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  • Ben Bernard
  • Nathan Boyd
  • Virginia Bozeman
  • Rubye Broughton
  • Darwin Hodges
  • Helen Howard
  • Ernest Lane
  • Joe Laumen
  • Pete Liles
  • Ted Maffitt
  • Frankie Novak
  • Mary Rogers
  • Fred Roquemore
  • George Shuffer
  • Dale Smith
  • Pattie Smith
  • Ben Thompson
  • Duke Thurman

  • 1941
  • Bascom Bentley
  • Arnold Broughton
  • Don Carroll
  • Dorothy Davis
  • Shirley Dickson
  • Clarence Fryar
  • Beatrice Jones
  • Mary Lockey
  • Jeanne Selden
  • Mary Helen Smith

  • 1942
  • Forrest Bradberry
  • Helen Broughton
  • Harold Copeland
  • Bill Dressell
  • Katherine Elliott
  • Claire Fields
  • Loneta June Gatewood
  • Georgia Guynn
  • Virginia Hamlett
  • Perry Hoyler
  • Irby Hughes
  • Pat Krohn
  • Norman Mollard
  • Frank Moore
  • Vernon Pounds
  • Ulon Rankin
  • Voncile Ritchey
  • Mary Smith
  • Betty Walker
  • Gene Wilson

  • 1943
  • Bill Avera
  • Virginia Carroll
  • Lloyd Graves
  • Edwin Lockey
  • Clara McDonald
  • Doris Nelms
  • Jesse Ramsey
  • Wanda Steel
  • Juanita Warren
  • John White

  • 1944
  • Ernest Camp
  • Thomas Colley
  • Louise Headrick
  • A D Henderson
  • Margaret Nell Henson
  • Charles Holmes
  • Ralph Irvine
  • Norma Rausin


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    Mabran Dewey Bernard 1940
    Born 04-19-1923
    Died 11-05-1991
    Age  68
    1940 Ben Bernard
    "A real senior we must confess,
    always smiling."

    Services for Ben Bernard, 68, of Jacksonville, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Broyles Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Kincaid officiating.

    Burial will be under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Bernard died Tuesday in Nan Travis Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.

    He was born April 19, 1923, in Anderson County, to Dewey Jessie and Clara Elizabeth Honea Bernard.

    He served during World War II in the Army, and was a retired civil service employee.

    Mr. Bernard was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Bernard, on October 8, 1987.

    He is survived by a daughter, Helena Moosbauer of Germany; sisters, Mavis Poole of Jacksonville, and Virginia Grimsley of Phoenix; and three grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-06-1991
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    Nathan G Boyd 1940
    Born 07-27-1922
    Died 12-05-1985
    Age  63
    1940 Natham Boyd
    "I'll spend much time in looking
    for a girl to do my coooking."

    Services for Nathan G. Boyd, 63 of Palestine will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel with the Revs. Charles Bretz and Jack DuPree officiating. Burial will be in Land of Memory Cemetery.

    Mr. Boyd was born in Palestine on July 27, 1922, son of William Earnest and Mable Morris Boyd. He died Thursday at Anderson County Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

    He was a 1940 graduate of Palestine High School and a member of the First Christian Church. He served in the Air Force during World War II, seeing overseas duty in both England and Germany.

    After leaving the service, Mr.Boyd worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad until he retired in 1982 after 36 years in the freight claims department. He owned and operated Stor-Mor mini-storage in Palestine.

    Survivors include his wife, Gerry Reed Boyd; daughters, Natha Patricia Boyd and Mrs. Steve (Cindi) Presley, both of Palestine; two grandchildren; sister, Duvergn Henderson of Palestine.

    Pallbearers will be James Calloway, Jimmy Cheatham, Spence Carnathan, Forrest Bradberry, Luke Thornton, Virgil Perry, Billy Shelton and Dr. John Presley.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research, 1315 Calhoun, Suite 1818, Houston, Texas 77002 or to the memorial of choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-09-1989
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    Virginia Bozeman Walding 1940
    Born 12-02-1922
    Died 06-22-2006
    Age  83
    1940 Virginia Bozeman
    "Always happy, never blue,
    very popular, too."

    Services for Virginia Bozeman Walding, 83, of Baton Rouge, and formerly of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Jay Abernathy officiating. Burial will be in the Frankston City Cemetery.

    Mrs. Walding died Thursday in Baton Rouge Nursing Home.

    She was born December 2, 1922 in Palestine to James Bozeman and Ruth Hughes Bozeman.

    Mrs. Walding was a Baptist and a homemaker.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Jack P. Walding, who died in 1983.

    Mrs. Walding is survived by daughter, Deborah Walding and husband Tiger Drake of Baton Rouge; son, J. Craig Walding and wife Dina of Houston; and five grandchildren, Danny Minter of Lanoka, N.J., Jared, Devan and Joel Walding, all of Nova Scotia, Canada; and a granddaughter, Maria Walding of Houston.

    Pallbearers will be Danny Minter, Jared Walding, Devan Walding, Joel Walding, Tiger Drake and Craig Walding.

    Condolence calls will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-25-2006
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    Rubye Elizabeth Broughton Trigg 1940
    Born 10-17-1922
    Died 08-22-1995
    Age  72
    1940 Rubye Broughton
    "Home loving hearts are happiest."

    Services for Rubye Trigg, 72, of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home with Dan Manuel officiating. Burial will be at Guiceland Cemetery.

    Mrs. Trigg died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.

    She was born in Anderson County on October 17, 1922, to Oscar and Mable Wilkie Broughton. She was a sales clerk. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Palestine.

    Mrs. Trigg is survived by her husband, Hayden Trigg of Palestine; daughters, Sharon Bragg of Tyler and Becky Craft of Palestine; son, Randy Trigg of Palestine; brothers, Oscar Broughton Jr. of Houston and Ted Broughton of Palestine; and several grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Jerry Brown, John Morris, Jim Crook, Jim Thornell, Donald Bethrum and Billy Crutcher.

    Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    Memorials may be made to Cartmell Home for the Aged.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 08-30-1995
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    Hayden Darwin Hodges 1940
    Born 10-28-1922
    Died 04-26-2004
    Age  81
    1940 Darwin Hodges
    "And still the wonder grew
    how one small head could carry all he knew."

    Graveside services for H. Darwin Hodges, 81, of Duncanville, and formerly of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Palestine City Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Glenn officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

    Mr. Hodges died Monday at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Duncanville.

    He was born October 28, 1922 in Palestine to Hayden Judson and Hattie Belle Berry Hodges.

    Mr. Hodges graduated from Texas A&M and was retired from Mobile Oil as a physicist. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the St. Paul Episcopal Church in Dallas.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Mr. Hodges is survived by his wife, June Shelton Hodges of Duncanville; and a sister, Jane Henderson and husband Bob of Palestine.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Robert Henderson, Adam Henderson, Jay Henderson, Danny Unger, Daniel Unger, Joshua Unger, and Josiah Unger.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-28-2004
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    Helen Juanita Howard 1940
    Born 08-08-1922
    Died 07-28-2007
    Age  84
    1940 Helen Howard
    "Ah Helen! forever dear, forever kind."

    Helen J Howard, born August 8, 1922, passed away July 28th, 2007 after a short illness. Helen graduated Palestine High School in 1940, and then moved to Dallas in 1941. She worked for Western Union until her retirement in the mid 1960’s. Helen enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling during her retirement.

    Helen is survived by her sister, Savilla Howard, and brother: G. R. Howard, both of Dallas.

    Helen will be in state Monday, July 30th, 2007 at Grove Hill Funeral Home until 8 P.M. Services will be held Tuesday, July 31st at 10 A.M. at the Funeral Home.

    Graveside services will be help at 3 P.M. at the Broyles Chapel Cemetery in Palestine, Texas

    Source: Dallas Morning News 07-30-2007
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    Ernest Lane 1940
    Born 04-28-1919
    Died 10-08-2009
    Age  90
    1940 Ernest Lane
    "We will miss him more than words can tell."

    Services for Ernest Lane, 90, of Palestine will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Bailey and Foster Chapel with the Rev. Jay Abernathy officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

    Mr. Lane died Thursday at his residence.

    He was born April 28, 1919, in Anderson County to Louis and Mary Walker Lane.

    Mr. Lane graduated from Palestine High School and owned and operated the City Shoe Shop in Palestine since 1943. A lifelong supporter of the Palestine Wildcats and anything connected to his grandchildren, he traveled the United States to be a part of their lives. He will be greatly missed. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Palestine.

    Mr. Lane was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers. Cecil Lane, Vernon Lane and Charles Lane.

    He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Clara Lane of Palestine; a daughter, Marylyn Lane DeFilippo and husband John of Houston; son, Robert Lane and wife Sandra of Palestine; brother, Jack Lane; five grandchildren, Melanie Lane Dulworth and husband Paul, Scott Lane and wife Emily, Anthony DeFilippo and wife Laura, Christina DeFilippo Mack and husband Peter, David DeFilippo; and two great-grandchildren Max Dulworth and Lucas DeFilippo.

    Pallbearers will be Anthony DeFilippo, Cpt. David DeFilippo, Scott Lane, Paul Dulworth, Dr. Pete Mack and Paul Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Leroy Mathis, Proctor Moore, Judge Bascom Bentley and Duane Raines.

    We would like to extend a special thanks to Vernice Dickson, Patsy Morrison, JoAnn Brookings and all those who so lovingly helped care for him.

    Condolence calls will be received from noon to 2 p.m. today before the service.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-10-2009
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    Joseph Gerhardt Laumen Jr 1940
    Born 04-07-1922
    Died 07-05-2005
    Age  83
    1940 Joe Laumen
    "In his school days he played many parts."

    Joseph Gerhardt Laumen Jr. was born on April 7, 1922 in Palestine, Texas to parents, Laura Cutter and Joseph G. Laumen, Sr.; Joe died July 5, 2005.

    Mr. Laumen began piano lessons with Miss Louise Stevens prior to entering public school. As a 10-year-old student of Miss Stevens, he was presented in a recital at Palestine High School Auditorium, featuring Mozart's Sonata No. 1, Beethoven's Rondo A Capriccio Op. 129 as well as works of Grieg, Schumann and Haydn. Later he shared his technique and talents as a music teacher to 22 students in their recitals in 1949 and 1950. Mr. Laumen's musical ability was shared with community service clubs and school groups for many years.

    He continued these musical studies until graduation from Palestine High School in 1940 when he entered S.M.U. and studied piano with Dean Paul Van Katwijk. He graduated from S.M.U. with a B.A. degree and a Master of Education degree from Sam Houston State University. His college attendance was interrupted when as a member of the enlisted reserve he reported for duty. He received an honorable discharge from Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Little Rock, Ark.

    Joe Laumen began his teaching career at Woodhouse High School in Anderson County. He retired from Palestine I.S.D. after decades of teaching, principal, and diagnostician service.

    Joe was later executive vice-president of the family-owned Palestine Coca-Cola Bottling Company. He served as a member of Phi Beta Gamma; honorary comparative literature fraternity, the Civic Theatre Club; Palestine Civic Music Association; Vestry member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church; and member of The Orchid Society of Tyler.

    Joe was married to Nancy V. Simpson Laumen. The life-long resident was survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Martha Jeanne Laumen Surles and Clint C. Surles; nephew and wife, Christopher Clinton Surles and Lea Good Surles; and niece and husband, Susan Surles and Randle Franklin Osborne; great-nephew, great-niece, along with a community of friends.

    A memorial service is pending at a later date and any memorials may be made to your favorite charity in Joe's name.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 07-07-2005
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    Clements Clifford Liles 1940
    Born 01-26-1923
    Died 05-18-2006
    Age  83
    1940 Pete Lilies
    "He plays a trombone,
    You'll hear him someday on a victor."

    Memorial services for Clements Clifford “Pete” Liles, 83, of Emerald Bay on Lake Palestine near Bullard, are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday with Pastor Jay Riley of Emerald Bay Community Church and the Rev. Lynn Wilhite of First United Methodist Church of Elkhart officiating.

    Local arrangements are being handled by Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler. Burial will be in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s columbarium in Grants Pass, Ore.

    Mr. Liles died Thursday at Hospice of East Texas’ Home Place.

    He was born January 26, 1923 in Jacksonville to Samuel Isaac Liles and Mary Agnes Stripling Liles. The family later moved to Palestine, where he grew up among his four brothers and two sisters. He graduated in 1940 from Palestine High School, where he played trombone in the band.

    Mr. Liles attended Baylor University for two years, then worked in the shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss., as part of the civilian effort during World War II. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Army, then transferred to the Army Air Corps, which later became the U.S. Air Force, and was trained to fly P-47s. After the war, he attended the University of Texas at Austin on the G.I. Bill for two years, studying engineering.

    On Dec. 25, 1947 Mr. Liles married Barbara Ann Darnall in Palestine. He wife preceded him in death in 1996. They had two daughters, Susan and Elizabeth.

    Mr. Liles first joined his father selling life insurance for Southwestern Life, then took a job with Bethlehem Supply Company in Kilgore selling oil field supply equipment. The company transferred him to Magnolia, Ark., where he spent four years, then in 1956, he was transferred to Shreveport, La.

    In 1965 he joined Christensen Diamond Products selling diamond drill bits for oil drilling and overseeing coring operations. In 1967 he was transferred to Laurel, Miss., then to Whittier, Calif. and later to Ventura, Calif.

    In 1971 he joined Christensen’s overseas division and spent two years in Singapore. He returned to Houston, then took a position as sales manager with Christensen in Bakersfield, Calif.

    He retired in 1998, and that same year, he moved to Grants Pass, Ore. In 1998 he moved to Emerald Bay on Lake Palestine.

    Mr. Liles was a member of Emerald Bay Community Church, a member of the Men’s Golf Association at Emerald Bay and a member of the Emerald Bay Singles Group.

    He enjoyed playing golf and counted five career holes-in-one among his accomplishments. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, sailing, listening to classical music and spending time with family members and friends.

    Mr. Liles is survived by his two daughters, Susan Goracke of Grants Pass, Ore. and Elizabeth Russell of Kenmore, Wash., near Seattle; two brothers, Ken Liles and David Liles of Emerald Bay; two sisters, Bessie Cely of Emerald Bay and Pat Ritchey of Tyler, and three grandchildren.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of East Texas or to the charity of one’s choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-21-2006
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    Theodore Stuart Maffitt Jr 1940
    Born 03-11-1923
    Died 01-19-2007
    Age  83
    1940 Ted Maffitt
    "Why is Ted so strong
    for Uncle Sam's navy?"

    Funeral services for Theodore Stuart (Ted) Maffitt, Jr., of Palestine will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Sam Boyd and the Rev. David Price officiating. Burial will follow at Palestine City Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Theodore Stuart Maffitt Jr. died Friday, January 19, 2007, in a Tyler hospital.

    Ted was born March 11, 1923, in Palestine, Texas to Theodore Stuart Maffitt and Anna Josephine Helm Maffitt.

    He attended school in Palestine and graduated in 1940 from Palestine High School. After graduation, he attended college at Texas A&M. In 1942 he enlisted in the US Army and served his country on active duty for 4 years. He fought in France and Germany with the 63rd Infantry Division as an 81mm mortar forward observer with “H” Company of the 254th Infantry regiment in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service medal, Good Conduct medal, American Theatre medal, European Theatre medal with three battle stars for Ardennes/Alsace, Rheinland and Central Europe, World War II Victory medal, Army of Occupation medal with Germany clasp, Presidential Unit Citation with two clusters, Army Reserve medal, and the French Croix de Guerre w/ Palm.

    After serving his country he returned to Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree. In 1948 he joined his father in the firm of Maffitt & Maffitt, Architects here in Palestine.

    He was instrumental in reactivating the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas National Guard and retired from that organization as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1965.

    Ted married Patricia Jean Wheeler of Palestine in 1947 and they were the parents of four daughters, Mrs. Paul (Andrea) Morris of Atlanta, GA, Mrs. Harold (Angela) Woodard of Palestine, Mrs. Lyndon (Stuart Anne) Fox of Brownfield, and Miss Allison Jay Maffitt of Houston. He is the grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Patricia Maffitt preceded him in death in 1980.

    After the death of his father, Ted continued to practice architecture in Palestine for a total of 35 years and will be remembered for such buildings as the Palestine High School, Palestine City Hall, City Police Station, City Central Fire Station, Royall Memorial Band Stand, TXU Office Building, Palestine Civic Center, Department of Public Safety Office Building, Texas National Guard Armory and the Trinity Valley Community College.

    Ted Maffitt served the profession of architecture as president of the Texas Society of Architects and as National American Institute of Architects director from Texas. He was appointed by two Texas Governors as Chairman of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, received Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1978 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Society of Architects in 1988. He also received the outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.

    In 1980, Ted returned to Texas A&M as Professor and associate Dean of the College of Architecture retiring in 1990 as Professor Emeritus.

    In 1985, he married the former Ann Boyd Royall and has lived happily ever after.

    Pallbearers will be grandsons Jon Paul Morris, Jed Morris, Jeremiah Maffitt Morris, Theodore Stuart Woodard, Samuel Woodard, Brian Fox, Bradley Fox, Chadd French, John Morgan, Trace Jeffus, Tucker Royall, Jr. Andrew Royall, Nathan Royall, and Royall Sidford.

    Honorary pallbearers will be George Loving, John Only Greer, Robert Lemond, Tom Bullock, Dave Braden, Mike Chennault, Paul Elliott, Paul Morris, Lyndon Fox, Dr. Stan Skrepnek, Jim Crook, Don Haynes, Tucker Royall, Dave Braden, Robert Alexander and Paul Herrington.

    Visitation will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Memorials may be made to the Texas Architectural Foundation, Patricia J. Maffitt Scholarship Fund at Texas A&M University; the American Cancer Society, or the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-21-2007
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    Frankie Dodd Novak 1940
    Born 03-17-1920
    Died 10-07-2004
    Age  84
    1940 Frankie Novak
    "And how he loved to talk."

    Frankie Dodd Novak, 84, passed away on October 7, 2004, in the Napa Valley area of California. His body was cremated and the ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean where he had loved to fish.

    He was born March 17, 1920, in Jacksonville, Texas to John and Rebecca Annis Johnson Novak.

    Prior to moving to California, Mr. Novak was a long time resident of Palestine. He graduated from Palestine High School in 1940. He joined the Navy and subsequently served as a bomber pilot in both World War II and Korea. His Naval career spanned a total of 17 years in which he attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

    Following his military career he worked as a general contractor in the Novato, California area with his brother, John; later starting his own business, Frank Novak Construction.

    In 1988, Mr. and Mrs. Novak relocated to Palestine then returned to California in 1997.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John and Bob.

    Mr. Novak is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Jean Roy Novak of Rohnert Park, Calif.; daughters, Rebecca Harte and Pamela Warfield, both of Calif.; sons, Sam Novak of Calif. and Frankie D. Novak Jr. of Ariz.; siblings, Richie, Willie, James, and Geneva; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Margie Roy Bernard and Laverne Stains Roy, both of Palestine.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-10-2004
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    Mary Janette Rogers Speegle 1940
    Born 09-07-1922
    Died 09-24-2004
    Age  82
    1940 Mary Rogers
    "She is all Jack's fancy painted her,
    She is lovely, she is divine."

    Services for Mary J. Speegle, 82, of Richardson will be at 3 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Chapel, Palestine with the Rev. Scott Dornbush officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at Palestine City Cemetery.

    Mrs. Speegle passed away peacefully at her home in Richardson. She was born September 7, 1922 in Palestine to Walter Goodvin Rogers and Una Jane Lewis Rogers.

    Mrs. Speegle graduated from Palestine High School and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. She married Lt. Johnny Wilson Patterson, pilot, in 1943 and gave birth to a daughter, Una Jane Patterson Speegle Carpenter.

    Following his death in World War II she worked for Anderson County. She married her husband of 53 years, Cpt. Charles P. Speegle, a World War II veteran pilot, also of Palestine in 1946, and had two daughters, Olivia Miller Snapp and Doris Janette Perry. They raised their family in Tyler and Richardson.

    Mrs. Speegle had a distinguished career in the oil industry, working as a lease analyst and retiring from Ensearch Exploration Corporation in 1987. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Richardson.

    Mrs. Speegle was preceded in death by her husband, Charles P. Speegle; her youngest daughter, Doris Janette Speegle Perry; her parents, Walter Goodvin Rogers Sr. and Una Jane Lewis Rogers; and her brother, Walter Goodvin Rogers Jr.

    She is survived by daughters, Una Jane Carpenter and husband Bobby; Olivia Snapp and husband Dr. Matthew Snapp; grandchildren, Mary Jane Carpenter Foster, John Carpenter, Richy Carpenter, Donovan C. Miller Jr., Dawn Miller Jabour, Kristina Perry and Christopher Perry; and great-grandchildren, Samantha Jabour, Hunter, Abby, Jane and Austin Foster, Corley and Koy Carpenter. She is also survived by a special aunt and best friend or 82 years Fay Lewis Paxton of Elkhart; and sister-in-law Doris Rogers of Tyler.

    Pallbearers will be Dr. Matthew Snapp, Bobby Carpenter, Donovan Miller Jr., John Carpenter, Richy Carpenter, and Christopher Perry.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Augustine Sanchez, Dr. Ed Gilbert, Dr. Marcus Spurlock, Vonda Freeman and Ron Hanna.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-25-2004
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    Frederick Oscar Roquemore 1940
    Born 04-14-1921
    Died 07-06-2004
    Age  83
    1940 Fred Roquemore
    "Fred is a real good sport
    and Patty, the girl he likes to court."

    Frederick O Roquemore died on Tuesday, July 6, 2004.

    He was preceded in death by his wife Pattie Gooch Smith. He is survived by his twin brother Frank C. Roquemore; children David H. Roquemore, Frederick O. Roquemore, Jr. and wife Shelley, Nancy Roquemore McClune and husband George; four grandchildren, Capt. Bryan McClune, USMC, Mark McClune, Erin Roqumore Fowler and husband Stanley, Frederick O. Roquemore, III and wife Jennifer; great-granddaughter Lauren Roquemore.

    Visitation will be held Thursday, July 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 9 at Roselawn Park, Highway 84 East, Palestine , Texas.

    A memorial has been established with St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Seniors Place, 3471 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77027 and the Alzheimer's Association, 2909 W Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Texas 77025.

    Fred was cared for in his home over the past 11 years with love and devotion by his son, David Roquemore and caregivers, Carrie Foreman, Michael Thomas, Joseph Phillips, Bertha Grimes and Bieola Cervantes.

    Source: Houston Chronicle 07-08-2004
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    Died 02-05-2005
    Age  81
    1940 George Shuffer

    Brigadier General George M. Shuffer, Jr., 81, (US Army Ret,) was called home to the Lord February 5, 2005; he was born in Palestine, Texas on September 27, 1923.

    Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in February 1943, he went on to fight for our country in World War II as an intelligence and reconnaissance platoon leader, Korea as an Infantry Company Commander, and Vietnam as a Infantry Battalion Commander, rising in rank to Brigadier General over a thirty-five year career.

    His list of citations and decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, three Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, five Air medals and the Purple Heart. In 1984 he was inducted into the Infantry Hall of fame.

    He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor Degree and later with a Masters degree. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.

    At age 48, while commanding the 193rd Infantry Brigade in the Panama Canal Zone, he earned the parachute badge after completing the 8th Special Forces group Airborne School.

    Following World War II he married Cecilia M. Mann, and from this union came eleven children and sixteen grandchildren.

    After retiring from the Army in 1975 he entered St. Charles Seminary and was ordained a Permanent Deacon for The El Paso Diocese in 1977. He was a true shepherd who served as a Chaplain at William Beaumont Army Medical Center for almost 30 years.

    General Shuffer is survived by his wife, Cecilia, four sons: David of Colleyville, Tex; George III of San Clemente, CA; Joseph of Carlsbad, Cal and Peter of Oceanside, Cal; and seven daughters: Sister Gloria Shuffer, OSF of Denver, CO; Marlene Kuhn of Muskegon, MI; Rita Lloyd of Boca Raton, FL; Monica Thomas of Pearland, Tex; Rosemary McQuillan of Las Vegas; Maria Wallace of San Antonio, TX; Anita Shuffer of Marietta GA; his two brothers Jacob and Alfrez; and his sister Eunice Stamper.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Fannie Mae Shuffer and Willetta Saunders.

    Visitation for Brigadier General George M. Shuffer, Jr. will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary/ Vigil to begin at 7:00 p.m., with Most Rev. Armando Ochoa Officiating, at Sunset Funeral Home-Northeast located at 4631 Hondo Pass.

    Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Michaels Chapel #2 located on Fort Bliss with Father John Paul Officiating.

    A Graveside Service will follow at Fort Bliss National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to the Sisters of Saint Francis; 2851 52nd Street; Denver Co. 80221. Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-Northeast.

    Source: El Paso Times 02-08-2005
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    Dale Harding Smith 1940
    Born 11-30-1922
    Died 04-06-2004
    Age  81
    1940 Dale Smith
    "I am very fond of the company of ladies,
    I like their beauty, their delicacy, thair vivacity and their silence."

    Services for Dale Harding Smith, 81, of Palestine will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First Methodist Church in Palestine with the Rev. Scott Dornbush officiating.

    Dale Harding Smith died at HomePlace Hospice of East Texas Tuesday, April 6, 2004.

    He was born in Houston November 30, 1922 to William Andrew and Ethel Harding Smith. His family moved to Palestine when he was 6 years old and has lived in Palestine all his life.

    He and his wife, Celia Owen Smith founded Palestine Concrete and Tile Company in May, 1945. He was a pioneer in the concrete block manufacturing business. With the purchase of another block plant in Dallas, today the business is one of the major suppliers of all shapes, sizes and colors of blocks throughout Texas and beyond. He also made many other concrete products and with retirement his love of concrete continued with the making of red concrete hearts and giving them to all he met.

    He attended Shriner College and the University of Missouri. He served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II in landing craft. He participated in the island invasions of Makin, Kwajalein, Tinian and in the first wave in the battle of Saipan.

    As a member of the First United Methodist Church in Palestine, he served as chairman of the building committee for the Carroll Building built in 1986 and also for the Fellowship Hall built in 1990.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Wayne Smith of Palestine; his sister, Frances Friedman of Tyler.

    He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Celia Owen Smith; daughters, Linda Smith Allison and her husband Charles Allison of Bay City, Sherry Smith Long and her husband David Long of Emerald Bay; sons, Dale Wayne Smith and his wife Brenda, Danny A. Smith and his wife Dorenda, all of Palestine; grandchildren, Joe Allison of Houston, Chad and Summer Moody and J.P. Moody of Austin and Camille Smith of Palestine; great-granddaughter, Ryann Marie Allison of Houston; sister, Dolly Ann Stallings of Matagorda; and goddaughter, Gail Smith Kelly of Monroe, Ga.

    Much appreciation is extended to former loyal plant manager Archie Rampy, Armando Casas and all Palestine Concrete Tile employees. Special thanks also are extended to Dr. Michael Gorby and the First United Methodist Victor Sunday School Class.

    Pallbearers will be grandsons, Joe Allison, Chad Moody, J.P. Moody, Owen Smith, Evan Smith and Aaron Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Don Carroll, Paul Elliott, Ted Maffitt, Bobby Kenderdine, Bill Haney, Jack Wallace of Palestine and Bill Campbell of Austin.

    Condolence calls will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Herrington Land of Memory Chapel. Interment will be in Roselawn Park following the service.

    In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 422 S. Magnolia St., Palestine, Texas 75801 or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-07-2004
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    Patricia Gooch Smith Roquemore 1940
    Born 12-28-1922
    Died 04-25-1989
    Age  66
    1940 Pattie Smith
    "Lovely to look at,
    Delightful to know."

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    William Benjamin Thompson Sr 1940
    Born 11-03-1922
    Died 11-02-2002
    Age  79
    1940 Ben Thompson
    "A good old scout,
    there's not a doubt."

    William Benjamin "Ben" Thompson, Sr., 79, was born in Houston, Texas, November 3, 1922, to James Monroe Thompson and Sarah Frances Thompson, and went to be with his Lord Jesus on March 2, 2002.

    Ben grew up in Houston and Slocum. He played basketball for Palestine High School. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving in the China-Burma-India Theater. Upon his return to Texas, he was employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad, where his father was an engineer. He then attended Texas A&M, graduating with an accounting degree in 1952. Ben was employed by Humble Oil and Refining Company (Exxon), and retired after 31 years of dedicated service. He was a 50 year member of Park Place Masonic Lodge No. 1172. Ben loved sports, railroading, military history and music. He was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church.

    Ben will be remembered by all for his love of God and family; his kindness to all; his concern for others; his loyalty to friends; his joy in life; and his courage and dignity in dealing with Parkinson’s Disease. Our thanks to the caring staff at Golden Age Manor and Spring Branch Medical Center.

    Ben is survived by Thalia Brewer Thompson, his loving wife of 36 years; children, William B. Thompson, Jr. and wife, Mary Margaret, of Conroe, Texas, Lynne Petty and husband, Steve Petty, of Marion, NC, and Rene’ Ann Harris of El Paso, Texas; grandchildren, Anne-Marie Thompson and William B. Thompson III of Conroe, Texas, and Craig Petty of Marion, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Zona Rich Thompson; brother, James M. Thompson, Jr.; and sisters, Bonnie Brown and Marie Killion.

    A memorial service will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 5 at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 2525 Gessner, Houston, Texas 77080 713-462-5448.

    Remembrances may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136-1494.

    Source: Houston Chronicle 03-05-2002
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    Duke Thurman Jr 1940
    Born 05-11-1923
    Died 12-19-2003
    Age  80
    1940 Duke Thurman
    "Stately and tall he moves in the hall,
    The chief of a thousand for grace."

    Services for Col. (Ret.) Duke Thurman Jr., 80, of Bonham, and formerly of Palestine, will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Land of Memory Cemetery with full military honors accorded by Barksdale Air Force Base. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

    Col. Thurman died Friday in Bonham.

    He was born May 11, 1923, in Palestine to N.D. and Prudence Thurman.

    Col. Thurman graduated from Palestine High School in 1940, attended Texas A&M, joined the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942, and later completed his education with a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.

    He was a veteran of three wars: World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Force Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

    Col. Thurman was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eula Lee Inmon Thurman of Palestine; and sister, Melza Woodard.

    He is survived by his wife, Deborah Kenny Thurman of Rockwall; sons and their wives, Barry and Suzanne Thurman of Coronado, Calif.; Dr. Steven and Donna Thurman of Auckland, New Zealand; Dr. Christopher and Holly Thurman of Austin; and David Thurman of Irvine, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Elton Myers of Athens; two stepsons, Brian Rogers and Thomas Rogers, both of Houston; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three nieces.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-22-2003
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    Dr Bascom W Bentley Jr 1941
    Born 07-31-1923
    Died 01-06-1994
    Age  70
    1940 Bascom Bentley

    Dr. Bascom W. Bentley, Jr., who practiced medicine in Palestine for more than four decades, died Thursday at age 70.

    Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Palestine City Cemetery with Dr. Tom Rousseau and the Rev. Mike Hull officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory.

    Dr. Bentley died at Trinity Valley Medical Center after a brief illness.

    A native of Palestine, he was born July 31, 1923, to Bascom W. and Menta Hockaday Bentley.

    He was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.

    During World War II, Dr. Bentley served as a doctor in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater.

    After the war, he established a private practice in Fairfield. He practiced there for two years before returning to Palestine. Dr. Bentley was chief surgeon at Missouri Pacific Hospital in Palestine until it closed.

    After many years of private practice in Palestine, he served as medical director for the Texas Department of Corrections and also practiced at Rusk State Hospital. Dr. Bentley was still practicing medicine at the time of his death.

    Dr. Bentley is survived by his wife, Kelly Newell Bentley of Palestine; sons, Judge Bascom W. Bentley III and Dr. G. Newell Bentley, both of Palestine; daughter, Mrs. James (Belle) Todd of Palestine; and 10 grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Loyd James, Dr. Don Carroll, Dr. Dean Wintermough, R.E. Thompson, Judge James Todd, William George, Murray Baxter, Pat Ferguson, Bud Wommack, Jim Bob Paxton, Ernest Swift, Dr. Emmitt McCall, Billy Gragg, Cliff Johnson, Tucker Farrris and Ron Johnson.

    The family will receive condolence calls from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-07-1994
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    Dr Arnold E Broughton 1941
    Born 03-12-1924
    Died 08-13-2007
    Age  83
    1941 Arnold Broughton 2007

    Memorial services for Dr. A.E. Broughton, 83, of Lufkin, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2007, in the Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Mike Hunter officiating.

    Dr. Broughton was born March 12, 1924, in Palestine, Texas, the son of the late Sybil (Pierce) and Arnold Elbert Broughton.

    He passed away Monday, August 13, 2007, at his residence.

    Dr. Broughton was a self-employed optometrist for more than 60 years. He graduated from the Southern College of Optometry of Tennessee with an O.D. degree.

    He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, flew B17s and 24s, accomplishing 31 missions over Europe, and was discharged as a Captain.

    Dr. Broughton was a member of First Christian Church.

    Dr. Broughton was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Broughton, on April 28, 2007.

    Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Kathy Broughton of Austin and Scott and Laura Broughton of Lufkin; and grandchildren, Allison Broughton and Brandon Broughton, both of Lufkin.

    The family will receive friends at Dr. Broughton's residence from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

    Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Angelina County, P.O. Box 472, Lufkin, Texas 75902.

    Source: Lufkin Daily News 08-15-2007
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    Dr Donald Washburn Carroll 1941
    Born 07-25-1924
    Died 02-26-2008
    Age  83
    1941 Don Carroll

    Family, friends, and colleagues are mourning the death of Dr. Don Carroll. An old school gentleman, Dr. Carroll, loving and devoted to all with whom he came into contact, dedicated his life to helping others.

    Dr. Carroll is survived by his wife, Martha Ward Carroll; his children, Maurine and Kent DeShazo, and Lacey and Stanley Dorbandt Carroll; grandchildren, Jordan Dorbandt Carroll, Jay Brennan Carroll, Candace and William Carroll DeShazo, and Peggy Marie DeShazo.

    He is also survived by his loving step-children, Mike and Charlya Ward, Debra Pierce and John Ward; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Stephen Miller, Caroline and Ches Williams, Christine and David Nodine, Allison and Daniel McKay, Rachel Pierce, John Ward III, Benjamin Ward, Laurie Shea, Jennifer and Randall Ward, Mireya and Michael Ward and Marybeth Ward; great-grandchildren, Chesley Williams, Charlya Grace Williams, Hudson Miller, Seth Miller, David Shea, Michel Ward and Aerial Ward; nieces K. Lu Cowan, Connie Calloway, Janet Massey, Gay Roper, Ellen Boydstun and Tokin Wangerin; and nephews, John Stanley Carroll, Carroll Graser, Bob Carroll, Collins Carroll, Steve Roper and Danny Roper.

    Dr. Carroll was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Dorbandt Carroll; his parents, Stanley and Florence Carroll; his sister, Louise Graser; brothers, Frank Carroll, Charles Carroll, John Carroll, Joe Carroll and Jim Roper.

    Dr. Carroll was born on July 25, 1924 at Tennessee Colony, Texas to Stanley and Florence Carroll.

    After graduation from Palestine High School in 1941, he entered Texas A and M University where he was a member of the Corp of Cadets.

    In 1942 during World War II, Dr. Carroll enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served the remainder of the war. When his service ended, he returned home, married Peggy Dorbandt, and resumed his studies at Texas A and M where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1948 and a Master of Science Degree in 1949. Upon completion of his degrees at Texas A and M, Dr. Carroll entered medical school at the University of Texas at Galveston where he earned his medical degree in 1953.

    After an internship at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas, he opened a medical practice in Lampasas, Texas in 1955. In 1969, Dr. Carroll moved his family, now including Dorb and Maurine, to Palestine, Texas where he practiced medicine until 1983.

    After losing Peggy in 1993, he spent time with his children and grandchildren. In 1995 he married Martha Smith Ward, and they lived in Athens, Texas where he continued to practice medicine as a physician with the Texas Department of Corrections and the Texas Department of Mental Health. They moved to Dallas, Texas in 2006.

    Dr. Carroll was a member of the Highland Park United Methodist Church and a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason.

    A memorial service will be held in Athens, Texas at the First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 1, 2008.

    Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, First United Methodist Church, 225 Lovers Lane, Athens, TX 75751 or to any charity of choice.

    Dr. Carroll will be missed by so many who knew and loved him.

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    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-29-2008
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    Dorothy Alice Davis Manley 1941
    Born 10-08-1923
    Died 05-02-2006
    Age  82

    Born October 8, 1923, the first of six children born to the late Strode Velton Davis and Lola Wilkinson Davis, Mrs. Manley went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 2, 2006. She will be deeply missed by family and friends until that Great Reunion someday in Glory.

    Dorothy attended elementary and junior high schools in Palestine and Dallas, graduating from Palestine High School in 1941. Attended and graduated from Nixon Business College in 1942.

    Dorothy and Q.D. (David) Manley, Jr. married on April 3, 1942. Mrs. Manley remained exclusively a homemaker until all three of her children were in school. Then began an extensive career that included being employed for several years as a deputy in the County Clerk’s office until her employment began as secretary/dispatcher in the Texas State Parks and Wildlife District Office, then located in Palestine. When the district office was relocated to Athens, Mrs. Manley decided to seek employment in the legal field and began a long career as a legal secretary, retiring in the late 1980s from the law offices of Ernest Swift.

    As a life-long member of Grace Methodist Church, Mrs. Manley served as church historian as well as on various committees. She was an avid quilter and the Grace Quilting Group became like a second family to her as well as her friendship support group through several bouts of cancer.

    Mrs. Manley was predeceased in May of 2001 by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years Q.D.(David) Manley, Jr.; their son Murphy Quinn Manley in April of 1972; a grandson Michael Quinn Manley in March 1995; her sister June Davis Freeman also in May of 2001; and by her baby brother Strode, Jr. in the late 1920s; and by her parents.

    “Dottie” as her siblings lovingly refer to her, is survived by her aunt Grace Davis Kraus, and a first cousin Jo Ann Kraus DuPuy of Palestine, her sister Jean Davis Dickson of Palestine, sister Ann Davis Miller and brother-in-law Dr. James G. Miller of Tyler, brother Andrew J. Davis of Palestine, brothers-in-law George E. Freeman, Jr. of Shreveport, La., and Walker D. Manley of Palestine. She is also survived by her daughter April Manley Ogden and son-in-law John Ogden of Bella Vista, Arkansas, her son Strode David Manley and daughter-in-law Irene Escobar Manley of Garland, three grandchildren Noel Khan and grandson-in-law Hasan Khan of Sugar Land, Holli Manley of Austin, Jason Manley and granddaughter-in-law Kristie Manley of Brenham, as well as three great-grandchildren and many very precious and special nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

    Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Alex Kobar officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park.

    In lieu of flowers the family requests remembrances be made to Village House Adult Daycare of Bella Vista, Ark., the American Cancer Society, American Alzheimers Association, or Heart to Heart Hospice of Tyler, Texas.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-04-2006
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    Shirley Ann Dickson Patrick 1941
    Born 07-27-1924
    Died 07-14-2010
    Age  85
    1941 Shirley Dickson

    Shirley Ann Dickson Patrick of Spring, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior July 14, 2010. Shirley was born July 27, 1924 in Palestine, Texas, to Erle and Daphna White Dickson.

    Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Earl R. Patrick.

    She is survived by her daughter: Kristin Hudson, and husband Charles; son: Randolph Patrick and wife Linda; grandchildren: Kristianne Remington, Victoria Ozols, Maj. Charles Hudson, Michael Patrick, and Lalita Patrick; great-grandchildren: Addison Ozols and Caleb Hudson.

    Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Klein Funeral Home, Champions Forest, the family will receive guests starting at 3 p.m. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Palestine City Cemetery, Palestine, Texas.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 07-17-2010
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    Clarence David Fryar Jr 1941
    Born 05-12-1924
    Died 03-18-1969
    Age  44
    1941 Clarence Fryar

    Clarence D. Fryar, Jr., 44, died Tuesday afternoon, March 18, 1969 following a sudden illness at his home on Route 6, Palestine. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Bailey Memorial Chapel with Rev. Carrol Fancher officiating. Burial will be in Land of Memory Cemetery.

    Mr. Fryar was a maintenance supervisor with Nucor Corporation in Grapeland. He had been an electrician with Missouri Pacific railroad for 23 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Mr. Fryar served in the Army during World War II.

    Mr. Fryar is survived by his wife, Betty Hamlett Fryar; son, David Fryar; daughter, Sheila Fryar; mother, Mrs. C.D. Fryar Sr.; and grandfather, A.N. Glenn, all of Palestine.

    Pallbearers will be Ross Horton, Charles Linn, J.B. Bernard, J.Robert (Bob) Wylie, Nathan Boyd, Johnny Williams, Tucker Farris and Harold Gilbert.

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    Beatrice Jones Herrington 1941
    Born 07-27-1924
    Died 03-13-1984
    Age  59

    Funeral services for Mrs. Harry C. "Bea" Herrington, 59, a prominent civic and social leader of Palestine, will be held at 2 P.M. Thursday at First Christian Church, Dr. James H. Lewis officiating. Burial will be at Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Herrington Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Herrington died Tuesday at Anderson County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

    She was born July 27, 1924, in Oklahoma, a daughter of John Floyd and Clara Anderson Jones. Residing in Palestine most of her life, she was a member of First Christian Church where she had served as a deaconess, Sunday School teacher, and president of Christian Women Fellowship. She served two terms on the school board of the Palestine Independent School District, was a member of the Literary Forum, Library Board and Harvey Woman's Club.

    She is survived by her husband, Harry C. Herrington of Palestine; three sons, Major David E. Herrington, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Paul Herrington of Palestine and Mark Herrington of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. John (Martha) Conner; three brothers, R.F. :Buck" Jones of McAllister, Oklahoma, C.M. "Bud" Jones of Houston and R.D. "Bob" Jones of Alvin and six grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Dale Smith, Ted Maffitt, Marley Styner, Jim Crook, Bob Harrell, Paul Elliott, Dr. Don Carroll and K.J. Williams.

    Honorary pallbearer will be Judge E.T. McCain.

    The family requests that memorials be made to a favorite charity.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-14-1984
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    Mary Elizabeth Lockey Triplett 1941
    Born 01-08-1924
    Died 08-19-2001
    Age  77
    1941 Mary Lockey

    Services for Mary Elizabeth Triplett, 77, Dallas, formerly of Palestine, are scheduled for 3 p.m.. Friday at St. Phillips Episcopal Church with the Rev. Mike Glenn officiating.

    Memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Episcopal Church of Dallas with the Rev. Canon Jandy officiating.

    Burial will be in Land of Memory Cemetery under direction of Bailey and Foster F`uneral Home, Palestine.

    Mrs. Triplett died August 19, 2001 at her residence.

    She was'born January 8; 1924 in Palestine to the late Edwin Morris and Odell Elrod Lackey.

    She was a homemaker, and member of St. Matthew Episcopal Church of Dallas, Democratic Party and involved in volunteer activities.

    Survivors include daughter Marianne Howells, Dallas; sons Richard Triplett, Dallas, and John Triplett, Germany; brothers, Edwin Lockey, Dallas, and Jimmy Lockey, Mesquite; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    Pallbearers are Andrew Triplett, Adam Howells, Tim Howells, Jimmy Luckey, Ed Lockey and Rick Triplett.

    Family will receive friends 2 p.m. Friday at St. Phillips Episcopal Church.

    If desired, memorials may be made to Stew Pot, 408 Park Ave., Dallas, 75201.

    Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph 08-23-2001
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    Clara Eugenia Selden Johnson Keith 1941
    Born 12-04-1922
    Died 11-23-2002
    Age  79

    Buffalo — Services for Clara Eugenia “Jeanne” Selden Johnson Keith, 79, of Houston are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Funeral Home.

    The Rev. Don White of Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo will officiate. Private family burial will be in the Keechi Cemetery near Buffalo.

    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

    Mrs. Keith died Saturday in League City.

    She was born in Palestine and lived in Houston for 60 years. She graduated from Palestine High School and held various jobs, but was primarily a homemaker. She was a member of Channelview United Methodist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ben Johnson and Lester L. Keith.

    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ben B. and Yvonne Johnson of Colleyville; a daughter and son-in-law, Grace E. “Jeanie” and Mackie Herring of Clear Lake; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Joann Selden and John Cooke of Tyler and Colleen Selden of Bryan; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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    Mary Helen Smith Woodard Canady 1941 Salutatorian
    Born 07-02-1923
    Died 11-01-2008
    Age  85

    Mary Helen Smith Woodard Canady was called home to be with her Lord on November 1, 2008. She passed away at Cartmell Home for Aged.

    Helen (also known to friends and family as “Butch” or “Aunt Butch”) was born in Jacksonville, Texas on July 2, 1923, daughter of the late John Douglas and Thelma Thompson Smith.

    She was Salutatorian of the 1941 graduating class of Palestine High School. She went on to attend and later teach at Nixon Business College in Palestine.

    She retired after 35 years of service from the CPA firm of Harrell, Rader, Bonner and Bolton. Helen was a charter member of the Altrusa Club of Anderson County and a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

    Helen is preceded in death by her parents; husband Steve C. Woodard; husband Ennis R. Canady; sisters Linda Kay Myers, Lillian McKay and Faye Whitaker and a brother Joe Douglas Smith.

    She is survived by sisters-in-law Mary Elizabeth Handorf Kennedy of Palestine and Peggy Smith of Terrell; nieces Sherry Handorf Morse, Donna Odom, Glennell Handorf Rials, Carolyn Sheridan, and Debbie Smith Wacha; nephews Dale Boyd Handorf, Lloyd Handorf, Jr., James Smith and Stanley Smith, as well as many great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces, and great great nephews.

    Pallbearers will be Jarod Brown, Dale Handorf, Lloyd Handorf, Jr., Jacob Smith, Jeremy Smith and Stanley Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Garland Bankstone, Jr., David Dial, James Smith and Steve Wacha.

    Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

    Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bailey and Foster Chapel with Dr. Thomas Haygood, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Altrusa Club of Anderson County or to Grace United Methodist Church.
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    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-03-2008
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    Forrest Edmond Bradberry Sr 1942
    Born 10-21-1921
    Died 12-04-2010
    Age  89
    1942 Forrest Bradberry

    Forrest (Brad) E. Bradberry Sr. was born October 21, 1921, in Palestine, Texas to Jordon Dodd and Lela Postell Daniels Bradberry. He crossed over the river on December 4, 2010, age 89. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evenell Curd Bradberry; daughter, Rebecca (Becky) Bradberry Coleman; his mother and father; and brothers, J.W., Emmett, and Howard; and sister, Annie Bradberry Owens.

    He is survived by sons Forrest (Biff) Bradberry Jr. and wife Linda of Palestine and Robert (Bob) Bradberry and wife Cindy of Bullard; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and countless friends.

    He attended the original Alamo School on West Reagan long ago torn down. While attending Palestine High School he was active in sports. During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force. He served in the China, Burma, India Theater of operation and on Tinian in the Mariana Islands assigned to the 793rd Bombing Squadron, 468th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), 58th Bomb Wing (VH), 20th Air Force. The 468th was known as the “Billy Mitchell Group” after the famous Air Force general and was among the first units to deploy overseas with the B-29 Superfortress. The 468th remained in India to January 1945 when they transferred to Tinian and they would remain there until wars’ end participating in the air war against the main islands of Japan taking part in mining operations, incendiary raids and high-altitude missions against strategic objectives in Japan.

    He was discharged October 12, 1945. He was overseas 1 year, 7 months and 7 days and participated in the following campaigns: Air Offensive Japan, China Campaign, Eastern Mandates Campaign, Central Burma Campaign, India – Burma Campaign and Air Combat Palembang Sumatra.

    He came back as a Sergeant earning the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Battle Star (which notes a total of 6 battle stars), Distinguished Unit Badge (3 oak leave clusters noting 3 awards), the Presidential Unit Citation and Good Conduct Medal, as well as the World War II Victory Medal.

    He was active in the community and served as a Master Sgt in the Army National Guard during the early ‘50s. He was active in scouting. He opened Brad’s Grocery after the war, worked on the railroad and in the oil fields. He worked at L&L Shoe Store and owned the old Elk Theatre in Elkhart for a while. He later became the Conoco Distributor and local dealer for the Houston Post and then the Houston Chronicle. He owned Cooper Transfer and Storage Moving Company and later worked for TDCJ retiring in 1985.

    Forrest was a member of the First Christian Church, a life member of the VFW, a member of the Palestine Wood Carvers and a charter member of the John H. Reagan Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. He loved spending time with his family and friends, working in the yard, fishing, arrow head hunting and always had time to talk and visit with the many friends that would drop by to see him. His humor, kind nature, helping hands and good works will always be remembered by his family, friends and anyone that had a chance to meet and know him.

    Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel with interment with military honors to follow at the City Cemetery in Palestine. Pallbearers will be Jason Bradberry, Shane Gray, Dustin Gray, Keith Gray, Chris Mueller, Brandon Byerly, Mike Paul and Steve Torma. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the 468th Bomb Group.

    Visitation with family, relatives and friends at the Bradberry home, 407 East Kolstad, Palestine will follow the service and interment. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Save the Battle Ship Texas Campaign or a worthy charity or cause of the donor’s choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-07-2010
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    Helen Lois Broughton Wilkinson 1942
    Born 10-26-1924
    Died 05-17-1995
    Age  70
    1942 Helen Broughton

    A memorial service was held in Houston for Helen Lois Broughton Wilkinson who died May 17, 1995 in a Houston hospital. Her body was cremated and the ashes scattered along the shores of Nassau Bay where she had loved to wind surf.

    Helen was born in Palestine on October, 26, 1924, to Oscar O. and Maybell Wilkey Broughton.

    She was a graduate of Palestine High School's Class of 1942.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Guy M. Broughton. After Guy's death, Helen and her husband, Dale, adopted his son, Steve, whose mother was deceased, as well.

    Mrs. Wilkinson is survived by her husband, Dale Wilkinson; son, Steve Wilkinson; daughter, Linda Stark; brothers, Oscar Broughton Jr. and Ted Broughton; sister, Rubye Trigg; and five grandchildren.

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    Harold M Copeland 1942
    Born 02-19-1923
    Died 03-23-2005
    Age  82

    Services for Harold M. Copeland, 82, of Palestine were at 10 a.m. today at New Addition Annex Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Dornbush and Jim R. Pendland officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.

    Mr. Copeland died Wednesday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

    He was born February 19, 1923 in Anderson County to Albert Allen and Lockey Belle Marr Copeland.

    Mr. Copeland graduated from Palestine High School in 1942. He retired from the USAF in 1967 after serving 22 years, and flew 51 missions during World War II. He then attended Trinity Valley Community College and was employed with Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He retired in 1983 after 16 years of service.

    He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Victor Sunday School Class, Masonic Lodge No. 31 AF & AM, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3907.

    Mr. Copeland was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Edward Copeland and James Copeland.

    He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Evelyn Copeland of Palestine; daughters, Susan Copeland Cantin of Chelmsford, Mass., Rebecca Copeland Cliver of Palestine, Diane Copeland of Lake Cherokee and Lisa Copeland of Palestine; sister, Eleanor Browder of Huntsville; brothers, H.E. "Gene" Copeland of McPherson, Kan., Bill Copeland and John D. Copeland, both of Palestine, and George C. Copeland of Winona; four grandchildren, Sarah Copeland, Joshua Young, Leslie Cantin and Elizabeth Cantin; three great-grandchildren, Kelsey Copeland, Jeremy Simms and Lockey Belle Young.

    Pallbearers will be Joshua Aaron Young, Kyle Cliver, Bill Haney, Thomas D. Jones Jr., James Mathison and Lawrence Faulkner. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Victor Sunday School Class, and Dr. Robert McFarlane.

    Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Stock Pot, or a charity of choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-25-2005
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    Dorothy Crider 1942
    1942 Dorothy Crider
    "The remedies for love she knew by name
    For she was worldly wise in that old game."

    Bobby Cross 1942
    1942 Bobby Cross
    "Ah, why should life all labor be."

    Daphne Dale 1942
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    William V Dressell 1942
    Born 10-14-1924
    Died 12-15-1999
    Age  75

    Funeral services for W.V. "Bill" Dressell, 75, of Frankston were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 18, in Bailey & Foster Chapel in Palestine with Rev. Kevin King officiating.

    Burial was in Roselawn Park, with arrangements under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

    Mr. Dressell died Wednesday, December 15, in a Tyler Hospital.

    He was born on October 14, 1924, in Palestine to the late Tony Dressell and Lucy Jenkins Dressell.

    He was preceded in death by his first wife, Grace Odom Dressell; a sister, Mozelle Francis; and a brother, Charlie Dressell.

    Mr. Dressell was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. He was retired from Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor. Mr. Dressell was a member of United Methodist Church in Frankston.

    Survivors include his wife, Jane Dressell of Frankston; one son, Jerrell Marsh of Elkhart; four sisters, Mary Haugen of Puyallup, Wash., Gladys Snivley of San Jose, CA., Joella Hackett and Barbara Melton, both of Palestine; three brothers, Paul Dressell, Donald Dressell and Tony Dressell, all of Palestine; two step-daughters, Becky Campbell of Frankston and Henrietta Hicks of Palestine; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

    Pallbearers were David Marsh, Todd Marsh, Donald Shaver, Randy Shaver, Gary Wynne, Jerry Francis, Mark Brourassa and J.D. Pierce.

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    Katherine Elliott Davis 1942
    Born 01-14-1925
    Died 09-14-2010
    Age  85
    1942 Katherine Elliott
    "A sweet girl graduate with golden hair."

    Funeral services for Katherine Elliott Davis, 85, of Palestine will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Chapel, with the Rev. Bruce Hay officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.

    Katherine Elliott Davis passed from this world at 11 a.m. on September 14, 2010 at Palestine Regional Medical Center following a prolonged illness.

    She was born January 14, 1925 to Paul Eustice and Wilmuth Breede Elliott. She was raised in Palestine and graduated from Palestine High School in May 1942. She also graduated from Nixon Business College and became a comptometer operator for The Missouri Pacific Railroad.

    She married the love of her life L.L. (Johnny) Davis, Dec. 28, 1945 while he was on leave from the U.S. Marine Corp. After Johnny completed college they moved to Port Arthur, Texas where Katherine worked as a bookkeeper for Port Arthur Transit Company. After moving back to Palestine in 1961, she became a bookkeeper for Webb Bratz Tire Company. Later Katherine worked as an educational aide for PISD until her retirement in 1986 and became a full time housewife.

    Katherine leaves behind to cherish her memory, Husband Johnny Davis; two children, Suzanne Hanks and husband Jim, Len Davis and wife Mona; three grandchildren, John Schoel, Katy Johnson and Lauren Davis. Katherine had four great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by brothers, Paul E. Elliott and A.B. Elliott. She is survived by her brother Jack Elliott.

    Pallbearers are Ronnie Elliott, Lee Johnson, John Schoel, Leo Mizell, Jerry Mayo, Bob Stephenson, Harold Gilbert and Dr. Barry James. Honorary pallbearer will be Tony Dressell.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-15-2010
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    Claire Fields Nicholson 1942
    Born 12-15-1924
    Died 06-11-2003
    Age  78

    Services for Claire "Wendy" Nicholson, 78, of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Philip's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Mike Glenn officiating. Burial will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Nicholson died Wednesday at Greenbrier Nursing and Rehab Center in Palestine.

    She was born December 15, 1924, in Kingsville to Wendelle and Anita Covey Fields.

    Mrs. Nicholson graduated from Palestine High School in 1942 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She was a member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church and was a retired secretary.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Wendell Nicholson.

    Mrs. Nicholson is survived by son, A.M. "Nick" Nicholson of Houston; daughter, Anita Nicholson of Houston; brother, Wendell Fields Jr. of Dallas; niece, Connie Moore of Palestine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Memorials may be made to St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 106 E. Crawford St., Palestine, Texas, 75801.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-13-2003
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    Loneta June Gatewood Jones 1942
    Born 06-01-1924
    Died 04-29-2007
    Age  82

    Services for Loneta June Jones, 82, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Crockett Road Church of Christ with Dan Manuel officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood City Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

    Mrs. Jones died Sunday at her residence.

    She was born June 1, 1924 in Blackfoot Community to Robert (Lonnie) and Hattie Gray Gatewood. Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and a member of the Crockett Road Church of Christ.

    Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy Jones; a son, Mac Jones; a sister, Dorthella Lewis; and a brother, Jack Gatewood.

    She is survived by her daughter, Renee Whitley and husband Mike of Palestine; a son, Jerry Jones of Montalba; a sister, Norma Watson of Bryan; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Adam Wolf, Bart Jones, Michael Henderson, Richard Jones, Stacy Chriswell and Mark Wolf.

    Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-01-2007
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    Georgia H Guynn 1942
    Born 05-14-1924
    Died 02-02-2000
    Age  75

    Services for Georgia Guynn, 75, of Tyler, will be held at a later date.

    Mrs. Guynn died Wednesday at a Tyler hospital.

    She was born May 14, 1924.

    Mrs. Guynn was a graduate of Palestine High School.

    She is survived by her daughters, Susie Gibson of Wichita Falls and Carla Holcomb of Palestine; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-04-2000
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    Virginia Katherine Hamlett Salmon 1942
    Born 07-03-1925
    Died 09-20-2004
    Age  79

    Virginia Katherine Salmon, age 79, entered into eternal rest on September 20, 2004. She was born July 3, 1925, to Allan and Clara F. Hamlett in Palestine, Texas. With the exception of her Marine Corp Service in 1945-46 and a brief residency in Delaware in 1947, she was a lifelong resident of Palestine. Virginia graduated from Palestine High School in 1942. After her return to Palestine in 1947, she attended Nixon's Business College of Palestine.

    Virginia called herself a "tomboy." She loved sports and participated in baseball and volleyball during her school years. She also played in Palestine's professional softball league in the 1950s. But her biggest love was "those Cowboys." Many cold December days found Virginia and her friends seated in the Cotton Bowl rooting for the "boys."

    Because of her strong commitment to her community, Virginia served many years as the volunteer treasurer of the United Way of Palestine. In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Palestine Women's Bowling Association. She served as secretary for the group. Bowling allowed her to pursue her favorite pastime of traveling as she traveled the state to participate in bowling tournaments.

    During her years of public service, former Sheriff Roy Herrington appointed her a Special Deputy Sheriff. She was thrilled. Virginia worked for 18 years in the Anderson County Tax Collector's office during the terms of Carrie Pryor and Agnes Rogers. She left the courthouse to work as the bookkeeper for The Jay Shop for nine years. She returned to the courthouse as the elected County Treasurer in the '80s. She retired from that position in April 1993.

    Virginia was a 50-plus year member of First United Methodist Church and a member of the Victor Sunday School Class. After her retirement, she enjoyed travel and reading. Virginia spent her last days residing at Cartmell Home where she loved playing bingo.

    Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Eldean Salmon. She is survived by one son, Barry L. Salmon of Mesquite; his wife, Ellen and granddaughter, Kristine; one daughter, Suzanne Meaux of Palestine; her husband, David and grandson, Jeff Nicholson; granddaughter, Jennifer Crenshaw; great-grandson, C.J. McRae; and two great-granddaughters, Cara and Katelyn Ferris; sisters, Aline Douglass of Fort Worth and Betty Meyer of Carrollton; aunt and uncle, Thelma and Clifford Bassett of Palestine; uncle, Jim Frank Taylor of Elkhart; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her family, her passing will be greatly felt by great friends, Shirley Mallard, Lucille Herrington and Billie Jasinski.

    Graveside services under the direction of Herington/Land of Memory Funeral Home will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 in the Chapel of the Air in Herrington/Land of Memory Cemetery on U.S. 287 toward Corsicana. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004 at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home, 3434 S. Loop 256, Palestine, Texas. The services will be conducted by Bill Haney, longtime friend and Sunday School member, and the Rev. Scott Dornbush, pastor of First United Methodist Church. Members of the Victor Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas, 75701; or to First United Methodist Church Sanctuary Remodeling Fund, 422 S. Magnolia St., Palestine, Texas, 75801.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-21-2004
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    Perry Hoyler 1942
    Born 11-13-1924
    Died 02-27-1990
    Age  65

    Services for Perry Hoyler, 65, of Palestine will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bailey & Foster Funeral Home with the Revs Stephen Woody, Bob Webb and Paul Pumpelly officiating. Private services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Roselawn Park.

    Mr. Hoyler died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital.

    He was born November 13, 1924 in Henderson, a son of Lois Kuykendall Hoyler and Ernest Hoyler. He was a Methodist. He was director of sales and marketing for National Carriers Inc. for years.

    He is survived by his wife, Lois Pumpelly Hoyler of Palestine; mother, Lois Kuykendall Hoyler of Palestine; sisters, Peggy Huntley of Houston and Patricia Teems of Athens; and a brother, Billy Hoyler of Lafayette, Louisiana.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-28-1990
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    Irby Bennett Hughes Jr 1942
    Born 04-07-1924
    Died 10-26-2010
    Age  86
    1942 Irby Hughes

    Irby Bennett Hughes Jr., died October 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.

    He was born in Palestine, Texas on April 7, 1924 to Irby Bennett Hughes and Helen Hufsmith Hughes.

    Mr. Hughes graduated from Palestine High School in May, 1942. After attending Texas A&M for one year, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from July 1943 to June 1947 as a pilot in the Troup Carrier Group and later in the Air Transport Command flying C-47s and C-54s. After leaving the service he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 1947. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

    After graduation in 1951 he went to work for The Texas Company in Houston, Texas. After retiring from Texaco in 1982 he pursued his vocation as an auditor in the oil and gas contract business. He was a member of the Petroleum Accountants Society of Houston (PASH), Texaco Retirees Club of Houston, Texaco Houston Comptrollers Upstream Retirees, Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF, and the Eagles (a group of WWII veterans).

    He was preceded by his sister, Christine Hughes Summers.

    Mr. Hughes is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia Murdaugh Hughes; his son, Irby Bennett Hughes III and wife Angela; his daughter, Helen Hughes Roessler and husband Drew; his grandsons, Dean and Noah Hughes and Andrew Roessler; his nephew, Alfred Hugh Summers; and sister-in-law, Inez Murdaugh Smith.

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Grace Presbyterian Church Chapel located at 10221 Ella Lee Lane, Houston, Texas 77042. A reception will follow at the church.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to: Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030; Ric Summers Appendiceal Cancer Research Fund, MD Anderson Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210; or to any charity of your choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-28-2010
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    Patsy Krohn Broughton 1942
    Born 05-30-1925
    Died 04-28-2007
    Age  81

    Memorial services for Mrs. Pat Broughton, 81, of Lufkin, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in the Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Mike Hunter officiating.

    She passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007, in a local hospital.

    Mrs. Broughton was born May 30, 1925, in Palestine, Texas, the daughter of the late Mary Lee (Hinzie) and Clarence Krohn.

    Mrs. Broughton was a homemaker, and a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and was a member of First Christian Church.

    Survivors include her husband, Dr. Arnold Broughton of Lufkin; sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Kathy Broughton of Austin and Scott and Laura Broughton of Lufkin; grandchildren, Allison Broughton and Brandon Broughton, both of Lufkin; and sister, Mrs. Betty Sherlock of Sacramento, California.

    Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Angelina County, P. O. Box 472, Lufkin, Texas 75902.

    The family will receive friends at Dr. Broughton's residence.

    Source: Lufkin Daily News 04-30-2007
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    Norman Wesley Mollard Jr 1942
    Born 08-03-1923
    Died 10-29-2007
    Age  84
    1942 Norman Mollard

    Norman W. Mollard died at Cartmell Home October 29 from complications of a heart attack and stroke. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church at 113 E. Crawford, Palestine. Interment will be at Palestine New Addition Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home with Dr. Jerry D. Elrod officiating.

    He was born August 3, 1923, to Norman Mollard and Irene Gilmore Mollard in Palestine. His boyhood home was located on North Fowler Street.

    His 27-year career as an Officer in the United States Navy took him far beyond Palestine. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1969. He returned to Palestine in 1975, where he continued his second career in building contracting, real estate and property development. Prior to that he had lived in Houston, Corpus Christi NAS and many other Naval Air Stations.

    In 1976, he began a lifelong historical project renovating and rehabilitating the Redlands Building, complete with shops and apartments, including a penthouse. His offices also were there. He was involved in numerous community efforts and was part of the original group who preserved the John H. Reagan School which became the Museum for East Texas Culture.

    He served as president of the Board of the Museum for several terms. Along with Jean, his wife, he participated in the rebirth of Old Town, Palestine, converting many of the original Palestine structures for current day use. He was active in the Noon Lions Club, having served in many offices; he was a Mason; a member of Downtown Palestine Association; a member of Classic Cars of Palestine; a member of Mardi Gras Crew and former king; a member of the Silver Haired Legislature and numerous other organizations. He was inducted into the Commemorative Air Force Hall of Fame in Midland, Texas.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Mollard; sister, Marie Brown and husband Ed; Robert Laughlin, brother in law. His children include Colleen Courtney, Rennee Carbajal and Norman Mollard III, all of Houston; Judy Dickens of California; Norma French of West Columbia, Texas; and Charlotte Wammel, also of California. He is also survived by his many grandchildren.

    Pallbearers are William Carbajal, Lee Chaffin, Patrick Courtney, Jerry Hansen, Robert Laughlin, Roy Stark and Bill Tatum. Honorary pallbearers are Ed Brown, Alvin Coleman, Jim Hammond, Charles Leonard, Bob Miller and Leo Mizell.

    Following the burial at New Addition Cemetery, a reception will be held at the Harvey Women's Club.

    Memorials may be made to the Museum for East Texas Culture, 400 Micheaux, Palestine, TX 75801 or Palestine Public Library Special Collections, 1101 N. Cedar St., Palestine, Tx 75801.

    Condolence calls will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
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    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-31-2007
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    Frank C Moore 1942
    Born 12-07-1924
    Died 02-02-2005
    Age  80

    Services for Frank C. Moore, 80, of Palestine were at 3 p.m. today in the Bailey & Foster Chapel with Dr. Stephen Holcombe officiating. Burial followed in Roselawn Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Moore died Wednesday in a local hospital.

    He was born December 7, 1924 in Palestine to Frank C. Moore Sr. and Bessie California Brewer Moore.

    Mr. Moore was a member of the North Jackson Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific, North and South Atlantic theaters. He was a 1942 graduate of Palestine High School.

    Mr. Moore had been a teller and loan officer of the First National Bank for over 40 years.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Mr. Moore is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Alice Christian Moore of Palestine; two sons, Carrol Moore and wife Dorothy of Springfield, Mo. and David Moore and wife Linda of Round Rock; grandchildren, Michael and Kelly Moore of Palestine, Jennifer and Eddie Davenport of Chandler, Rebecca and Larry Mason of Gricignano, Italy, Susan and Kevin Menzie of Rogersville, Mo., April and Brian Strickler of Cincinnati, Ohio, Robert Moore of Round Rock, William and Alison Herrington of Austin and Mary and Jamie Purcell of Hamilton; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Moore of Palestine, Samuel and Shelby Moore of Chandler, Nicholas, Brandon and Ethan Mason of Italy, Connor Menzie of Rogersville, Mo., and Ryley, Emmy and Ellie Purcell of Hamilton.

    Honorary pallbearers were Joe Monk, Edith Deerman, Betty Overton and all employees of the First National Bank.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-04-2005
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    Richard Vernon Pounds 1942
    Born 07-17-1925
    Died 01-08-2008
    Age  82
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    Services for Richard Vernon Pounds, 82, of Palestine, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Bailey and Foster Chapel with Earl King officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood City Cemetery under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Pounds died Tuesday at Palestine’s David Foster Hospice Unit.

    He was born July 17, 1925 in Leon County to James Eddie Pounds and Nora Mullenax Pounds Rogers.

    Mr. Pounds was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church and most recently attended North Jackson Baptist Church. He served in the U. S. Army from 1943 to 1946 in the Medical Detachment of the 398th Infantry 100th division. He received the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, and WWII Victory Medal. Mr. Pounds had a lifetime membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

    He was employed at Sunshine Laundry from 1946 to 1967 and Palestine Laundry from 1967 to 2004. He was laundry salesman and plant manager.

    Mr. Pounds was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Bond Clark; and a granddaugther, Tiffany Michelle Johnson.

    He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Joanne Pounds of Palestine; four daughters: Joanne Carol Perry and husband David of Palestine, April Louise Johnston and husband Mike of Lake Palestine, Tina Dawn Teetz and husband Thomas of Elkhart, and Stacy Lynn Posey of Bullard; two sons: Benjamin “Ben” Ray Pounds and wife Barbara of Palestine, and Richard (Rick) Marcus Pounds of Palestine and sister Irene Young and husband Allen of Victoria; three brothers: J.E. Pounds and wife Joyce of Wichita Falls, Billy James Pounds and wife Dee of Leona and Charles Pounds and wife Stella of Austin; 11 grandchildren, 18 great, grandchildren and four great, great, grandchildren.

    Grandsons will serve as pallbearers: Eric Pounds, Jonathan Teetz, Nick Posey, Cliff Perry, Scott Pounds and Mark Freeman. Honorary pallbearers with be great grandsons.

    Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home. Family requests memorials be made to Hospice of East Texas and Meals on Wheels.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-11-2008
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    Ulon Willis Rankin 1942
    Born 12-17-1923
    Died 04-22-1990
    Age  66
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    Memorial services for Ulon Rankin, 66 of Austin, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Resurrection Episcopal Church in Austin.

    Mr. Rankin died Sunday in Austin after a lengthy illness.

    He was born December 17, 1923, in McAllister, Oklahoma, and grew up in Palestine. He was an outstanding football and track star at Palestine High School. During World War II, he served in the Air Force.

    After military service he received a master's degree from West Texas State University and later got his doctor's degree from Texas A & M University. He served as a teacher and administrator at Amarillo and Austin high schools. He was a member of Resurrection Episcopal Church in Austin, was a Mason and Shriner and a member in numerous professional organizations.

    He was preceded in death by his brother, Wilson Rankin,

    He is survived by his wife, Freda Rankin of Austin; a son, Lon Rankin of Austin; brother, Billy Rankin and Garland Wilmoth, both of Palestine; as sister, Mary Landrum of Tyler; and two grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-25-1990
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    Voncile Eloise Ritchey Rister 1942
    Born 12-27-1925
    Died 06-18-2002
    Age  76
    Voncile Ritchey

    Services for Voncile Eloise Rister, 76, of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Chapel of the Air at Land of Memory Cemetery with the Rev.Theo Johnson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Rister died Tuesday at Cartmell Home for the Aged.

    She was born December 27, 1925, in Palestine to Arlie and Annis Johnson Ritchey.

    Mrs. Rister had lived in Palestine all her life. She was a member of First Christian Church where she taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years. She was a 1942 graduate of Palestine High School and a graduate of Nixon Business College.

    She worked many years at the General Office, was a teachers' aide with Palestine Independent School District, and a housewife.

    Mrs. Rister worked with the U.S.O. during World War II. She coached girl's softball at the YMCA and was very active in PTA. She was a former secretary of the Palestine High School PTA.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Rister, in 1979.

    Mrs. Rister is survived by son, Coy Richard Rister of San Antonio; daughter, Lana Jo Rister of Palestine; and one sister.

    Pallbearers will be nephews in the Johnson and Rister family.

    Honorary pallbearers will be her Gardner Drive neighbors.

    Memorials may be made to First Christian Church; Montalba Christian Church; Hospice of East Texas-Tyler; or to the Canine Society.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-19-2002
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    Mary Agnes Smith Coers 1942
    Born 00-00-192*
    Died 11-09-2007
    Age  82

    Mary A. Coers, 82, passed away Friday, November 9, 2007, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

    She moved to Houston with her husband and daughters in 1955 and enjoyed a career in banking for 30 years. She loved the rodeo and participated on committees for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as well as the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo.

    She is survived by daughters, Leanne McNutt and Mardi Krenek and husband William; grandchildren, Jeff, Jill and Makenzie; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Logan; and many other relatives and friends.

    Honorary pallbearers include Dean Sitton, Larry Graham, Jay Hunt, David Pittman and Charles Engbrock.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mary Coers to Vitas Hospice or the charity of your choice.

    Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007 at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Rd., Houston. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 at the Land of Memory Cemetery in Palestine under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
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    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-11-2007
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    Elizabeth Frances Walker Carnathan 1942
    Born 03-12-1926
    Died 01-14-2006
    Age  79

    Funeral services for Elizabeth Frances (Betty) Carnathan, 79, of Tyler will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel with Pastor Don Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at the Palestine City Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory.

    Mrs. Carnathan died at her home in Tyler on Saturday. She was born March 12, 1926, in Palestine to Charley and Ava Moore Walker. She was past member and officer of the Eastern Star and the youngest Mother Adviser of the Rainbow Girls.

    Mrs. Carnathan was a devoted Christian and member of the First Christian Church of Palestine, a secretary for 12 years at the Bethel Independent Presbyterian Church in Houston, a former member of Green Acres Baptist Church and Grace Bible Church in Tyler.

    Mrs. Carnathan had been a volunteer for 16 years at Methodist Hospital, Houston and for 13 years at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. She was membership chairman of the East Texas Heartbeats of Tyler. She also had been a former employee of Missouri Pacific Railroad and had been active in the Amberwood Homeowners Association.

    She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, J.C. (Jake) Carnathan; a daughter, Cyndee; her parents; brothers, Charles and Jack Walker; and sister, Maureen Walker Bower.

    Mrs. Carnathan is survived by sisters, Jeane Walker Williams of Palestine and Cheryl (Sug) Walker Douglas of Comfort; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

    Pallbearers will be Shannon Bower, Stoney Bower, Charley Mancuso, M.Z. Sammons, Robert Bower Jr., Joe Ronald Bower, Bill Aman, David French and Wayne Fletcher.

    The family will receive condolences from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Grace Bible Church, 2004 Broussard, Tyler, Texas 75701, to the Hospice of East Texas, or to the American Heart Association.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-16-2006
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    Mary Gene Wilson Johnson 1942
    Born 04-03-1925
    Died 06-05-2007
    Age  82

    Mary Gene Johnson was born on April 3, 1925, and passed away on June 5, 2007 after a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease. Gene was born and raised in Palestine and died peacefully at her home, located on the homestead where she was raised, surrounded by her loving family and dedicated caregivers.

    On Jan. 21, 1945, Gene married Roy Johnson of Neches in Aberdeen, Md. Subsequently, the Johnsons moved to Texas City where they lived for 40 years before retiring to Palestine. While living in Texas City, Gene was an active member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where she worked as the church secretary while raising her three children. After seeing her children through elementary school, Gene worked for Amoco Gas Company for 16 years.

    After retiring to Palestine in 1986, Gene enjoyed travel, her grandchildren and being an active member of First Christian Church, where she was an Elder Emeritus. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s she maintained her life with dignity and never lost her sense of hospitality or the twinkle in her eye.

    Gene was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Roy Johnson; along with her parents, three brothers and three sisters.

    Survivors include three children, Patricia Clark and her husband Mike of Colleyville, Michael Johnson and his wife Mary Anne of League City and Kathy Casey and her husband Billy of Sugar Land; grandchildren, Jennifer Clark, Kevin Clark, Chad Casey and his wife Whitney, Lance Casey and Shelby Johnson.

    The family would like to express its gratitude to all Gene’s caregivers over the past 11 years, especially her current caregivers, Mary, Ruth and Frankie.

    She will be greatly missed by her friends, caregivers, and family, but they are rejoicing for this gentle soul has been freed from her earthly frailties and she has found peace.

    Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home in Palestine. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church of Palestine with burial to follow at Land of Memory Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene’s grandchildren and godson, Benjamin Nicholson.

    For those desiring, Gene’s family would be honored if a donation was made in her memory to the National Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org) or an organization of your choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-07-2007
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    H R 'Bill' Avera Jr 1943
    Born 05-23-1924
    Died 03-05-1973
    Age  48
    Bill Avera

    H.R. "Bill" Avera Jr., of Jacksonville, son of Mrs. Mary Inez Avera of Palestine, died Monday (March 5, 1973) at his residence following a lengthy illness.

    Funeral services were to be held today at 4 p.m. in First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville. Burial was to be in Resthaven Cemetery under direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

    Mr. Avera was born in Mart, Texas on May 23, 1924. He was a graduate of Palestine High School where he lettered in football. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Marianna Islands, and was awarded a Purple Heart with one gold star.

    He was past president of the Riders Club; secretary of Cherokee County Livestock Association; charter member of Cherokee County Wildlife Association, and a member of the American Legion.

    Other survivors are his widow, Margie Avera; son, Bill Avera; brothers, Carl L. Avera, and Charles Ray Avera; sisters, Frances Evans, and Barbara Watts; and 10 nieces and nephews.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-06-1973
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    Virginia Carroll Crawford 1943 • Distinguished High School Alumni of 1989
    Born 10-06-1926
    Died 08-08-1999
    Age  72

    A Texan turned Buckhead resident, Virginia Crawford, widow of Crawford & Co. founder James H. Crawford, was an active patroness of the arts and the Atlanta community. In 1997, she was honored as a member of the Forward Arts Foundation at the Atlanta History Center. The renamed Shepherd Center's research institute is now known as the Virginia C. Crawford Research Institute. She retired from the executive committee of Atlanta-based Crawford & Co., the world's largest independent provider of risk and claims management services.

    A marital trust in her name owns 9.49 million shares of Crawford & Co.'s class B common stock, worth about $180 million.

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    Lloyd Roland Graves 1943
    Born 10-20-1926
    Died 05-09-2007
    Age  80
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    Lloyd Roland Graves was born October 20, 1926 in Dallas to Clarence and Lamora Graves. He graduated from Palestine High School in 1943 and from the University of Houston in 1952 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After high school he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and taught electrical classes.

    He served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. In 1948 he helped open Summers Electric in Houston. In 1973 he opened Lloyd Graves Electric Supply. He was passionate about his business and about his Masonic work.

    During the 1960s he served as the director of the Wrecking Crew for Arabia Temple. Then he went on to serve as the president on the National Shrine Directors Association. During his life he served on numerous boards including SDA, Spring National Bank, The Lodge at Walden, and several Methodist churches. Lloyd was a member of the Woodlands United Methodist Church.

    He is survived by his special angel, Joan Torrance; his sister, Louise Graves; son, Bob Graves and wife Susan; grandson, Lee Graves and wife Angela; granddaughter, Jennifer Brady; and two great-granddaughters.

    Pallbearers will be John Brown, Clyde Edmonds, Joel Killingsworth, Dale Kinney, Herb Lee and Emory Peddicord. Honorary pallbearers are the employees of Lloyd Graves Electric Supply.

    Services will be held at Earthman's Resthaven, 13102 North Freeway at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

    In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Arabia Shrine Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 20625, Houston, Texas 77225 or The Woodlands United Methodist Church, Ministry of the Loft, 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, Texas 77380.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-10-2007
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    Edwin Morris Lockey Jr 1943
    Born 01-24-1926
    Died 11-20-2009
    Age  83
    Edwin Lockey

    Edwin Morris Lockey Jr. was born in Palestine on January 24, 1926 to Edwin and Odell Lockey. He passed away on November 20, 2009. After graduating from Palestine High School in 1943 Ed joined the Navy on his 18th birthday in January 1944 and served on the USS Makin Island during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas in 1950. He retired from Arco after 33 years of employment. He was a member and past commodore of the Corinthian Sailing Club for 35 years.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 49 1/2 years, Marion; two sons, Eddie and wife Jenny, Grant and wife Aundrea; two grandchildren, Hayden and Evee; and brother, Jimmy.

    The viewing will be at Restland Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Trinity Bible Church at 400 W. Campbell Rd. in Richardson. The burial will be at DFW National Cemetery on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-23-2009
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    Clara McDonald Lane 1943
    Born 12-05-1925
    Died 08-08-2010
    Age  84
    1943 Clara McDonald

    Services for Clara McDonald Lane, 84, of Palestine will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Bailey & Foster Chapel with Rev. Jay Abernathy officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. Mrs. Lane passed away peacefully Sunday at the David Foster Hospice Center in Palestine. She was born on December 5, 1925 in Buffalo, Texas to Fannie Mae Glenn McDonald and Dr. John W. McDonald.

    Mrs. Lane graduated from Palestine High School in 1943. She was Senior Class President of her graduating class. She went on to graduate from Nixon’s Business College. She met Ernest Lane and they were married in 1946 for 63 years. They were co-owners and operators of the City Shoe Shop in Palestine for over 60 years. Mrs. Lane was preceded in death by her husband who died in 2009.

    She is survived by a daughter Marylyn Lane DeFilippo and husband John of Houston; son Robert Lane and wife Sandra of Palestine; grandchildren: Melanie Lane Dulworth and husband Paul, Scott Lane and wife Emily, Anthony DeFilippo and wife Laura, Christina DeFilippo Mack and husband Peter, and David DeFilippo; and three great-grandchildren : Max Andrew Dulworth, Lucas DeFilippo and Ashley DeFilippo.

    Pallbearers will be Scott Lane, David DeFilippo, Paul Dulworth, Arthur Glenn, Jack Herod and Paul Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony DeFilippo,Dr. Peter Mack, Capt. David DeFilippo, Dr. Leroy Mathis, Tommy Glenn, Duane Raines, Proctor Moore and Judge Bascom Bentley.

    Condolence calls will be received Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    The family would like to extend a special thank you to JoAnn Brookings, Patsy Morrison, Sylvia Hawkins, Fay Mosley, Vernice Dickson and those who lovingly cared for her.

    Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or Palestine High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 08-10-2010
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    Doris Evelyn Nelms Wilson 1943
    Born 08-17-1926
    Died 02-25-1954
    Age  27

    Mrs. D. R. Wilson, 27, of Mt. Calm, died Thursday at 7:45 p.m. in a Waco hospital following a short illness. The former Miss Doris Nelms, Mrs. Wilson was born in Tennessee Colony August 17, 1926, the daughter of H. M. Nelms and Susie Belle Via Nelms. She was a 1943 graduate of Palestine High School.

    Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Colony Church with Rev. Walter R. Ward officiating. Burial will be in Tennessee Colony Cemetery.

    Pallbearers will be G. W. Hudson, Fagan Hudson, Clifford Gore, Harold Hudson, Joe Carroll and James Bryan.

    Survivors are her husband, D. R. Wilson; two sons, Dee Ray and Rickey Wilson, all of Mt. Calm; parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Nelms, of Tennessee Colony; one brother, T. W. Nelms, Palestine; one sister, Mrs. L. W. Neal of Tennessee Colony, and grandmother, Mrs. J. D. Via of Montalba.

    The body will be at Hassell and Foster until funeral time.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-26-1954
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    Jesse David Ramsey 1943
    Born 05-15-1926
    Died 05-02-2005
    Age  78
    Jesse Ransey

    Services for Jesse David Ramsey, 78, of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church with the Rev. Dan Bubach officiating. Burial will follow at Palestine City Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Mr. Ramsey died Monday at his home.

    He was born May 15, 1926, in Palestine to Jesse and Maud Beard Ramsey. He graduated from Palestine High School in 1943, where he played in the band and lettered in baseball, and from Baylor University in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany and received the Purple Heart.

    He worked for Mobil Oil Company for several years in Louisiana before returning to Palestine. He went into the insurance business as Farmers Insurance Agent until retiring in 2000. He was choir director at Grace United Methodist Church for 35 years and was presently a member of First Christian Church, having been active in the choir.

    Along with Cush Reeves, Mr. Ramsey was honored as the "Voice of the Wildcats" for his many years of announcing games. He was also active in the Community Theater for many years. He belonged to Independent Order of Oddfellows. He was a supporter of the YMCA and the Youth Ball Program for many years. He was a member of the VFW, DAV, and the Ballroom Boys Band that played at the Senior Center and other occasions.

    He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Opal Ramsey Allen. He is survived by wife, Evaun Ramsey of Palestine; two sons, David Ramsey of Palestine and Donnie Ramsey of Manchaca; stepdaughter, Stacy Jamison of Atlanta, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Taylor and Joshua Ramsey; sister, Sarah McLane of Palestine; and several nieces and nephews.

    Pallbearers will be David Ramsey, Glenn Conner, Tom Kormondy, Jack Rogers, Tony Rohne, Sidney Walston and Michael Rimes. Honorary pallbearers will be Disciples Class of First Christian Church.

    Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Choir Fund at the First Christian Church, 113 E. Crawford, Palestine, Texas 75801.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-04-2005
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    Wanda Joy Steel Campbell 1943
    Born 02-16-1926
    Died 03-11-2007
    Age  81

    Services for Wanda Joy Campbell, 81, Palestine, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine, with the Rev. Jay Abernathy officiating.

    Burial will be in Guiceland Cemetery.

    Mrs. Campbell died March 11, 2007, in Palestine.

    She was born in Tennessee Colony to Algie and Vera Pettiette Steel. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a former Palestine schoolteacher with 36 years of service. She had been active in the Palestine City Library's literacy program.

    Survivors include her husband, Olan Campbell, Palestine; son, Steel Campbell, El Paso; brother, Hunter Steel, Palestine; two grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

    Pallbearers will be Steel Campbell Jr., Austin Campbell, Mathew Cook, Grant Lassiter, Johnny Cook, Ashley Steel and Robbie Steel.

    Honorary pallbearers will be the James Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church.

    Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

    Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph 03-13-2007
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    Juanita Warren Forshee 1943
    Born 02-25-1925
    Died 04-30-2005
    Age  80

    Services for Juanita Warren Forshee, 80, of Palestine will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fort Houston Cemetery with Kenneth Young officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Forshee died Saturday in a local hospital.

    She was born Feb. 22, 1925 in Anderson County to Genie Toombs Warren and Curlee Johnston Warren.

    Mrs. Forshee was a Baptist and had worked as a retail clerk.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Grady "Buck" Warren, L.B. "Buddy" Warren and W.G. Warren.

    Mrs. Forshee is survived by two sons, Gary Bell of Elkhart and Randall Ward of Fort Worth; three brothers, Charles Warren, Connie Warren and James Warren, all of Palestine; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

    Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-02-2005
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    John Albert White Jr 1943
    Born 01-24-1926
    Died 10-28-2007
    Age  81

    John A. White, Jr., 81, returned to the arms of our sweet Lord and Savior, October 28, 2007.

    John was born January 24, 1926 to John (Sr.) and Lois White of Palestine, Texas.

    After serving in World War II and the Korean War, John pursued employment in the Permian Basin of West Texas, where he met and married his wife of 54 years, Juanita Nixon of Andrews, Texas.

    In the proceeding years, John and family lived in Odessa and Midland, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico where he followed a career in the energy service sector.

    Next to his family, John’s passion was seen in his devotion and contributions to the development of young men for over 40 years through Boy Scouts. For his dedication and service in the Buffalo Trails Council, John was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award. John also participated as a Little League coach, President of the Southside Lions Club of Midland, and President of the Midland Lee Booster Club.

    By 1983 John retired from the Permian Corporation and moved back to his childhood home near Slocum in East Texas where he lived until his death.

    John was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hobbs and Midland before retiring to East Texas. For the past few years both John and Juanita were devoted home parishioners of the late Adrain Rogers Television Ministry.

    John is survived by his sweet wife Juanita and his two sons Dohn and John White. One sister Jean Howard and brother William White, grandchildren Ryan and Angela White, Tamara and Chris Lewis, and Stephen White, six great grandchildren and their little dog, Sam III.

    John is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Joe Ann Luker.

    Honorary pallbearers are Tracy Nixon, Harvey Wetzel, Danny Martin, Bryant Martin, Mike Everett, Billy Everett, and Johnny Everett, Floyd Tate, Lance Slack, the Lawrences and Bruce Peeler.

    Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home, Palestine. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson Cemetery with nephew Gary Luker officiating under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

    Dad will always be remembered as a loving father and husband and a devoted mentor in the cause of the development of honorable young men. One of these days we will play catch again with Dad.
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    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-30-2007


    Graveside services for John A. White Jr., 81, Slocum, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson Cemetery with Gary Luker officiating under direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

    Mr. White died October 28, 2007.

    He was born January 24, 1926, in Palestine to John Sr. and Lois White.

    He served in World War II and the Korean War, and worked in the energy service sector in Odessa and Midland, and Hobbs, N.M., retiring in 1983 from Permian Corp.

    He worked with young men for more than 40 years through Boy Scouts, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for his dedication and service in the Buffalo Trails Council. He also participated as a Little League coach, president of the Southside Lions Club of Midland and Midland Lee Booster Club.

    He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hobbs and Midland before retiring to East Texas. For the past few years he was devoted home parishioner of the late Adrian Rogers Television Ministry.

    He was preceded in death by sister, JoeAnn Luker.

    Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Juanita White; sons, Dohn and John White; sister, Jean Howard; brother, William White; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren

    Honorary pallbearers are Tracy Nixon, Harvey Wetzel, Danny Martin, Bryant Martin, Mike Everett, Billy Everett, Johnny Everett, Floyd Tate, Lance Slack, the Lawrences and Bruce Peeler.

    Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

    Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph 10-30-2007
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    Ernest Oliver Camp 1944
    Born 08-21-1927
    Died 02-22-1987
    Age  59

    Services for Ernest O. Camp, 59, of Mesquite, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Otis Felton officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.

    Mr. Camp died Sunday at his home.

    He was born August 21, 1927, in Palestine, a son of Alton B. and Lucille Elliott Camp. He was a 1944 graduate of Palestine High School, and during World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

    Survivors include his wife, Annie Sid Camp of Mesquite; a son, Ernest Dwain Camp of Houston; a daughter, Dianne Caldwell of Athens; and five grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-24-1987
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    Thomas Milton Colley Jr 1944
    Born 08-10-1926
    Died 11-13-2002
    Age  76

    Services for Thomas M. Colley, 76, of Kerrville, and formerly of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Philip's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Mike Glenn officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine City Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

    Mr. Colley died Wednesday at Sid Peterson Hospital in Kerrville.

    He was born on August 10, 1926 in Port Arthur to Thomas Milton Colley Sr. and Dorothy Davey Colley.

    Mr. Colley was a stock broker. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He attended Palestine High School and the Shriner Institute in Kerrville. Mr. Colley received a geology degree from the University of Texas.

    He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Colley III.

    Mr. Colley is survived by his wife, Janice Colley of Kerrville; daughters, Ann Colley Fowler of Hutto, Susan Colley Joplin of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Michael Bennett, Dr. John McCall, David Sprowl, Ernest Swift, Paul Elliott and Marley Styner. Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Phillips, Robert Smith, Don Hoot, Harry Roberts, John R. Freeland and George Etz.

    Condolence calls will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-14-2002


    After a heroic fight with numerous illnesses, Palestine native, Thomas Milton Colley, Jr., entered eternal life with great dignity on November 13 in Kerrville, Texas.

    Businessman, entrepreneur, but most of all stock broker and manager of area offices of A.G. Edwards in East Texas, he continued to give good market advice up until his final hours on the earth.

    Tom was born in Port Arthur, Texas, son of Dorothy Davey Colley Cason and Tomas M. Colley.

    He grew up in Palestine, Texas and served in the Army Air Force in the Pacific Theatre. Following his service duties, he graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Geology and always maintained an interest in oil and gas matters.

    Tom was a great family man and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law and friend to many, for with his thoughtfulness, many acts of kindness, loving and strong spirit, this Southern gentleman was a truly gentle man.

    He is survived by his wife, Janice: daughter, Susan Colley Joplin and son-in-law Larry E. Joplin of Oklahoma City; daughter, Ann Colley Fowler and son-in-law Jerry B. Fowler; grandchildren, Jacob Fowler and Kimberly Fowler, all of Hutto, Texas; sister, Dorothy Nell Colley of Genoa, Nevada.

    He is predeceased by his son, Thomas M. Colley III and brother, Martin Davey Colley.

    A Holy Eucharist service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday November 16, at St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, Palestine, Texas, the Rev. Mike Glen officiating. Interment will follow at Palestine East Hill Cemetery.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-15-2002
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    Louise Headrick Herrington 1944
    Born 11-26-1925
    Died 05-21-2005
    Age  79

    Services for Louise Herrington, 79, of Palestine will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Dornbush and the Rev. Lloyd Giles officiating. Burial will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Herrington died Saturday morning at the Cartmell Home for Aged.

    She was born Nov. 26, 1925, in Birmingham, Ala. to Bill and Minnie Smith Headrick.

    Mrs. Herrington lived in Palestine most of her life and had worked as a young lady at Duke & Ayers Department Store, the Coca-Cola Company and the county courthouse. Mrs. Herrington also managed a dental office and was a realtor for 30 years. Her life was her boys and family.

    She was an active member of the Dogwood Squares, Rose City Rounders, the Rummy Royal Group, the Red Hatter's Club, the Harvey Women's Club and the Newcomers Club. Mrs. Herrington was a member of First United Methodist Church.

    She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jack Herrington of Palestine; four sons, Dr. Lee Herrington, Dr. Jay and wife Jean Herrington, Jeff and wife Joyie Herrington, and Drs. Jim and wife Carol Herrington, all of Palestine; half brother, Billy Headrick of LaPorte; and four grandchildren, Steve, Savannah, Brent and Edward Herrington.

    Pallbearers will be sons and grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Phillips, Joe Crutcher, Jack O'Connor III, Ridge Larson, Dr. Don Carroll, Dr. Bob McFarlane, Dr. Charles Nichols, Clifford Bassett, Walter Duff, Sandy Starkey, Kenneth Keene and the Rummy Royal Group.

    The family will receive condolences from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-23-2005
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    Asa Dow Henderson 1944
    Born 03-20-1927
    Died 10-26-2006
    Age  79

    Services for A.D. (Asa Dow) Henderson, 79, Palestine, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home chapel, Palestine, with Dan Manuel officiating. Burial will be in Land of Memory Cemetery.

    Mr. Henderson died October 26, 2006, in Palestine.

    He was born March 20, 1927, in Palestine to the late L.D. (Lucius Down) and Mae Ardelle Starr Henderson.

    He was a 1944 graduate of Palestine High School and served in the Merchant Marines as an officer during World War II. He was 1949 valedictorian of Henderson County Junior College and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baylor Law School in 1953. He served as editor of the Baylor Law Review, 1952-53, and was listed in Who's Who of American Law Students.

    Mr. Henderson practiced law in Palestine, 1955-2002. He was city attorney of Palestine in the 1960s and past president of the Palestine Jaycees.

    He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Henderson, in March 1987.

    Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Henderson, Palestine; daughter, Dianne Henderson, Houston; stepsons, Bubba Bankston, Palestine, and Tracy Lovett, Juneau, Alaska; brother, Robert W. Henderson, Dallas; sister, Betty Brotherton, Palestine; four grandsons and one great-grandson.

    Pallbearers will be Richard Henderson, James Dow Henderson, Garland James Bankston Jr., Michael Wallgamott, and Toby Pierce.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Glenn Frantzen, Les Dietz, Terry Lindsey and Charly Perry.

    Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

    Memorials may be made to the Cartmell Home for the Aged, 2212 W. Reagan, Palestine, 75801.

    Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph 10-28-2006
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    Margaret Nell Henson Lincoln 1944
    Born 04-04-1926
    Died 09-08-2003
    Age  77

    Services for Margaret Nell Henson Lincoln, 77, of Palestine will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Dan Bubach officiating. Burial will be in Land of Memory Cemetery.

    Mrs. Lincoln died Monday in a Tyler hospital after a brief illness.

    She was born April 4, 1926 in Palestine to William G. Henson and Janie Hulda Garland Henson.

    Mrs. Lincoln was born and reared in Palestine and lived here most of her life until her retirement to Lake Jacksonville. She had been employed in the claims department of Union Pacific Railroad. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, James Russell Lincoln, who died in 1991; and brother, William G. Henson.

    Mrs. Lincoln is survived by daughter, Becky Cooksey and husband Bill of Palestine; son, James "Rusty" Lincoln Jr. of Palestine; sisters, Rachel Henson Depew of San Antonio, Olive Henson Hendrick of Keller and Loma Henson Koenig of Rosenberg; brother, John Riley Henson of Palestine; granddaughter, Neili Cooksey of College Station; and a grandson, Cody Cooksey of College Station.

    Pallbearers will be grandson, Cody Cooksey; and nephews, Kevin Depew, Roger Depew, Carlos Hendrick, Norman Henson and Gordon Koenig.

    Condolence calls will be received at the funeral home 30 minutes prior to funeral services on Sunday.

    Memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 994, Jacksonville, Texas 75766.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-12-2003
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    Charles Clinton Holmes 1944
    Born 09-18-1927
    Died 03-31-1994
    Age  66
    1944 Charles Holmes

    Services for Charles C. Holmes, 66 of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Philip's Episcopal Church with the Rev. David Price officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Park under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Holmes died Thursday at a Palestine hospital.

    He was born on September 18, 1927 to James Elmo and Lena Belle Hudson Holmes. At the time of his death, he was employed by the Transportation Department of the Palestine school district.

    He previously was owner/operator of Green Thumb Nursery, Boggy's Cafe and Ralph's Drive In. He was a member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

    Mr. Holmes served in the Marines in the Pacific Theater and China during World War II.

    He is survived by his wife, Birdie Sue Holmes of Palestine; daughter, Holley Holmes Cooper of Deer Park; son, Hudson McCall Holmes of Houston; sisters, Jo Nelson and Mary Davis, both of Palestine; and two granddaughters.

    Pallbearers will be Forrest Warrington, Harvey Rogers, Philip Gray, Johnny Youngblood, Elton Dean, Thurman Gibson, Robert Harrell, Roy Douglas, Marley Styner, J.T. Davis and Jim Dickey.

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    Ralph H Irvine Jr 1944
    Born 08-19-1926
    Died 09-28-1988
    Age  62
    1944 Ralph Irvine

    Services for Palestine native Ralph H. Irvine Jr., 62, of Huntsville, will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville with the Rev. Robert Thompson officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Huntsville under the direction of Huntsville Funeral Home.

    Mr. Irvine died Monday, September 28, 1988, in Huntsville.

    He was born in Palestine on August 19, 1926, a son of Ralph and Inez Aber Irvine Sr.

    He was employed by the Huntsville Independent School District for many years. He was in special services for one year, taught math for three years and was assistant principal for 12 years.

    He entered the Air Force in February 1945, serving for 22 years, reaching the rank of major. His main assignment included Strategic Air Command staff officer, missile crew commander and electronic warfare officer. He retired from the Air Force in 1969, and received numerous medals.

    He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Irvine of Huntsville; daughters, Carol Baxter of Conroe, Susan Bright of Houston, and Julie Ann Irvine of Huntsville; and two granddaughters.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-30-1988
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    Norma Jeanne Rausin Savage 1944
    Born 11-05-1926
    Died 04-14-2006
    Age  79
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    Norma Jeanne Rausin Savage died at Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico, with her daughter Carol by her side, early in the morning of Good Friday, April 14, 2006.

    There will be a graveside ceremony at her burial in Palestine's City Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. The Rev. Jay Abernathy will conduct the service.

    Norma was born and raised in Palestine, and her parents, grandparents and many other relatives are buried in this beautiful, peaceful East Texas setting. Her husband Allan will join her there when his time comes.

    Bailey & Foster is handling the arrangements.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-18-2006


    Norma Jeanne Rausin Savage, age 79, died in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on April 14, 2006, after a long and valiant fight against cancer and lung disease that extended over a 30-year period.

    Norma was born in Palestine, Texas, on November 5, 1926, to Ruby Land and Owen Lacey Rausin. She grew up in Palestine during the depression years and lived there until she graduated from high school in May, 1944. Her father Owen was a railroad engineer. Her mother Ruby devoted her life to raising Norma and her brother, Owen Lacey Rausin, Jr., and also to providing for other members of their families who suffered financially during the hard years of the depression.

    Norma accepted Christ as her Savior at age 12 and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Palestine as long as she lived there. She had many cherished memories of growing up in a small town with church and school friends. Music always meant a lot to her. She played the piano and was a clarinet player in the high school band. After graduating from Palestine High School in 1944, she worked in the Anderson County Clerk's office that summer. In the fall of 1944, she went off to college at Texas State College for Women (T.S.C.W.) in Denton, Texas (now Texas Women's University). Each summer while in college, she returned to Palestine and worked in the County Clerk's office or as secretary to one of the County Judges. Upon graduation from T.S.C.W. in May, 1948, Norma went to work for Humble Oil & Refining Company in Houston as a legal stenographer in the Law Department.

    In August of 1948, Norma met Allan Savage on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend. At that time, Allan was a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, but he managed to spend many weekends over the next year in Houston. They were married in Palestine on August 13, 1949. Norma continued to work at Humble Oil until the birth of their first child, Lamar Allan, in 1953. Wayne Lacey was born in 1958, and Carol Jen came along in 1961. These were happy years during which Norma was active, along with Allan, in several Baptist churches, as the family moved to different sections of Houston. She was also involved in Allan's professional accountant activities, along with raising three children. In 1962, the family moved to Austin, Texas, where Allan completed a PhD degree at UT Austin in 1966. After graduation, the family lived in Arlington, Texas, for four years where Allan taught at The University of Texas at Arlington, and then in 1970 moved to Las Cruces and New Mexico State University.

    In her years in Las Cruces, Norma was not only a devoted wife and mother, as always, but was also an active volunteer in several organizations. She started the Reach to Recovery Program in Las Cruces for the American Cancer Society and was the Coordinator for the program for several years. In 1984, she received the Terese Lasser Award from the New Mexico Division of the American Cancer Society for outstanding service to the Reach to Recovery Program and again in 1991 was recognized for her service to the American Cancer Society. In 1988, Norma and four other Las Cruces women were recognized by Valley View Hospital for their service to Las Cruces and the community in general. She also served in the Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary for 15 years. A favorite activity was her service as Board Member and Mother Advisor for Rainbow Girls Hope Assembly #43 for a number of years, where she was able to influence the lives of many young girls. She also took great joy in being a member of the New Mexico State University Faculty Women's Club from 1970 until her death and was President of that organization for the academic year 1984-85. For over 15 years, she was an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter I, a philanthropic organization, which she dearly loved. Although health problems limited her activities in her last few years, she never tired of writing cards and letters to keep in touch with friends in these organizations.

    Norma lived her life with a strong faith and a great love for people. During her years in Las Cruces, she was an active member of the University Methodist Church (earlier years) and, for the last 20 years or so, the First Presbyterian Church. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren and wanted to be a part of their lives as much as possible. Favorite recreations were playing bridge, square dancing and ballroom dancing, traveling around the country in a motor home, and doing genealogy research. She and Allan enjoyed all of these activities together for many years. Norma had numerous friends and lived a truly abundant life in spite of serious health issues.

    Norma is survived by Allan, her husband of 56 years, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and two sons and a daughter. Son Lamar Allan and his wife Patricia of Gold Beach, Oregon; son Wayne Lacey and wife Teresa of Carrollton, Texas, and their four children Lacey Dawn Edwards and husband Ryan Edwards of Lexington, Kentucky, Tyler Ross of Chicago, Illinois, Mariah Nell and Jeremiah Luke, both of Carrollton; and daughter Carol Jen Watkins and her husband Lowell and their two children, Emily Jeanne and Robert Allan, of Las Cruces. She was preceded in death by her brother, Owen Lacey Rausin, Jr.

    Norma Jeanne was buried at the City Cemetery of Palestine, Texas, on Thursday, April 20. A Memorial Service in celebration of her life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88005, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 8, with the Rev. Norm Story leading the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund; the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 386, Las Cruces, NM 88004; the American Cancer Society, ATTN: Web, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454; or a favorite charity. Allan and the family wish to thank Dr. Bishnu Rauth and Dr. Sidney Webb for their excellent care of Norma for so many years. It surely extended her life. They also thank Memorial Home Health Care nurses Bertha and Sally for their care of Norma over many months. Thanks to Martha and Olivia who, for the last three months, were such a great help to Allan in taking care of Norma at home and in the hospital. And to the many friends who prayed for Norma, visited with her, and brought food to the home, Allan and the family give sincere thanks.

    Arrangements were with Bailey-Foster Funeral Home, Palestine, Texas, and Graham's Mortuary, Las Cruces.

    Source: Las Cruces Sun-News 05-01-2006
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