 19, 2009. She graduated from John Tyler High School and attended Tyler Junior College and the University of North Texas. Currently she was the general dispatcher and operational manager for J.A. Haralson Moving and North American Van Lines.

 

2009 & 2008

 

22 Oct 09

Posted by Christi:
Condolences to Suzy Grubbs Hensley on death of her father

Services for Albert Weldon Grubbs, 88, Tyler, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, in Tyler.
He was formerly a member of Queen Street Baptist Church, now Westwood Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. He was also a member and deacon of First Baptist Church, Alba, and West Lake Baptist Church, Chandler. He was currently a member of First Baptist Church, Gresham. He taught Sunday school for many years to all ages. He was a surveyor for John Cowan & Associates for more than 30 years. He was a Master Mason at a Tyler lodge.
 

13 Sep 09

Posted by Anita:
Condolences to Jimmy Hickman on the loss of his father
Beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend, F. Eugene "Gene" Hickman, 82, peacefully went to be with his Lord on Sept. 11, 2009.
Gene held the rank of corporal in the U.S. Army until honorably discharged in 1947. He received the World War II Victory medal. He and wife Bettie are loved members of Friendly Baptist Church since 1966 and most recently one "pair" of the "Pairs and Spares" class. Gene proudly worked for and retired as a patrolman after 35 years, 6 months and one day with the Tyler Police Department.

 

29 Aug 09
Posted by Robbie:

Just got word that Gail Zaylor Ozment's mom, Marge, died this past week in Oklahoma
Marge Pittinger, age 79, died Aug. 26, 2009, in Tulsa, Okla., after being a lifelong resident of Tyler.
Marge was retired from the Tyler ISD after many years of service. She had a lifelong love of animals, and she and husband OJ were founding members of the Tyler Obedience Club, as well as being active in the Model A Club of Tyler. Perhaps her most self-fulfilling role came after retirement, as a CASA volunteer. Her love of children and her desire to help them stay safe was of benefit to numerous adolescents.

 

31 Jul 09

Posted by Anita:

Matt Bice's brother away 
Mike Lee Bice, 56, Tyler, passed away peacefully July 27, 2009. He was born Aug. 11, 1952, in Lamesa and was a graduate of Whitehouse High School and member of First Baptist Church, Tyler.

 

8 Jul 09

Posted by David T:

Just read in the Tyler paper where Mike Oxford's mother passed away

Dorothy Lois Oxford, 79, died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Hospice of East Texas HomePlace.

"Little Ma," as she was fondly called by her loved ones, held a variety of jobs. She was a switchboard operator, a waitress at the Carlton Hotel, a caregiver, and before retiring was a cashier at Martin's Mini Mart. Most of all, she worked very hard to take care of her family. Her hobbies included dancing, singing, writing poems, cooking and shopping. She could also solve a mean crossword puzzle from any newspaper or magazine. She was an avid sports fan, watching golf, baseball and her favorite tennis pro, Andre Agassi. She spent countless hours picking out just the right greeting card to give her loved ones for special occasions. She also never left any stone unturned while planning the Christmas holidays with dozens of food dishes and numerous gifts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

29 Jun 09
Posted by Anita:
Condolences for Debbie Thedford Deeson on the loss of her mother
Juanita Ford Thedford, 89, of Whitehouse, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2009, in Tyler. She was born on Jan. 2, 1920, in Chandler to the late Charlie and Nora Hearn King. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. 

 

24 Jun 09

Posted by Paula S.J.:
….just got some bad news - we've had a tragic death in our family - my Aunt Waynie - married to my Dad's youngest brother, John Stephenson - some of you might know them - John had Stephenson Pharmacy (behind Medical Center hospital) for many years - and his father-in-law, Waynie's dad, was Wayne Griffin of Griffin-Hargrave Pharmacy back in the day ... Waynie was only 66 and died of a massive heart attack yesterday - she was the older sister of Pat Griffin (who is also deceased) who was a few years behind us at JT.
Waynie Mae Stephenson, 65, Tyler, passed away in Tyler on June 23, 2009. She co-owned Stephenson Pharmacy in Tyler since 1980 with her husband John. Waynie Mae was born May 23, 1944, in Siloam Springs, Ark., to the late Wayne Griffin and Inez Spiers Griffin, and
Waynie Mae was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to many and was well known as an avid outdoor enthusiast and animal lover.
 

1 Jun 09

Posted by MASS:
Condolences to Linda Staples Peery on the death of her husband
Larry Foy Peery, 60, DeSoto, was born Dec. 1, 1948, and passed away on the morning of June 1, 2009, at his residence.
He was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and also attended Tyler Junior College. With more than 30 years of dedicated service, he was able to retire from AT&T, formerly known as Southwestern Bell.

 

24 May 09

Posted by Anita:
Tommy Kitchens' sister, Barbara Kitchens Elrod, died Thursday afternoon here in Tyler

Barbara Ann Elrod, 78, of Tyler, was born May 21, 1931, in Tyler to the late Authur Ray and Edna Terrell Kitchens and passed away May 21, 2009, in Tyler. She lived in Tyler all of her life, was a bookkeeper, an active 60-plus years member of Westwood Baptist Church, formerly Queen Street Baptist Church, secretary of the Women's Ministry and a volunteer for Tyler Area Builders Association.

 

24 May 09

Added by Jake:

Condolences to Connie Bagby Williams on the loss of her mother

Mrs. Janie F. Gibbons, 80, Tyler died May 24, 2009, in a Tyler nursing facility. She was born Oct. 3, 1929, in White Rock to the late James Monroe Bench and Ora Grace Bench. She has lived in Tyler for the past 44 years and also in Wolfe City, Greenville and Dallas. She was a faithful minister's wife to her husband, the Rev. Matt C. Gibbons, supporting him in all his travels and workings for the Lord. 

 

18 Apr 09

Posted by Linda Staples Peery:
Just a note, my brother James, passed away a little while ago. Thanks for the prayers, I am just glad he is finally out of pain, but is gonna be a tough one for the family.

James W. "Jim" Staples, 76, Tyler, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2009. James was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church and a 50-year member of the T.R. Bonner Masonic Lodge. He began working for Kelly-Springfield Tire Company on their initial opening day and retired after 32 years of service. James was also a founding member of the Kelly-Springfield Employees Credit Union. James shared his love of music and the Lord with many, including faithfully ministering at nursing homes in the area. He especially enjoyed traveling and playing bluegrass music with his friends.

 

16 Apr 09

Posted by Beverly Owers Gilley:
Jerry's dad, Herman Gilley passed away Wednesday, April 15, at 4:43 PM. He was moved to Hospice last Friday evening for pain management. He had chosen earlier in the week to not continue transfusions

Herman Ray Gilley, 85, Tyler, passed away on April 15, 2009, in Tyler. Mr. Gilley was an active member of the United Methodist Church, serving in almost every capacity through the years.
He was an avid vegetable and flower gardener and worked in the yard and on the farm until recently. He retired from Witco with 33 years of service and then from Carrier with 10 years of service. Mr. Gilley served honorably in the Army during World War II in the Philippines and Japan.

Bob Neill wrote:  As so many Lions have expressed today, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. There is a Hebrew Proverb that says, "Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was."

 

11 Nov 08
Added by Jake:
Condolences to Lana War on death of her father
Grady Myers Ward, 96, Tyler, died Nov. 9, 2008, in a Tyler nursing home.
He was born March 10, 1912, in Kemp to the late John Brady and Ora Hamm Ward. He served in the Army during WW II and retired from the Texas Highway Department as a sign painter. Mr. Ward had been a member of East Tyler Baptist church and had lived in Tyler for more than 72 years.

 

6 Nov 08
Added by Jake:

Condolences to Jerry & Judy Nick on the loss of his dad
J.C. "Johnnie B Good" Nick, 82, Tyler, died Nov. 4, 2008, at his residence. He was born on February 6, 1926, in Colfax, La., to Johnnie and Angie Dubois Nick, and lived in Louisiana before moving to the Tyler area in 1947. He was a self-employed vendor and a member of Pine Springs Baptist Church.