1960
  • Larry Bell
  • Larry Blassingame
  • Jack Bradsher
  • Allen Calcote
  • Ted Campbell
  • Bob Caveness
  • Charles Colman
  • Larry Curry
  • Thurman Farris
  • David Foster
  • Jack Griffith
  • Mary Virginia Hamilton
  • Alvin Harris
  • Don Huff
  • David Hutcherson
  • Charles Jones
  • Ronnie Jones
  • Bill Knowles
  • Garland Larson
  • Toni McCracken
  • Julia Peterson
  • Tom Raines
  • Jackie Steadman
  • Jamie Steadman
  • Henry Vyskocil

  • 1961
  • Bonner Brazziel
  • Clarence Brooks
  • Ronnie Calhoun
  • Bertha Davis
  • Kay Ferrell
  • Gale Gatewood
  • Johnny Mack Ingram
  • Brad Jeffus
  • Linna Knox
  • Wanda Mallard
  • Dave Marler
  • Joanna McDonald
  • Clayton McKenzie
  • Nelwyn Morris
  • T C Morton
  • Jane Routh
  • Dianne Stewart
  • Joe Ed Underwood
  • Gerry Watts
  • Betty West

  • 1962
  • Sandra Bacon
  • James Becker
  • Earl Bennett
  • Kay Bice
  • Elaine Blount
  • Billy Brown
  • Gay Burden
  • Rush Clark
  • Laura Dorman
  • Leroy Elrod
  • Jackie Graves
  • Johnny Hall
  • Mike Hanks
  • Will Johnson
  • Wanda Jones
  • Carol Kirkwood
  • David Knowles
  • Jerrell Marsh
  • Joe Nation
  • Larry Neel
  • Susan Neel
  • Nick Nicholson
  • George Page
  • Ben Perry
  • J D Petty
  • Jackie Rapier
  • Merlene Sanders
  • Stanley Sewall
  • Robert Thomason
  • Rovane Wilson

  • 1963
  • Carol Ann Brazziel
  • George Bridges
  • Patsy Camp
  • Joe Castaneda
  • Rip Clark
  • Sara Derrington
  • Rusty Droby
  • Larry Harris
  • Trice Hassell
  • Ronnie Hemby
  • Ricky Henderson
  • Carolyn Henry
  • Jimmy Huddleston
  • Sue Jeffcoat
  • Donnie Johnson
  • Amon Lightfoot
  • Gary Lively
  • Vicky Miller
  • Connie Moore
  • Robert Naismith
  • Louis Powell
  • Ellis Ray Reeder
  • Mike Selden
  • Ray Smith
  • Jimmy Stovall

  • 1964
  • Barry Beard
  • Doug Blaser
  • Marty Davey
  • Drew Frantzen
  • Randy Gillespie
  • Brent Gragg
  • Joe Manning
  • Toni Oxford
  • Linda Rice
  • Darrell Williamson
  • Woody Woodard
  • Pam Yeast


  • Class of 1960
    USA
    US Army
    Larry Franklin Bell 1960
    Born 07-17-1942
    Died 12-11-1994
    Age  52
    1960 Larry Bell

    Private services for Larry Bell, 52, of Lake Charles, La., and formerly of Neches, were held this afternoon at Neches City Cemetery. Burial was under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Bell died Sunday at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

    He was born in Neches on July 17, 1942, to John F. and Pearl Tool Bell. He was a Medic in the Army, and a member of the Assembly of God Church.

    He is survived by his daughter, Linda Sue Bell of Lake Charles, La., son, Larry Bell of Lake Charles, La.; sisters, Elizabeth Agnew of Channelview and Dorothy Jane Fox of Oakwood; and a brother, George Bell of Carthage.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-14-1994
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    Larry Willis Blassingame 1960
    Born 08-31-1942
    Died 05-13-2006
    Age  63
    Larry Blassingame

    Keller — Larry Willis Blassingame, 63, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, went to be with his Lord Saturday, May 13, 2006. Services will be at12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

    Larry was born to Coy and Ila Blassingame on August 31, 1942 in Jacksonville, Texas. He grew up in Palestine, Texas and graduated from Palastine High School.

    Larry attended North Texas State University where he was a member of the marching band. He graduated in 1964 with a major in Music Education. " Mr. B" was a band director for more than 35 years and touched many lives.

    Larry was a wonderful family man and a devout Christian. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Keller, Texas at the time of his death. His favorite verse is Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose."

    The family gives a special thank you to Dr. Schorn, Dr. Desoyza and staff of the Grapevine Dialysis Center.

    He is survived by his loving wife of more than 43 years, Linda Pagitt Blassingame; son, Richard Erwin Blassingame; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Greg Harwell; sister and brother-in-law, Nelda and Richard Vaughan; mother-in-law, Lorine Pagitt Jenkins; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary Pagitt Timmons and Walton Pagitt; grandchildren, Mallory Harwell, Mason Harwell, Mitchell Blassingame, and Tyler Blassingame; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

    Visitation will be 5 to 7 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

    The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2315 N. Main St. Suite 320, Fort Worth, Texas 76106.

    Source: Dallas Morning News 05-16-2006
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    Jack Moore Bradsher Jr 1960
    Born 10-30-1942
    Died 07-24-1996
    Age  53
    1960 Jack Bradshear

    Services for Jack Bradsher Jr., 53, of Huntsville and formerly of Palestine, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at New Addition Cemetery with Dr. William Newcomb officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Bradsher died Wednesday at his residence in Huntsville after a lengthy illness.

    He was born in Palestine on October 30, 1942.

    Mr. Bradsher was a 1960 graduate of Palestine High School. He worked as a dispatcher for Blankenship Tire Company in Houston. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Palestine.

    He is survived by his parents, Jack and Mary Cotton Bradsher Sr. of Huntsville; and son, Jason Bradsher of Houston.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 07-26-1996
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    Allen Calcote 1960
    Born 11-30-1941
    Died 05-10-2006
    Age  64

    Services for Allen Calcote, 64, of Tennessee Colony, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Andy Calcote officiating. Burial will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine

    Mr. Calcote died Wednesday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

    He was born November 30, 1941 in Palestine to J.W. and Marie Oden Calcote.

    Mr. Calcote was retired from TXU Energy. He was a Baptist.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Beverly Hughes

    Mr. Calcote is survived by his wife of 43 years, Pat Calcote of Tennessee Colony; daughters, Roxana Calcote and Nikki Newman and husband Brad; a son, Will Calcote and wife Monica, all of Palestine; sister, Jerry Ann Douglass and husband Dickie of Montalba; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Miller of Magnolia; brother-in-law, Charlie Hughes of Houston; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-12-2006
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    USA US Marines
    Ted Cushman Campbell 1960
    Born 03-07-1941
    Died 08-02-1999
    Age  58
    1960 Ted Campbell

    Services for Ted C. Campbell, 58, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Benny Burlison officiating.

    Mr. Campbell died Monday at the Veterans Administration hospital in Shreveport.

    He was born March 7, 1941, in Palestine, to Wilce M. Campbell Jr. and Vera Margaret Stone Campbell.

    Mr. Campbell was a 1960 graduate of Palestine High School and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was employed at Palestine Printing Company as a printer.

    He is survived by his wife, Sarah Jeffcoat Campbell of Palestine; sons, Bobby G. Hamby of Haughton, La., and Petty Officer Byron G. Hamby of Kingsbay Naval Base, Ga.; sisters, June Tobin of Mobile, Ala., Mary Sherman and Julia Newton, both of Palestine, and Margie Thompson of Oakwood; brothers, Retired Master Chief Donald R. Campbell and Steve Campbell of Palestine.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Sherman, Thomas Tobin, Frank Schwab, David Lambright Jr., David Lee Warren and Bobby G. Hamby III.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 08-03-1999
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    Robert Edward Caveness 1960
    Born 10-13-1941
    Died 05-02-1987
    Age  45
    1960 Bob Caveness

    Services for Palestine native Robert E. Caveness, 45, of Denver, Colorado, were Wednesday in Shreveport.

    He died May 2 in Denver after a brief illness.

    He was born in Palestine on October 13, 1941, a son of Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Caveness. He graduated from Palestine High School and the University of Texas. He was employed by Chrysler Corp. of Denver.

    Survivors include his wife, Jacqui N. Caveness of Denver; his parents of Shreveport; a sister, Jane C. Woodard of Shreveport; two dughters, Manda Caveness and Melissa Caveness, both of Atlanta, Ga.; and a son, John E. Caveness of Atlanta, Ga.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-09-1987
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    Charles William Colman Sr 1960
    Born 09-02-1942
    Died 02-28-2006
    Age  63
    Charles Colman

    Trinidad — Requiem mass for the happy repose of the soul of Charles W. “Charlie” Colman Sr., 63, of Trinidad, will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mary Queen of Heavens Catholic Church in Malakoff with Father Anthony McLaughlin as celebrant.

    Burial will follow in Trinidad Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.

    Charlie passed away Tuesday, February 28 in Corsicana.

    He was born September 2, 1942, in Palestine, Texas, to the late Walter James and Gladys Irene Yoder Colman.

    Charlie worked for many years at various power plants facilities including the Trinidad Power Plant and Big Brown Power Plant. He also spent many years with Nipak.

    Charlie was a very generous and giving person. He was an all-around great humanitarian. He was a member of the Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years and president of the Old Mine Park for many years. He was a big pet lover, an avid gardener, and had a passion for coaching Little League baseball. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather. He loved to be called “Grandpa.” He will be greatly missed by all who loved him and knew him.

    Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W. Colman Jr. and wife Lisa of Trinidad, Tech Sergeant Michael David Colman of Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Daniel Christopher Colman and wife Tonya of Grand Prairie; daughter and son-in-law, Tracie A. Finn and husband Robert of Tyler; grandchildren, Danielle, Gabrielle, Charles III, Matthew, Evan, Andrew; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Dudley McKamie of Whitehouse, Jeanne Rozelle of Chapel Hill, Kay and Fred Bates of Bullard, Anne and Steve Sagar of Corinth; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

    Pallbearers will be A.C. Mormon, Troy Allen, Billy Stephens, Billy Mason, Dr. John Sawtelle and Richard Colvn.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Airheart, Mike Airheart, Eric Airheart, Shong Airheart, Earnest Jenkins, Andy Griffin, Phillip Street, Billy Ray Hornbuckle, Skip Wagers and all of his co-workers and his fellow firefighters.

    A prayer service is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with visitation to follow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-03-2006
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    Larry William Curry 1960
    Born 05-14-1942
    Died 10-19-1998
    Age  56
    1960 Larry Curry

    Services for Larry W. Curry, 56, of Elkhart, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Revs. Willie Reagan and Dennis Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park.

    Mr. Curry died Monday at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler.

    He was born May 14, 1942, in Palestine, to R.W. "Bill" and Jewel Meredith Curry.

    Mr. Curry graduated from Palestine High School in 1960 and from Stephen F. Austin University in 1965 with a degree in accounting. He retired from Dow Chemical after more than 28 years as an economical evaluator. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

    He is survived by his wife, Annette Kennedy Curry of Elkhart; daughters, Kristi Curry Lauw of Brazoria and Meredith Leigh Curry of Tyler; son, Will "Greg" Curry of Lake Jackson; brother, Jimmy Curry of Palestine; and two grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Wayne Curry, Davis Kilgo, Johnny Brooks, Alan Curry, Doug Curry, Chick Springer, Luther Gulledge and Harold Denson.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Curry, Gregg Curry, Rick Lauw, Bryan Lauw, E.E. 'Buddy' Kennedy and James Curry.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-20-1998
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    Thurman Elmo Farris Jr 1960
    Born 01-25-1941
    Died 04-11-2000
    Age  59
    1960 Thurman Farris

    Services for T.E. Farris, Jr., 59, of Elkhart, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Muse Cemetery with Roger Pryor officiating. Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by Palestine Masonic Lodge No. 31.

    Mr. Farris died April 11, 2000 at his residence.

    He was born January 25, 1941 in Palestine to Thurman Elmo and Mammie Bell Reid Farris Sr.

    Mr. Farris worked as a correctional officer for Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was a member of Palestine Masonic Lodge No. 31.

    He was preceded in death by his father.

    Mr. Farris is survived by his wife, Jean Farris of Elkhart; and his mother, Mammie Bell Reid Farris of Elkhart.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-12-2000
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    David Edwin Foster 1960
    Born 10-21-1941
    Died 02-22-2006
    Age  64
    1960 David Foster

    Services for David E. Foster, businessman and rancher, 64, of Palestine will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott A. Dornbush and Dan Manuel officiating, with a special tribute by Bob McKelvey. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

    Mr. Foster died Thursday at Hospice Home Place in Tyler.

    He was born October 21, 1941 in Palestine to L.E. and Ethel Hassell Foster. Sr.

    He graduated from Palestine High School, received his B.A. degree from the University of Texas, Austin, and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He worked over 50 years in the fourth generation family-owned funeral home. He served as past Chairman of the Board for Memorial Hospital, Trinity Valley Medical Center, Palestine Regional Medical Center and Palestine Industrial Foundation. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Royall National Bank, and Compass Bank, and was past Co-Chairman of the Board of United Way. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church serving in various capacities. He served in the Army National Guard.

    His greatest passions were the love of his family, a servant of people in need, flying, quail hunting in South Texas and the great outdoors.

    Mr. Foster was preceded in death by his father, L.E. Foster, in 1991.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Linda Farris Foster; his mother, Ethel Hassell Foster; daughter, Judge Pam Foster Fletcher and husband Phil; a son, Michael D. Foster and wife Geri Lynn, all of Palestine; a sister, Sylvia Foster Price of Hillsborough, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Dylan Foster Fletcher, Delaney Taylor Fletcher and Grant Michael Foster.

    Pallbearers will be longtime friends Bob McKelvey, Dr. C.L. "Sparky" Kolstad III, Stewart Kenderdine, Jon Gregg, Jon S. Brown and Ken Teel. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas W. Bailey, Don Foster, David Rayner III and Jerry Sanders.

    Condolence calls will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 422 S. Magnolia, Palestine, Texas 75801; Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701; or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 823, Palestine, Texas 75802.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-25-2006
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    USA US Army
    Jack Carmon Griffith 1960
    Born 12-04-1941
    Died 03-30-1986
    Age  44
    1960 Jack Griffith

    Services for Jack C. Griffith, 44, of Route 4, Palestine will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Earl King and Otis Felton officiating. Burial will be in New Addition Cemetery.

    Mr. Griffith died suddenly Sunday. He was born in Palestine December 4, 1941, a son of K.C. Griffith Jr. and Eutha Jeffcoat Griffith. He was an Episcopalian, a 1960 graduate of Palestine High School and received his bachelor of science degree from Stephen F. Austin University, where he was affiliated with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

    While attending school in Palestine, he worked at the former Wagnon Drug Store for both Willie Wagnon and Leon Dietz. For four years he served in the U.S. Army in Fort Campbell, Ky. in the 101st Airborne Group. Mr. Griffith formerly worked for Eaton Laboratories in the El Paso district prior to entering business for himself as a pharmaceutical salesman.

    Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.C. Griffith Jr. of Palestine; a daughter, Courtney Paige Griffith of El Paso; grandmother, Lena Jeffcoat of Palestine; brothers, Paul Griffith, Henry Griffith and James Griffith all of Louisville, Ky., Richard Griffith of Lietchfield, Ky., Grady Griffith of Farmington, N.M., Calvin Griffith of Tulsa, Okla. and Frank Griffith of Palestine.

    Condolence calls will be received at the K.C. Griffith Jr. residence.

    Pallbearers will be Homer Owens, Isaac Knick, Alton Brock, Bob Riley, Calvin Griffith and H.C. Langston.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-31-1986
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    Mary Virginia Hamilton 1960
    Born 03-14-1942
    Died 10-01-1983
    Age  41
    1960 Mary Virginia Hamilton

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    Alvin Lawrence Harris 1960
    Born 07-30-1942
    Died 09-27-1983
    Age  41
    1960 Alvin Harris

    Mesquite - Funeral services for Alvin L. Harris, 41, of Garland and formerly of Palestine, are pending at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home.

    Mr. Harris died Tuesday afternoon at Garland Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

    Survivors include his wife, Lillian Harris of Garland; two daughters, Andrea Ann Harris of California and Heather Harris of Garland; a son, Shawn Harris of Garland; his mother, Aline Webb of Gainesville; his father, Willard W. Harris of Hesperia, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Edward (Ann) Corne of Gainesville and Wanda Carr of Garland; a brother, Billy W. Harris of Elkhart, and several nieces and nephews.

    Condolence calls will be received at the Billy W. Harris residence, Route 1, Elkhart.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-28-1983
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    USA US Air Force
    Donald Ray Huff 1960
    Born 00-00-1942
    Died 03-15-2006
    Age  64
    1960 Don Huff

    Services for Donald Ray Huff, 64, of San Antonio, and formerly of Palestine, were held Monday at Valley-Hi First Baptist Church in San Antonio. Interment followed in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

    Mr. Huff died March 15 in San Antonio.

    He was a 1960 Palestine High School graduate. He served 20 years in the United States Air Force and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was employed by Boeing Air Craft in San Antonio.

    Donald is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Gisela of San Antonio; mother, Daisy Huff of Palestine; two sons, Michael of San Antonio and Mark of Boerne; three sisters, Linda Vaughan and of Palestine, Judy Starr of Frankston and Joyce Dyess of Tennessee Colony; two grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephew.

    Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-26-2006
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    David Mack Hutcherson 1960
    Born 03-22-1939
    Died 06-23-1987
    Age  48
    1960 David Hutcherson

    Services for Palestine native David Mack Hutcherson, 48, of Dayton, will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Sterling Funeral Home chapel in Dayton with the Rev. Mike Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.

    Mr. Hutcherson died Tuesday at Golden Charm Nursing Home in Liberty after a lengthy illness.

    He was born in Palestine on March 22, 1939, a son of Zack Mack and Ada Kluth Hutcherson.

    Mr. Hutcherson had lived in Dayton for one year and worked for Exxon.

    Survivors include his wife, Lynn Hutcherson of Dayton; sons, David Hutcherson and Kenny Hutcherson, both of North Shore, E. W. Sherrouse of Baytown, Eugene Bishop of Bay Cliff and Charles Bishop of Huffman; daughters, Brenda Hutcherson, Sandy Hutcherson and Shelly Hutcherson all of North Shore, and Cindy Streetman of Mexia; his mother Ada Kluth Hutcherson Shields of Tyler; sister, Janie Louise Newman of Tyler; and 10 grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-24-1987
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    USA US Navy
    Charles Willard Jones 1960
    Born 07-02-1942
    Died 07-02-1983
    Age  41
    1960 Charles Jones

    Elkhart - Funeral services for Charles W. Jones, 41, of Route 1, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Curtis Grissett, the Rev. J. Alton Jones and the Rev. Calvin Dickey officiating. Burial will be in Strong Memorial Park under the direction of Hassell & Foster Funeral Home of Palestine.

    Mr. Jones died Saturday night after being injured in a traffic accident.

    He was born July 2, 1942, in Palestine, a son of Willard and Loye Johnston Jones. He was assistant manager of Jones Tractor Co. of Elkhart and was a 1960 graduate of Palestine High School. He attended Baylor and Sam Houston State universities and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served four years in the Navy. He was on active duty for two and one-half years on the USS Hancock carrier, stationed off the coast of Vietnam.

    Survivors include his parents of Elkhart; a son, Charles Willard "Chuck" Jones Jr. of Palestine; his grandmother, Mrs. Flora Johnston of Palestine; a brother, Ronnie Lynn Jones of Houston, and two nephews, Ronnie Lynn Jones Jr. and Andrew Jones, both of Houston.

    Pallbearers will be Mark Jones, James Jones, Bobby Don Jones, Joe Jones, Herman Smith and Bob Tucker.

    Honorary pallbearers will be members of the First United Methodist Church.

    Condolence calls will be received at the Jones residence.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 07-04-1983
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    USA US Army
    Ronnie Lynn Jones 1960
    Born 07-30-1943
    Died 01-19-1996
    Age  52
    1960 Ronnie Jones

    Services for Ronnie Lynn "Ron" Jones, 53, of Houston, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home with the Revs. Lester Collins and Lynn Stroud officiating. Burial will be at Strong Memorial Park.

    Mr. Jones died Friday, January 19, 1996, at Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston.

    He was born in Palestine on July 30, 1943. He was a 1960 graduate of Palestine High School and a 1964 graduate of Sam Houston State University.

    Mr. Jones served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He worked as a correctional officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division. He was active in Boy Scouts of America and was a Baptist.

    He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Willard Jones on July 2, 1983.

    He is survived by his parents, Willard and Loye Johnston Jones of Palestine; sons, Ronnie L. Jones, Jr. and Andrew Jones, both of Houston; and two grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Dr. Barry W. James, Chuck Jones, Paul Pogue, Major Brittinghan, Virgil Williams, Joe W. Chaffin and Charles R. Crawford.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Boy Scouts of America.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-20-1996
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    William McMillan Knowles Jr 1960 Valedictorian
    US Flag US Army US-Bronze Star

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    Born 02-10-1942
    Died 10-23-2007
    Age  65
    1960 Bill Knowles

    William McMillan Knowles died October 23, 2007 in Palestine after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Bill was born February 10, 1942, in Palestine. He was Valedictorian of Palestine High School and a National Merit Finalist. He went on to attend the London School of Economics and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston. He worked as a pilot for the State of Texas and a flight instructor while attending the University of Houston.

    William served in the United States Army in Vietnam. He was the top graduate in the Army Medical Field Service School. He received the Bronze Star Medal while serving as Captain and Company Commander in Vietnam.

    After his service in the U.S. Army, Bill worked as a ski patrolman in Steamboat Springs, Colo. and in the Securite des Pistes in Courcheval, France. He was a certified Avalanche Control expert with the U.S. Forest Service.

    Bill was the past Chairman of the Board of the former First National Bank of Palestine, past president of the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Palestine YMCA, past chairman of Palestine Regional Medical Center, and Councilor of the Texas A and M Research Foundation.

    Bill also served on the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Advisory Board as its chairman, 2000 and 2007, in addition to serving on the board from 1991 to 2007. Bill was currently working as a financial advisor at A.G. Edwards in Palestine.

    Bill loved flying; he had more than 8,900 hours of flight time. In addition, he was an A and P mechanic. He was a boat builder and sailor, a diver, a marathon runner. A grateful lover of life, he was always interested in learning new things and meeting new people.

    William was preceded in death by his father, William McMillan “Mack” Knowles; mother, Jean Dilley Knowles; and brother, David Dilley Knowles.

    Bill is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary Lindsay Knowles; sons, Capt. Ian Lindsay Knowles U.S.M.C. and wife Sonia Travi Knowles, Midshipman Alexander Daniel Knowles U.S.M.M.A. and fiancé, Jennifer Young; as well as many friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2007 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Palestine with interment at the East Hill Cemetery.

    The family will be receiving visitors after the service at their home.

    The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Palestine, Pancreatic cancer research or to the charity of your choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-26-2007


    Services for William McMillan Knowles, 65, Palestine, are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, Palestine.

    Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery under direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home, Palestine.

    Mr. Knowles died October 23, 2007, in Palestine.

    He was born February 10, 1942, in Palestine to the late William McMillan "Mack" and Jean Dilley Knowles. He graduated as valedictorian from Palestine High School and was a National Merit Finalist. He attended the London School of Economics and graduated Magna cum Laude from University of Houston.

    He was a pilot for the state of Texas and a flight instructor while attending University of Houston. He served in the Army in Vietnam, receiving a Bronze Star. He also was a ski patrolman in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and in the Securite des Pistes in Courcheval, France, and a certified avalanche control expert with the U.S. Forest Service.

    He was past chairman of former First National Bank, Palestine, past president, Palestine Chamber of Commerce, past chairman, Palestine YMCA, past chairman, Palestine Regional Hospital, councilor of Texas A&M Research Foundation, and served on Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Advisory Board. He was currently a financial advisor at A.G. Edwards in Palestine.

    He was preceded in death by brother, David Dilley Knowles.

    Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Mary Lindsay Knowles; sons, Marine Corps Capt. Ian Lindsay Knowles, and Midshipman Alexander Daniel Knowles; nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Family will receive friends following services at their home.

    If desired, memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Palestine; or charity of choice.

    Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph 10-25-2007
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    USA US Army
    Garland Larson 1960
    Born 08-08-1940
    Died 01-08-2001
    Age  60

    Services for Garland Larson, 60, of Palestine, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Holcombe officiating. Burial will follow in Broyles Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

    Mr. Larson died Monday night at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

    He was born Aug. 8, 1940, in Palestine to Raymond and Louise Cotton Larson.

    Mr. Larson was a machine operator for Union Pacific Railroad. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Mr. Larson is survived by his wife, Linda Larson of Palestine; daughters, Vanessa Beeson and Angie Fox, both of Palestine, Becky Carter, Tina Parr and Kim Carter, all of Boston, Mass.; sons, Garland Ray Larson Jr. of Jacksonville, Ricky Linder of Palestine and Roy Linder of Fairfield; sisters, Ann Miles of Mabank and Lois Bridges of Lake Palestine; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Neil Bridges, Chris Bridges, Buddy Hart, Johnny Largent, Gary Miles and James Fox.

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

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-09-2001
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    Toni McCracken Ingram 1960
    Born 04-04-1942
    Died 06-06-1994
    Age  52
    1960 Toni McCracken

    Services for Toni McCracken Ingram, 52, of New Waverly, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Harberson officiating. Burial will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Elkhart.

    Mrs. Ingram died Saturday at Medical Center Hospital in Conroe.

    She was born in Palestine on April 4, 1942, to Hooper Lee and Edna Washington McCracken. She was a member of Westwood Methodist Church in Palestine.

    She was preceded in death by her father on July 22, 1993.

    She is survived by her husband, Delton R. Ingram of New Waverly; her mother, of Palestine; stepson, Buddy Ingram of Houston; and brother, Pat McCracken of Pearland.

    Pallbearers will be Don Young, David Young, Jim Reeves, Larry Reeves, Harold Dean, Roger Dean, Wayne Gossett, Patrick McCracken, Brad Boger and Tommy Gunnels.

    Condolence calls will be received from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    Memorials may be made to Crown of Texas Hospice, 100 Interstate 45 North, Suite 100, Box 103, Conroe, Texas 77301.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-08-1994
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    Julia Ann Peterson 1960
    Born 08-23-1942
    Died 08-17-2000
    Age  57
    1960 Julia Peterson

    Services for Julia Ann Peterson, 57, of Palestine, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 1615 S. Royal Street with Tony Kubeckay officiating. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Miss Peterson died Thursday at her residence.

    She was born August 23, 1942 in Palestine to Nolan and Agnes Merridith Peterson.

    Miss Peterson was employed the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the insurance claims office. She was a member of the Jehovah Witness Church.

    She was preceded in death by her father.

    She is survived by her mother, Agnes A. Peterson of Palestine; and brothers, Charles M. Peterson of Silsbee and James M. Peterson of Palestine.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 08-18-2000
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    Thomas Lavelle Raines 1960
    Born 01-15-1941
    Died 05-07-1992
    Age  51
    1960 Tom Raines

    Serviced for Thomas L. “Tom” Raines, 51, of Princeton and formerly of Palestine will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Horn-Harris-Crouch-Belew Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. David Wheeler officiating. Burial will be at Princeton Cemetery.

    Mt. Raines died Thursday at North Texas Medical Center

    He was born January 15, 1941, in Dallas, a son of Thomas E. Raines and Bernice Kite Raines. He married Mary J. Thomas on March 27, 1970, in Vernon. He was a Baptist and was employed as a service manager at Technical Purification in McKinney

    He is survived by his wife, of Princeton; his mother, Bernice Story, of Palestine; his father, of Palestine; sons, Ray Shewbirt Jr. of Princeton, Sherman W. Shewbirt of Wylie and Paul W. Shewbirt of Tyler; a daughter, Valoria J. Young of Palestine; sister, Kay Burney of Palestine; grandmother, Pearl Kite of Palestine; and 12 grandchildren.

    Family visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-08-1992
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    Jack Grigsby Steadman 1960
    Born 03-11-1942
    Died 11-14-2001
    Age  59
    1960 JackSteadman

    Services for Jack G. Steadman, 59, of Garland, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at New Liberty Baptist Church of Garland with the Rev. Ken Ashlock officiating. Interment will be at 3 p.m. in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Elkhart under the direction of Williams Funeral Directors of Garland.

    Mr. Steadman died on Wednesday.

    He was a truck driver. After retirement he owned and operated a tree-trimming business. He was a member of the Dallas Model A Club.

    Mr. Steadman was preceded in death by daughter, Stacey Steadman; father, Frank Steadman; and brother James Steadman.

    He is survived by daughter, Susan of Rockwall; his mother, Ruby White of Palestine; a half-brother, Harold F. Steadman of Palestine; and two grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-16-2001
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    James Clayton Steadman 1960
    Born 10-31-1940
    Died 11-13-1993
    Age  53
    1960 Jamie Steadman

    Services for James (Jamie) Steadman, 53, of Lubbock, will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Crescent Park Church of Christ in Littlefield with Wilburn Dennis officiating. Burial will be at Littlefield Memorial Park under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home of Lubbock.

    Mr. Steadman died Saturday at his home.

    He was born October 31, 1940, in Palestine. He moved to Littlefield in 1961. He was employed by Hammons Funeral Home until he moved to Lubbock in 1989, at which time he joined the staff of Resthaven Funeral Home.

    He served in the Cavalry of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, from 1963 until 1966. He was involved with Boy Scouts in Littlefield and was a member of Crescent Park Church of Christ.

    He married Pauline Rieger on May 18, 1987, in Palestine.

    Mr. Steadman is survived by his wife; sons, Paul Steadman of Sudan and David Steadman of Lubbock; mother, Ruby White of Palestine; step-sons, Bubba Martin of Greely, Colo., Kelly Martin of New Orleans, La., and Chad Martin of Austin; step-daughter, Mindy Clark of Lubbock; brother, Jack Steadman of Garland; and three grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Vernon Boatwright, Tommy Enox, Hubert Henry, David Roden, Gerald Rountree, Jimmy Stuart and John Bagley.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-14-1993
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    Henry Frank Vyskocil 1960
    Born 06-05-1942
    Died 06-22-1984
    Age  42
    1960 Henry Vyskocil

    Funeral services for Henry Frank Vyskocil, 42, of Alamo, California, were held Tuesday in the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Kraps and Dawn Boyd officiating. Burial was in the Alamo Cemetery.

    Mr. Vyskocil died suddenly June 22 while vacationing with his family in Southern California.

    A son of Amethyst Vyskocil of Palestine and the late H. H. "Hiney" Vyskocil, he was born June 5, 1942, in Palestine.

    He graduated from Palestine High School, the University of Houston and St. Mary's College. He also attended Texas Tech University. He was employed by Sohio Petroleum Co., serving as a project manager out of the company's San Francisco office with responsibility for design and construction of production facilities on the North Slope of Alaska at Prudhoe Bay.

    He served the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in several capacities and also was a member of the administrative board and the building committee.

    Survivors include his wife, Linda Hodnett Vyskocil; two sons, Mark Vyskocil and Brad Vyskocil, and his mother.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, 902 Danville Blvd., Alamo, Calif.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-24-1984
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    Bonner Bennett Brazziel 1961
    Born 09-29-1942
    Died 03-29-1999
    Age  56
    1961 Bonner Brazziel

    Services for Bonner Bennett Brazziel, 56, of Palestine, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Roselawn Park with the Rev. Gregory A. Megill officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Brazziel died Monday at Seton Medical Center in Austin. He was born September 29, 1942 in Houston, to Bonner B. and Benilu Watkins Brazziel.

    Mr. Brazziel was owner and operator of a pharmacy and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife, Joy Brazziel of Palestine; mother, Benilu Brazziel of Houston; daughter, Tracy Brazziel of Austin; and son, Trent Brazziel of Austin.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-30-1999
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    Clarence Franklin Brooks 1961
    Born 11-25-1942
    Died 09-28-2007
    Age  64
    1961 Clarence Brooks

    Clarence Franklin Brooks, 64, of Powderly passed away Friday, September 28, 2007 at his home. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Powderly Church of God with the Rev. Demp Greer officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery.

    The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

    He was born November 25, 1942 in Anderson County, Texas a son of Ernest A. and Hester Johnson Brooks.

    He graduated from Palestine High School. He married Laura Shannon in Las Vegas, Nev. on December 11, 2004. He was a truck driver for Kimberly Clark from 1987 until 1995 and then was self employed as an Alfalfa Hay Broker. He was of the Baptist faith.

    Survivors include his wife, Laura Shannon Brooks; daughter Tammy Russell and husband, Mel of Lake Conroe, Texas, two grandsons; sisters, Joy B. Tippen and Doris B. Selman of Palestine; and eight nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by brothers, Robert Brooks, Ernest A. Brooks Jr., Huey James Brooks; and a sister, Ettalue B. Ritchey.

    Pallbearers will be Garland Fendley, Sr., Don Roy Pickering, Jimmy Chapman, Talma Norwood, Donald Farmer, and Charles Westbrooks and Robert Duncan as honorary pallbearer.

    Condolences may be made online at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-29-2007
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    Ronald Ray Calhoun 1961
    Born 01-23-1943
    Died 07-19-2004
    Age 61
    1961 Ronnie Calhoun

    Ronald Ray Calhoun, 61, of Palestine passed away July 19, 2004 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler surrounded by family and friends. He succumbed to injuries suffered in the crash of his airplane a day earlier in Houston County.

    Ron was born January 23, 1943 in Seminole, Oklahoma, the son of the late Simon L. and Alpha Wingo Calhoun.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Nikki Roquemore Calhoun of Palestine; his son and daughter-in-law, Cameron Taylor Calhoun and Heather of The Woodlands; granddaughter, Hallie Grace Calhoun; brothers, Simon E. Calhoun of Alabama, Fred G. Calhoun of Jacksboro, David L. Calhoun of Rockwall, and Don D. Calhoun of Euless.

    He graduated from Palestine High School in 1961, North Texas State University In 1965 with a BA degree, and from Sam Houston State University in i967 with an MBA degree.

    He was retired from Palestine Contractors and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

    Above all Ron loved his family and friends. He took great joy in his granddaughter, Hallie Grace. He loved flying, skiing, golf, scuba diving, and photography.

    Visitation with the family will be at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tom Loden officiating.

    Interment will follow at Roselawn Park under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 07-20-2004
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    Bertha Davis Ramey 1961
    Born 12-28-1942
    Died 09-19-1990
    Age 47
    1961 Bertha Davis

    Services for Bertha Ramey, 47, of Jacksonville and formerly of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Renfro Memorial Chapel at Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with the Rev. Tommy Wagner officiating. Burial will be in Muse Cemetery, near Slocum.

    Mrs. Ramey died Wednesday in a Jacksonville hospital after a brief illness.

    She was born December 28, 1942, in Palestine, a daughter of W.B. Davis and Ora Lee Davis. She worked as a customer service representative for E.D.S. in Jacksonville, and was a member of Muse Baptist Church.

    Mrs. Ramey is survived by her husband, Billy F. Ramey of Jacksonville; a son, Randall Keith Ramey of Tyler; and her sisters, Alma Wescott of Livingston, Mrs. Willard Breathwit of Dickinson, Mrs. William Galloway of Palestine and Shirley Newson of Palestine.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-20-1990
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    Brenda Kay Ferrell Carnes 1961 Salutatorian
    Born 04-10-1944
    Died 11-02-2008
    Age 64
    1961 Kay Ferrell

    Services for Brenda “Kay” Ferrell Carnes, 64, of Palestine will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Bailey and Foster Chapel with Dr. Steve Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Muse Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Carnes died Sunday after battling a long illness. She was born April 10, 1944 in Palestine to Clarence and Eunice Ferrell.

    Mrs. Carnes was a member of Marinatha Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. She had retired from Palestine Independent School District after 27 years of service.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Lenfred Carnes; and her parents.

    Mrs. Carnes is survived by her daughter, Tana Herring and husband Greg of Elkhart; son, Mark Carnes and wife Melissa of Conroe; five grandchildren, Clint Herring and wife Nicole, Kayla Herring, Taylor Carnes, Corbin Carnes and Ty Carnes; as well as two great-grandchildren, Claire and Kay Herring; sisters, Glynda Tyer and husband John, Dale Bethke and husband Jimmy; and brother, Carol Wayne Ferrell and wife, Linda.

    Pallbearers will be grandsons, Clint Herring and Taylor Carnes; nephews, Randy and Kevin Tyer; and brothers-in-law, John Tyer and Jimmy Bethke.

    Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4101 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-04-2008
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    Jerry Gale Gatewood 1961
    Born 03-13-1943
    Died 09-03-1987
    Age 44
    1961 Gale Gatewood

    Services for Jerry Gale Gatewood, 44, of Palestine, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel, with the Revs. Theo Johnson and Dan Manuel officiating. Burial will be at Rock Church Cemetery near Blackfoot.

    Mr. Gatewood died Thursday morning from injuries sustained in a truck accident in Uvalde.

    He was born March 13, 1943, in Montalba, a son of Jim and Dolly Mae Beaseley Gatewood. He had lived in Anderson County all his life and had been employed by Wal-Mart as a truck driver for the past six years.

    He was a Baptist and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3907.

    Survivors include a son, Darren Wayne Gatewood, of Palestine; brothers, Charles Gatewood of Balch Springs, Chester Gatewood of Mesquite, W.T. (Buddy) Gatewood of Houston, Kenneth Gatewood of Blackfoot and James Gatewood of Palestine; sisters, Marcella Smith and Shirley Roberts of Houston, Fern Haynes of Palestine and Maysel Elliott of California; and former wife, Marie Miller of Palestine.

    Pallbearers will be Jerry Eubanks, Mac Douglas, Gary Branch, Mike Cubstead, Danny Walker, Jerry Bennett, Wayne Harrison and David Warren.

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

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-05-1987
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    Johnny Mack Ingram 1961
    Born 06-27-1941
    Died 05-09-2005
    Age 63
    1961 Johnny Mack Ingram

    Services for Johnny Mack Ingram, 63, of Palestine will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Bro. David Haines officiating. Burial will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.

    Johnny Mack died Monday night at his residence.

    He was born June 27, 1941 in Palestine to Hugh Willford and Minnie Lee Frazier Ingram.

    Mr. Ingram was employed with the National Scientific Balloon Facility as a balloon technician. He was a member of the Norwood Heights Baptist Church. He served in the National Guard during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Mr. Ingram was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Oscar Ingram. He is survived by his daughters, Kim Morrow of Palestine, Tracey McShan and Carla Sheridan, both of Elkhart; sisters, Blossom Smithheart, Norma Cabler, and Eloise Birdwell; brothers, Sammy Ingram and Travis Ingram, all of Palestine; six grandchildren, Christopher Davis, Stephen Morrow, Destinee Ingram, Ashlee McShan, Allison Sheridan and Austin Sheridan.

    Pallbearers will be Tommie Morrow, Stephen Morrow, Christopher Wayne Davis, Chris Sheridan, Jimmy Birdwell Jr. and Jeremy Barnett.

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

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-11-2005
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    Kenneth Bradley Jeffus Sr 1961
    Born 04-23-1943
    Died 02-13-2011
    Age 67
    1961 Brad Jeffus

    Graveside services for Kenneth Bradley “Brad” Jeffus, Sr., 67 of Palestine, will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday at Antioch Cemetery, Lovelady, with Rev. Russell Johnston and P.W. Cotton officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Palestine.

    Mr. Jeffus passed away Sunday in McKinney. He was born April 23, 1943 in Trinity, Tx. to Lemuel Finon and Nelma Chandler Jeffus. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church and the Elkhart Masonic Lodge AF & AM #400. He retired in 2001. Mr. Jeffus was preceded in death by his parents.

    He is survived by his wife Dollye Jeffus of Palestine, Tx. daughter Lisa Jeffus Perry of McKinney, Tx. and son Kenneth Jeffus of Prosper, Tx., Dollye’s children Melissa Johnston of Humble, Tx., Kerry Barnhart of Rock Springs, Wy., John Barnhart of Palestine, Tx. and Scott Barnhart of Westhoff, Tx., two son-in-laws Russell Johnston and Howard Roth, one sister Sherry Cotton and husband P.W, of Palestine, Tx., brother Frank Jeffus and wife Wilma of Nashville, Tn., grandchildren Christopher Perry, Bradley Perry, Bailey Johnston and Hunter Johnston. Pallbearers will be Don Ray, Christopher Perry, Bradley Perry, Hunter Johnston, Trace Jeffus and Dustin Quick.

    Condolence calls will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Bailey &' Foster Palestine.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-15-2011
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    Linna Christine Knox Vaughan 1961
    Born 11-12-1942
    Died 06-23-2003
    Age  60
    1961 Linna Knox

    Services for Linna Christine Knox Vaughan, 60, of Palestine will be a 10 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2003 at Ferguson Cemetery with the Rev. A.L. Huddleston officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Vaughan died Monday at Hospice Home Place in Tyler after a two-year battle with cancer.

    She was born November 12, 1942 in Palestine to Elba and Lora Mae Burke Knox.

    Mrs. Vaughan worked as a service manager for Montgomery Ward and later for the Texas Department of Human Services. She was a member of the Westwood Baptist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Everett Knox, in 1987; and a niece, Cyann Manley.

    Mrs. Vaughan is survived by daughters, Charlene Watson and husband Matt of Palestine, Christie Beatty and husband James of Magnolia; son, Kevin Holcomb of Palestine; sister, Kay Starr of Angleton; sister-in-law, Mary Knox of Palestine; grandchildren, Sarah Collins, Chris Watson, Drew Watson, Kelly Beatty, Keanan Raines and Kyle Raines; and great-grandchildren, Bayleigh Collins and Hunter Warren.

    In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-24-2003
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    Wanda Jean Mallard Webb 1961
    Born 01-24-1943
    Died 12-05-2000
    Age  57
    1961 Wanda Mallard

    Services for Wanda Webb, 57, of Palestine, will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Lone Pine Baptist Church with the Revs. Ron Sloan and Ray Biggerstaff officiating. Burial will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

    Mrs. Webb died December 5, 2000 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

    She was born January 24, 1943 in Anderson County to Rufus Riley and Edna Conaway Mallard.

    Mrs. Webb was a homemaker. She was an active member of Lone Pine Baptist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Charles Mallard.

    Mrs. Webb is survived by her husband, Billy F. Webb of Palestine; daughters, Laura Webb Poland of Kerens and Jennifer Webb Hill of Venus; sons, Rick Webb and Craig Webb, both of Palestine; sister, Freddie Brown of Palestine; and 10 grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Toby Barnett, Gary Calcote, Lester Pettiette, Gene Russell, Johnny Russell and David Steel.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-06-2000
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    Fred David Marler 1961
    Born 06-13-1943
    Died 11-28-2003
    Age  60
    Dave Marler

    Services for Fred David “Dave” Marler, 60, of Tyler were scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Mark Price officiating. Burial will follow in New Addition Annex Cemetery.

    Mr. Marler died Novenber 28, 2003 in Houston.

    Mr. Marler was born June 13, 1943 in Palestine to Fred and Virginia Lavonne Andrews Marler.

    He served in the U.S. Air Force, was an insurance salesman and was a a member of Southside Baptist Church of Tyler.

    Mr. Marler was preceded in death by his parents.

    He is survived by sons Jeffrey D. Marler of Houston and Paul Marler of New Braunfels; brother, Douglas Marler of Gillette, Wyo.; grandchildren, Kirsten Marler, Ryan Marler, and Sydney Marler.

    The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-04-2003
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    Joanna McDonald Davis 1961
    Born 05-12-1943
    Died 09-17-2009
    Age  66
    Joanna McDonald

    Graveside services for Joanna McDonald Davis, 66, of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Roselawn Park in Palestine. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey and Foster.

    Joanna passed away on September 17, 2009 in Palestine after a courageous struggle with cancer.

    She was born in Palestine on May 12, 1943 to Walter H. and Mattie Jean McDonald.

    Joanna graduated from Palestine High School where she was a cheerleader and attended Tyler Jr. College. She was retired from Lakeview Methodist Assembly.

    She was preceded in death by her parents.

    Joanna is survived by her daughter, Susan Harris and husband Jeff of Palestine; sister, Linda Duphorne and husband Frank of Bullard; brother, Walter McDonald of Palestine; two grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews.

    Joanna was known as a good, kind, honest and caring person and she will be eternally missed by her beloved family and friends.

    Condolence calls will be received at the service.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701 for their never ending compassionate care.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-17-2009
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    Clayton Alfonso McKenzie 1961
    Born 05-05-1943
    Died 09-11-1984
    Age  41
    1961 Clayton McKenzie

    Services for Clayton McKenzie, 41, of Tennessee Colony will be at 4 p.m. today in Hassell & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Danny Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery.

    Mr. McKenzie was born May 5, 1943 in Palestine, a son of Ernest and Mary Lou Schitoskey McKenzie, and resided in Anderson County most of his life. He was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning at Anderson County Memorial Hospital.

    Survivors include his wife, Sharon Gregory McKenzie; two sons, Craig McKenzie and Bryce McKenzie, both of Tennessee Colony; three sisters, Geraldine Ingram and Earnestine Winkel, both of Tennessee Colony and Dr. Joy Senter of Friendswood.

    Pallbearers are Shirley Day III, Paul Sexton, Ronnie Ingram, Larry Hood, Craig McKenzie and Bryce McKenzie.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-12-1984
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    Nelwyn Morris Mitchell 1961
    Born 08-07-1943
    Died 04-13-2001
    Age  57
    1961 NelwynMorris

    Services for Nelwyn Morris Mitchell, 57, of Palestine, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Jery Neill officiating. Burial will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Mitchell died Friday night at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

    She was born August 7, 1943 in Galveston to R.E. and Wanda Bunn Morris.

    Mrs. Mitchell graduated from Palestine High School in 1961. She was secretary for 37 years with Texas Utilities and retired from there in 1999. At the time of her death, she was employed as a secretary for East Texas National Bank.

    She was preceded in death by her parents.

    Mrs. Mitchell is survived by daughter, Leah Mitchell Clark of Edmond, Oklahoma; son, Jay Mitchell of Palestine; sister, Beth Martin of Conroe; brothers, Lt. Col. (retired) Mike Morris of Palestine and Paul Morris of Atlanta, Georgia; and one grandchild.

    Pallbearers will be Bill Brown, Larry Womack, Jim Hines, Mike Murphy, Bobby Huddleston and Henry Link.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-15-2001
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    Thelton Calvert Morton Jr 1961
    Born 07-29-1943
    Died 03-07-1993
    Age  49
    1961 T C Morton

    Corpus Christi - Services for Thelton Calvert "T.C." Morton Jr., 49, of Humble, and formerly of Palestine, were at 1 p.m. today at Cage-Mills Funeral Home in Corpus Christi. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem.

    Mr. Morton died Sunday in a Corpus Christi hospital.

    He was born in Sinton, on July 29, 1943, to Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Morton.

    He was employed as a heavy equipment auctioneer. He recently returned to the United States after working in Turkey.

    He is survived by his wife, Pamela S. Morton of Humble; daughter, Melody Page Morton of Houston; son, Thelton Calvert Morton III of Corpus Christi; mother, Mary Louise Morton of Lufkin; sisters, Mrs. Tim (Randa) Watson of Kilgore, Mrs. Abb (JoAnn) Roquemore of Lufkin and Mrs. Kenny (MariKay) Bean of Celina; stepsons, John C. Weig of Dallas and Jeffrey C. Weig of Humble; and three step-grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-09-1993
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    Jane Routh Nickle 1961
    Born 01-23-1943
    Died 01-13-2011
    Age  67
    1961 Jane Routh

    Memorial services for Jane Routh Nickle, 67, of Palestine will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Philips Episcopal Church with the Rev. Ted Welty officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Palestine.

    Mrs. Nickle died Thursday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

    She was born January 23, 1943 in Muskogee, Okla., to the Rev. Joe Mack Routh and Gwendolyn Kerr Routh.

    Mrs. Nickle was employed for 20 years with Texas Department of Correction as an LVN and was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, the Rev. Dyson Venn Nickle Sr.

    Mrs. Nickle is survived by a daughter, Pynne Nickle Floresca of Lake Ridge, Va.; two sons, Dyson V. Nickle Jr., of Wells, and Joe Lawrence Nickle of Shreveport, La.; three sisters, Joan Lohbauer of Palestine, Mary Elizabeth Smith of Little Rock, Ark., and Catherine Anne Watson of Palestine; two brothers, Joe Mack Routh Jr. and Clay Lawrence Routh, both of Houston; and eight grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-14-2011
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    Dianne Stewart Gaines 1961
    Born 05-29-1943
    Died 04-19-2003
    Age  59
    1961 Dianne Stewart

    Services for Dianne Stewart Gaines, 59, of Palestine, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel with Dr. Jerry Elrod officiating.

    Mrs. Gaines died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at her residence.

    She was born May 29, 1943, in Sequin to Raymond Stewart and Louise Walker Stewart.

    Mrs. Gaines had lived in Palestine most of her life and was a member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church. She was a 1961 graduate of Palestine High School. She owned and operated Stewart Flower Shoppe for more than twenty years. She was active with the Trailblazer organization that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Greg "G.L." Gaines, in 1999; and brothers, Carmon Stewart and Maurice Stewart.

    Mrs. Gaines is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Stewart and Marlane Gaines of Palestine; and grandson, Jared Gaines of Palestine.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Walker, Joe Crutcher, Bob Walker, Larry York, Charlie Brown, Mike Chennault, Gene Arnold, Hugh Dublin and Charlie Griffey.

    Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 823, Palestine, Texas, 75801.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-20-2003
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    Joe Ed Underwood 1961
    Born 11-16-1942
    Died 06-13-1990
    Age  47
    1959 Joe Ed Underwood

    Services for Joe Ed Underwood, 47, of Palestine, will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home with the Rev. Otis Felton officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Park.

    Mr. Underwood died Wednesday in Trinity Valley Medical Center.

    He was born November 16, 1942, in Jacksonville, a son of Clara Belle Evans and Joe Underwood. He was a member of North Jackson Baptist Church and rendered military service during the Vietnam War. At the time of his death, he was owner/operator of Underwood Motor Company. On March 9, 1962 he married Judith Ann Florence.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Underwood; and a brother Truman Underwood.

    He is survived by his wife Judy Underwood of Palestine; mother, Clara Belle Underwood of Palestine; and a brother, Steve Mitchell Underwood of Palestine.

    Pallbearers will be James Ray, James Farrow, Ronnie Kinabrew, Jack Ladd, Jim Cade, Wayne Sorey, Jack Jones and Bob Mitchell.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-15-1990
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    Gerald Harvey Watts 1961
    Born 02-08-1942
    Died 07-01-2007
    Age  65
    1961 Gerry Watts

    Services for Gerald Watts, 65, of Palestine, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Southside Baptist Church with Dr. Stephen Holcombe and the Rev. Lynn Stroud officiating. Burial will be in the Tennessee Colony Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Watts died Sunday at Hospice of East Texas, Tyler. He was born February 8, 1942 in Fort Worth to George Watts and Cleo Belt Watts.

    Mr. Watts was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. He had been a railroad conductor for Union-Pacific Railroad. He was also a former officer of United Transportation Union.

    Mr. Watts was preceded in death by his father.

    He is survived by his wife Fran Watts of Palestine; mother Cleo Watts of Tennessee Colony; daughters: Kerri Alexander and husband Ben of Flint and Kelli Gunnels and husband Greg of Palestine; son, Kevin Watts of Palestine; sisters: Judy Rawls and husband Ronnie of Mesquite and Betsy Smith and husband Gary of Palestine; brothers: Bill Watts and wife Linda of Tennessee Colony and John Watts of Tennessee Colony; seven grandchildren: Tiffany, Ashley, Luke, Tanner, Kade and Logan Watts and Elizabeth Alexander.

    Pallbearers will be nephews: Bob Rawls, Randy Watts, Alex Smith, Sterling Green, Coulter Green, Carson Rawls and Chase Walker.

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

    The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of East Texas, 4101 University Blvd., Tyler 75701.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 07-02-2007
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    Betty Jean West Britain 1961
    Born 09-16-1941
    Died 03-28-2001
    Age  59

    Services for Betty Jean Britain, 59, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Norwood Heights Baptist Church with the Revs. Michael Mynatt and Craig Harris officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Arlington National Funeral Home of Houston.

    Mrs. Britain died Wednesday at Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe.

    She was a member of Norwood Heights Baptist Church.

    Mrs. Britain was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Nina West.

    She is survived by daughters, Tammy Watts Garrett and Kim Talbitzer, both of Fremont, Nebraska, and Jodi Harris and Shirley Furnish, both of Palestine; and seven grandchildren.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Furnish, Jack Talbitzer, Jesse Fezette, Ben Watts, David Harris, Kevin Harris and Don Harris.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-31-2001
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    Class of 1962
    Sandra Jean Bacon Trala 1962
    Born 03-09-1944
    Died 10-10-2007
    Age  63
    1962 Sandra Bacon

    Sandra Bacon Trala, age 63, of Timpson, Texas, services will be held 3 PM, Sunday, October 14, 2007, at Woodlawn Christian Church., Timpson. Officiating will be Fred Bacon and Bro. Roy Platt with interment to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. Mrs. Trala passed away in Houston, Texas, October 10, 2007.

    She was born in Palestine, Texas, on March 9, 1944, the daughter of the late Fred and Marguerite (Douthit) Bacon.

    Sandra was raised in Palestine, Texas and graduated from Palestine High School. She attended Dallas Christian College where she met Butch Trala, and they married on November 09, 1963 in Palestine. Butch and Sandra moved to Timpson in 1971 and were charter memebers of Woodlawn Chirtian Church. Sandra served her church as youth director, church pianist, was actively involved in Women's Ministries, and started Angel Food Ministry. She loved floral arranging and crafts, but most of all she loved being "Granny".

    Mrs. Trala was preceded in death by her parents and brother Bobby Earl Bacon.

    Survivors include: husband William "Butch" Trala of Timpson; son Stanley Trala of Timpson; daughters Tammy T. Sparks and husband Tommy of Timpson and Tersa T. Burns and husband Larry of Timpson; brother Jerry F. Bacon and wife Martha of Dallas; sisters Shirley B. Vannoy and husband George of Livingston and Barbara B. Solieau and husband Robley of Palestine, 5 grandchildren; Kimberlee Sparks Gaona and husband Lupe, Jason Bridges Sparks, Elizabeth Kaye Burns, Allison Marguerite Burns and Halie Grace Burns.

    Pallbearers are Jason Sparks, Lupe Gaona, Conner Lies, Steven Soileau, Brian Soileau and Jeremy Soileau. Honorary pallbearers are Tommy Sparks, Larry Burns, Paul David Trala, Bill Mohr, Khris Mohr and George Weaver.

    Visitation will be 6 to 8 PM Saturday, October 13, at Taylor Funeral Home. Taylor Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

    Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Christian Church Building or Youth Fund, P.O. Box 179, Timpson, Texas 75975.

    Source: Shelby County Today 10-12-2007
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    James Becker 1962
    Born 04-18-1944
    Lost 08-15-1970 in Laos
    Age  26
    James Becker

    On August 15, 1970, 1Lt. James C. Becker, pilot; CW2 Raymond W. Anderson, aircraft commander; SP4 Michael D. Christ, crewchief; and SP4 Peter A. Schmidt, door gunner; were flying a UH1H helicopter (tail number 69-15375) on a reconnaissance team extraction mission in Laos.

    Because of the difficult terrain in the area of the planned extraction, the recon team was to be lifted out by ladder. The helicopter hovered 50 feet over the pickup zone and dropped the ladder from the right side of the aircraft. Five of the team members climbed onto the ladder, and the helicopter began to lift off. At about 100 feet the aircraft began to receive small arms fire and crashed.

    The five team members were stripped off the ladder by the trees as the helicopter descended. After the crash, CW2 Anderson checked the two crewmen on the right side of the aircraft, noticing that 1Lt. Becker was upright in his seat, however, it seemed that he had hit his head into the overhead instrument panel in the force of the impact.

    Becker's helmet was gone, and there was blood on the floor. CW2 Anderson stated that Becker did not appear to be breathing. Anderson then unsuccessfully attempted to free Schmidt from the right gunnel. He noted no blood on Schmidt, but stated that Schmidt did not appear to be breathing.

    Source: The P.O.W. Network dedicated to information distribution on our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Servicemen - Branson, Missouri.
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    Earl Crawford Bennett 1962
    Born 10-29-1943
    Died 05-18-2008
    Age  64
    1962 Earl Bennett

    Graveside services for Earl “Bud” Bennett, 64, of Lindale, formerly of Neches, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Neches Cemetery with the Rev. Todd White officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home Palestine.

    Mr. Bennett died Sunday at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. He was born October 29, 1943 in Anderson County to James Crawford and Fannie Evans Bennett. Mr. Bennett was a Baptist and employed as a surveyor.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Mr. Bennett is survived by three brothers, Billy Bennett of Palestine, James Bennett of Lindale and Dr. Larry Bennett of Greenforest, Ark.; one stepsister, one stepbrother; a stepmother, Aline Bennett: and several nieces and nephews.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Davis, Casey Conley, Michael Bennett, Tim Bennett, Tommy Bennett and John Baker.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-20-2008
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    Kay Roxine Bice Gandy 1962
    Born 02-04-1944
    Died 10-19-2006
    Age  62
    1962 Kay Bice

    Kay Gandy, 62, of Flint, passed away Thursday October 19, 2006 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. No services are planned at this time; arrangements are under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler.

    Ms. Gandy was born February 4, 1944, in Kenton, Ohio, to J. Henry and Helen Curl Bice.

    Ms. Gandy received her masters degree in education and taught in the Fort Worth Independent School District.

    Survivors include her parents, of Flint, one son, Sam Gandy of Ft. Worth and brothers Jim Bice of Tyler and Richard Bice of Plano.

    No services are planned at this time.
    Stewart Family Funeral Home.

    Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph 10-20-2006
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    Mavis Elaine Blount 1962
    Born 07-09-1944
    Died 11-10-1963
    Age  19
    1962 Elaine Blount

    Miss Mavis Elaine Blount, 19, sophomore student at Stephen F. Austin State College died at 11:45 a.m. Sunday at the Medical Center Hospital in Tyler, after a short illness.

    She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Blount of Palestine.

    Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Grace Methodist Church, of which she was a member. The Rev. Derwin Walker, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in New Addition Cemetery.

    Pallbearers will be George McIntyre, LeRoy Griffith, Murphy Douglas, Robert Marshman, Dave Vance, and Jack Dagley.

    Native of Palestine, Miss Blount graduated from Palestine High School in 1962. She had pledged Kappa Delta Pi national scholastic honorary and was a member of Fidelis social sorority on the SFA campus.

    Survivors besides her parents are two sisters, Mrs. Jacqueline Tankersley of Houston, and Misss Donna Lynn Blount, and a brother, Michael Wayne Blount, both of Palestine and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Blount of Flint and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Nerren of Lufkin.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-11-1963
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    Billy Joe Brown 1962
    Born 08-11-1944
    Died 11-17-1995
    Age  51
    1962 Billy Brown

    Billy Joe Brown, 51, of Suquamish, Washington, and a native of Palestine, died Friday at Winslow Convalescent Center in Bainbridge Island, Washington. No services will be held. The body was cremated.

    Arrangements are by Lewis Funeral Chapel and Pulsbo Mortuary, Stone Chapel.

    Mr. Brown was born in Palestine on August 11, 1944. He was a wooden boat restoration corker and had lived in Kitsap County for 21 years.

    Mr. Brown graduated from Palestine High School in 1962. He served in the Army from 1966 to 1968.

    He is survived by his mother, Elvie Brown of Palestine, and brothers, Larry Brown of Palestine and Jerry Brown of Evergreen, Colorado.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-21-1995
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    Gay Lynn Burden Jones 1962
    Born 07-28-1944
    Died 05-17-1998
    Age  53
    1962 Gay Burden

    Services for Gay Lynn Jones, 53, of Palestine, will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Church with the pastors Don Mattern Sr. and Jack Smith Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory.

    Mrs. Jones died Sunday at her home in Palestine. She was born July 28, 1944, in Athens, to L.E. Burden Jr. and Vivian Burden Wooley. She graduated from Palestine High School in 1962 and lived in Anderson County most of her life.

    Mrs. Jones was a member of Hillcrest World Harvest Church. She was a medical clerk.

    She is survived by her husband of 18 1/2 years, Robert W. Jones of Palestine; mother, Vivian H. Wooley of Palestine; son, Jimmy Wayne Chambers of Palestine; daughter, Lou Ann Morris of Harleton; brothers, Lee Wayne Burden of Sanger and Joe Glenn Burden of San Antonio; sisters, Elaine Bradshaw of Houston and Jonnie Battle of Irving; and three grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Charles Odom, Charles Rhodes, Jack Smith Jr., Larry Morris, Cliff Battle, Oarren Goodman, James Johnson and Frank Bohannon.

    Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

    Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-18-1998
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    Rush Hunter Clark 1962
    Born 10-02-1944
    Died 01-07-1978
    Age  33
    1962 Rush Clark

    Rush Hunter Clark, 33, of North Jackson Heights, died Saturday at 5 a.m. at his home following a short illness.

    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. in Hassell & Foster Chapel with Hershel Bearden officiating. Burial is to follow in Davis Cemetery east of Grapeland.

    Mr. Clark was born in Palestine October 2, 1944, a son of V.L. and Pearl James Clark. He was a graduate of Palestine High School and attended Henderson County Junior College. He was a member of the Debard Street Church of Christ and from 1965 until 1977 he was employed by Glass Containers Co.

    His twin brother James Ripley (Rip) Clark died on June 24, 1964.

    Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V.L. Clark of Palestine; his grandmother, Mrs. J.B. Clark of Palestine and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

    Pallbearers will be Jay James, James Clark, Eddie Clark, Mike Shaver, Curtis James, Roy Hartley, Bernice Clark, Jerry Ives, Ronnie Carr and Walter Brooks.

    All employees of Glass Containers have been named honorary pallbearers.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-08-1978
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    Laura Vell Dorman Yip 1962
    Born 03-28-1944
    Died 06-02-1999
    Age  55
    1962 Laura Vell Dorman

    Services for Laura Dorman Yip, 55, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Roselawn Park with the Rev. Ron Sloan officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

    Mrs. Yip died Wednesday at Memorial Mother Frances Hospital

    She was born March 28, 1944, in Montalba, to James Carlos and Nora West Dorman. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Yip. Mrs. Yip is survived by a son, Andy Shipman of Addison; sisters, Ann Dorman of Palestine and Linda Dunievitz of Plano; and brothers, John Dorman of Palestine and Billy Dorman of Lubbock.

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

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-03-1999
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    Leroy Dawson Elrod 1962
    Born 06-07-1944
    Died 12-06-1991
    Age  47
    1962 Leroy Elrod

    Kilgore - Services for Leroy Dawson Elrod, 47, of Kilgore and formerly of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rader Funeral Home chapel in Kilgore. Burial will follow at Gaines Cemetery in Palestine.

    Mr. Elrod died Friday at Roy H. Laird Memorial Hospital.

    He was born June 7, 1944, in Palestine. He was a longtime employee of Davis Kemp Tool Co.

    He is survived by his sons, Derik Elrod and Trace Elrod, both of Kilgore; mother, Bessie Elrod of Palestine; a sister, Elsie Bice of Palestine; and a brother, Rodney Elrod of Lindale.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-08-1991
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    Jack Graves Jr 1962
    Born 02-04-1944
    Died 10-06-1985
    Age  41
    1962 Jack Graves Jr

    Services for Jack Graves Jr., 41 of San Mateo, California will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in Bailey & Foster Chapel with Revs. Leroy T. Stanton and Lawrence Herbert officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Park.

    Mr. Graves died Sunday, October 6, 1985 from injuries received in an airplane crash.

    He was born in Henderson on February 4, 1944, a son of Jack Graves Sr. and Pauline Thompson Graves, currently of Palestine.

    A Methodist, Mr. Graves was a 1962 graduate of Palestine High School and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967. At the time of his death, he was executive vice president of the Bohannon Development Corporation in San Mateo.

    Survivors include daughters Susan Lynn Graves and Jennifer Addah Graves of Phoenix, Arizona; his parents, sister June Sikes of Longview and brother Jerry Lynn Graves of Stephenville.

    Condolence calls will be received at the Jack Graves Sr. residence.

    Pallbearers are George Page, Phil Jenkins, Roger Henderson, Curtis Fitzgerald, Charles Coates and Dan Hawkins.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-08-1985
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    Johnny Cliffton Hall 1962
    Born 10-23-1943
    Died 09-04-1975
    Age  31
    1962 Johnny Hall

    Funeral services for Johnny C. Hall, 31 of Waxahachie, formerly of Palestine, who died in his home there Thursday, were held Saturday in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial was in Waxahachie City Cemetery.

    Pallbearers were fellow employees of the City of Waxahachie.

    Mr. Hall was born in Denton on October 23, 1943, and was raised in Palestine. He graduated from Palestine High School in 1962 and was the City Engineer for the City of Waxahachie.

    Survivors include his widow, Cheryl Davis Hall; two daughters, Katherine Courtney and Stephanie Jane Hall, both of Waxahachie; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hall of Palestine; two sisters, Mrs. Pat (Winona) Main and Mrs. Linda Campbell, both of Palestine; one brother, Tom Hall of Houston and several nieces and nephews.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-08-1975
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    Michael Felder Hanks 1962
    Born 09-01-1945
    Died 06-23-1996
    Age  50
    1962 Mike Hanks

    Memorial services for Mike Hanks, 50, of Houston, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Concord Cemetery with the Revs. Theo Johnson and Bud Magee officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home in Palestine.

    Mr. Hanks died June 23 in Houston.

    He was born in Palestine on September 1, 1945. He was a 1962 graduate of Palestine High School and North Texas State University. At the time of his death, he was a therpist in health care.

    He is survived by brothers, Don Hanks of Waco and Dale Hanks of Garland; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

    If desired, memorials may be made to a charity of donor's choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-24-1996
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    Willard Wilton Johnson Jr 1962
    Born 03-01-1944
    Died 09-18-1994
    Age  50
    1962 Will Johnson

    Funeral services for Will W. Johnson, 50, of Palestine, will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Palestine with Dr. William Newcomb officiating. Burial will be at New Addition Annex. Arrangements are under the direct of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Johnson died Sunday afternoon September 18, 1994 in northern Anderson County.

    He was born March 1, 1944 in Palestine to Willard Wilton Johnson Sr. and Frances Taylor Johnson.

    He was an insurance adjuster. He graduated from Palestine High School in 1962 and received his bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in 1966 and his master's degree in 1967.

    Mr. Johnson was a member of First United Methodist Church in Palestine, where he had served as chairman of the Board of Trustees and chairman of the Administrative Board. He also was past president of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce and the Community Concerts Association. He was owner of Independent Lumber Company until 1988. He was a director of Royall National Bank.

    He is survived by his wife, Nancy Earle Johnson of Palestine; and two daughters, Sarah Allison Johnson and Julie Taylor Johnson, both of Palestine.

    Pallbearers will be Fredrick Felder, Bob McKelvey, David E. Foster, Phil Jenkins, C.L. Kolstad III, John Peavey III, Stewart Kenderdine, Hartley Young and Randolph Young.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-20-1994
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    Wanda Fane Jones Hope 1962
    Born 04-24-1943
    Died 05-05-1999
    Age  56
    1962 Wanda Fane Jones

    Services for Wanda Hope, 56, of Palestine, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Richard Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Park.

    Mrs. Hope died Wednesday at her residence. She was born April 24, 1943 in Palestine. She was co-owner and secretary treasurer of Hope Adventures, which does bass research projects, for 18 years. She was a member of New Life Fellowship Church.

    Mrs. Hope was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Missildine Jones, and brother, Bill Jones.

    She is survived by her husband of 36 years, John Hope of Palestine; father, Morgan Jones of Palestine; grandmother, Bessie Jones of Palestine; daughters, Tina Walling and Cheri Hope, both of Palestine; son, Glen Hope of Palestine; sisters, Jan Fleming of Arp and Darlene Kukoski of New York; brothers, Bob Jones of Grapeland, Jack Jones and David Jones, both of Palestine and Max Draper of Minnesota; and seven grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Grady Allen, Dennis States, Blackey Lightfoot, Bob Kenderdine, Jason Jones, Lamar Jones, Larry Lucas and Jerrel Wilson.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-07-1999
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    Carol Marie Kirkwood Lively 1962
    Born 05-24-1944
    Died 03-19-1998
    Age  53
    1962 Carol Kirkwood

    Services for Carol Marie Lively, 53, of Jefferson, will be at noon Saturday at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Longview with the Rev. Bill Rawlings officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Park under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview.

    Mrs. Lively died Thursday in a Longview hospital.

    She was born May 24, 1944, in Palestine, and had been a resident of Jefferson for four years after moving from Longview.

    Mrs. Lively was a homemaker and a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity United Church of Christ in Longview.

    She is survived by her husband, A.D. Lively of Jefferson; daughters, Cynthia Carol Hicks of Buda and Audra Diane Wells of Jefferson; sisters, Ann Platt, Lela Calloway, Patsy Black and Tammy Young, all of Palestine, and Shirley Moore of Longview; brothers, Mark Kirkwood and James Kirkwood, both of Palestine; parents, J.O. and Sallie Kirkwood, both of Palestine; and two granddaughters.

    Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    Memorials may be made to Hospice of Longview.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-20-1998
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    David Dilley Knowles 1962 Valedictorian
    Born 03-13-1944
    Died 01-01-2004
    Age  59




    Tyler Morning Telegraph
    1962 David Knowles

    Services for Dr. David Dilley Knowles, 59, will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Palestine.

    Dr. Knowles died Thursday, January 1, 2004 in Dallas.

    He was born March 13, 1944 at Eglin Field, Florida to the late Mr. and Mrs. William McMillan Knowles of Palestine.

    Dr. Knowles graduated as valedictorian from Palestine High School in 1962 and received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1967. After receiving his M.D. degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1971, he served a rotating internship at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Wash. and did a family practice residency at The University of Oregon in Portland, after having served in the United States Public Health Service for two years in Katsabu, Alaska.

    He opened a private family practice in Tyler in 1981 and was board certified by the American Society of Addition Medicine. After closing his private practice in 2001, he continued his medical work at Walker House in Tyler and Sundown Ranch near Canton. In both cases he was serving as medical director.

    Dr. Knowles served as chairman of the Tyler Physicians Health and Rehabilitation Committee and served as district coordinator with the Texas Medical Association.

    He is survived by sons, Patrick Knowles of Portland, OR. and Colin Knowles of Arlington; by the former Pat Rogers of Portland and by the former Carol Holland of Hideaway Lakes; brother, Bill Knowles of Palestine, Mary Knowles of Palestine; and nephews, Second Lieutenant Ian Knowles and Alexander Knowles.

    Memorial gifts may be made to Walker House, 227 S. Beckham St., Tyler, Texas, 75702.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-03-2004
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    Jerrell Eugene Marsh 1962
    Born 01-14-1944
    Died 04-14-2006
    Age  62
    1962 Jerrell Marsh

    Funeral services for Jerrell E. Marsh, 62, of Elkhart will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel with the Revs. Ross Cunningham and Bill Gernenz officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory.

    Mr. Marsh died in a Houston hospital on Friday.

    He was born January 14, 1944 in Palestine to Frank and Grace Odom Marsh. He had lived in Palestine all his life and was a member of the Elkhart Baptist Church.

    Mr. Marsh was retired from Missouri-Pacific Railroad and had been a mason and a shriner. He had been a volunteer for many years at the Stock Pot. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

    Mr. Marsh was preceded in death by his father, Frank; step-father, Bill Dressell; mother, Grace; and a son, Chad Eugene Marsh.

    He is survived by his wife, Anita Marsh of Elkhart; sons, David Marsh of Bullard and Jerrell Todd Marsh of Elkhart; daughters, Dawn Poche, Denise Ragus, and Dyan McLain, all of Oak Grove, La.; and 10 grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Chad Steely, Randy Shaver, Donald Shaver, Gary Wynn, Jonathan Walling, Jerry Nowlin, Joel Franklin and Jerry Pat Francis.

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

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-17-2006
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    Joe Carroll Nation 1962
    Born 04-25-1944
    Died 02-19-2007
    Age  62
    1962 Joe Carroll Nation

    Joe Carroll Nation, 62, of Ballinger passed away Monday, February 19, 2007, at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

    Mr. Nation was born April 25, 1944, in Palestine, Texas, to Joel Chambers “J.C.” and Lula Franklin Nation.

    He married Harriet Moser April 9, 1971, in Palestine and attended several Texas colleges and universities, achieving a master’s degree in education. Devoting his life to the education of children, he was employed with various Texas school districts for 33 years, including five years at Coleman as junior high school principal and curriculum director. He was curriculum director with Ballinger Independent School District and retired as assistant superintendent in 1999.

    He was a member of 7th Street Baptist Church and Ballinger Lions Club.

    He is survived by his wife, Harriet; by his son, Kyle of Richland Hills; and by a brother, David Nation, and wife Corrinna of Lake Worth.

    Visitation for family and friends was Monday, Feb. 19, at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Ballinger with the Rev. David Williams officiating.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Building Fund of 7th Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box 663, Ballinger, Texas 76821.

    Source: San Angelo Standard-Times 02-20-2007
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    Larry Ray Neel 1962
    Born 08-15-1944
    Died 02-19-1999
    Age  54
    1962 Larry Neel

    Services for Larry Ray Neel, 54, of Garland and formerly of Palestine, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Strongs Memorial Cemetery in Anderson County with the Rev. Todd Chapman officiating.

    Mr. Neel died Friday February 19, 1999 at Baylor Hospital.

    He was born August 15, 1944, in Palestine, to Dale and Rachel Neel.

    Mr. Neel was a member of the Garland Bass Club and was a Baptist.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Rachel Neel.

    He is survived by his wife, Judy Neel of Garland; father and stepmother, Dale and Nita Neel of Denson Springs; daughters, Kim Fonville of Garland, Karen Beaver of Palestine and Kellie Warner of Michigan; brother, David Neel of Oakwood; sisters, Ruth Mitchell of Athens, Carol Wise of Bryan, Virginia Cooper of Palestine and Bobbie Smith of Tyler; and two grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Jerry Fonville, Ed Beaver, Brent Warner, Stanley Paine, Harold Paine, Gary Campbell, Ron Rose and Eddie Rickman.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-20-1999
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    Susan Elizabeth Neel 1962
    Born 01-05-1944
    Died 06-28-1976
    Age  32
    1962 Susan Neel

    Miss Susan Elizabeth Neel of Palestine died Sunday morning in Anderson County Memorial Hospital at the age of 32.

    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Bailey Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Bill Leediker officiating. Burial will follow in the New Addition Cemetery.

    Pallbearers will be Bill Haney, Vernon Fritz, Phil Jenkins, Pace McDonald III, Ralph Weeks and G. Wayne McDaniel.

    A native and lifelong resident of Palestine, Miss Neel was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was in the Invictus Sunday School Class and served as co-chairman of the Lydia Group, United Methodist Women.

    Affiliated with the Palestine Poetry Society and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, she was an outstanding musician and was a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

    Miss Neel held a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Houston and had taught private piano lessons here for several years. She had studied piano under Albert Hirsch and Moreland Kortkamp Roller, artists in residence at the University of Houston, and was chosen for further study at the Julliard School of Music in New York City, but declined because of health reasons.

    In 1965, Miss Neel was elected to Outstanding Young Women of America and was selected to appear in the 1966 edition of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. That same year she also received the Franklin Award as one of the top 20 students out of 20,000.

    While at the University of Houston, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Theta Kappa, Tau Sigma Phi, Phi Mu, and Phi Kappa Phi, and Arts and Sciences Honorary Society.

    While a student at Palestine High School, Miss Neel was an oboe soloist, a member of the All Honor Band, member of the National Honor Society and President of the Junior Historians.

    A lifetime member of the Order of Rainbow Girls, she had served as organist for the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. An outstanding piano student of Mrs. J. D. Rondeaux, she was presented in recital in 1962 during her senior year of high school.

    She is survived by her parents, Johnnie F. and Mrs. Elizabeth Donhauser Neel of Palestine; her grandfather, J. W. Neel of Elkhart; her aunts, Mrs. Helen Marie Combs of Baytown and Mrs. Minnie Lee Jenkins of Palestine; and four cousins, Gordon and Cathy Combs of Baytown, Ruth Evans of Austin and Johnny Jenkins of Palestine.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-28-1976
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    Walter Nicholson 1962
    Born 01-31-1944
    Died 12-20-2006
    Age  62
    1962 Nick Nicholson

    Services for Walter “Nick” Nicholson, 62, of Friendswood, will be at 9 a.m. today at Grace Episcopal Church in Alvin with the Reverend David Price officiating. A graveside service and burial will be at 4 p.m. today at Pilgrim Cemetery in Elkhart with the Reverend Sam Boyd officiating

    Nick passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at his home and entered into the gates of heaven.

    He was born January 31, 1944 in Waco to Walter “Buster” and Louise Nicholson. Nick was raised in Palestine and had lived in the Alvin area since 1976. A lifelong Democrat, he served as a congressional page during the Kennedy administration and received his high school diploma personally from John F. Kennedy when he graduated from the page school in 1962. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1966.

    Nick went to work for the Boy Scouts of America in 1970 and led hundreds of boys, including his two sons, to the rank of Eagle Scout. After leaving the Boy Scouts, Nick worked in the real estate business in the Alvin area, most recently with Morning Star Homes of Alvin. He was a past president of the Alvin Noon Lions Club.

    Nick was an avid fisherman and teller of “big” fish stories. An excellent cook, he was well known for his oyster stew, barbecue chicken, crab boils, peanut brittle and pralines. In the last nine years he had the joy of becoming a “Paw Paw” to six adored grandchildren and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the seventh.

    Nick was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother- in-law, Bennie Young.

    Remaining to cherish his memory are his children, Scott Nicholson and wife Stacey of Palestine, Ben Nicholson of Rockville, Maryland and Janay Andrade and husband, Robert of Alvin; grandchildren, Bailey Anne Hector, Perry Hector, Ian Nicholson, Emalyn Nicholson, Aiden Nicholson and Joshua Nicholson; sisters, Rosemary Young of Abilene, and Elizabeth Krasno and husband Irv of Arlington.

    Pallbearers in Alvin will be Jackie Reed, Jeff Lyons, Byron Masters, Scott Thrash, Bob Wallner and Bob Cole. Pallbearers in Elkhart will be Jackie Reed, Doug Lowe, Calvin Nicholson, Jerry Hanson, Bob Wallner and Irv Krasno.

    Memorials may be made to the Anderson County Democratic Party, the Brazoria County Democratic Party or the charity of your choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-22-2006
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    George Oliver Page 1962 President
    Born 11-18-1944
    Died 07-18-1991
    Age  46
    1962 George Page

    Services for George Oliver Page, 46, of Lufkin and formerly of Palestine, were held Saturday at Gipson Funeral Home in Lufkin.

    Mr. Page died Thursday at home after a brief illness. He was born November 18, 1944, in Lufkin, a son of J.T. "Buddy" and Marilyn Green Page.

    He was a 1962 graduate of Palestine High School where he served as the Senior Class President.

    Mr. Page was a graduate of Texas A&M University and President of his company.

    He is survived by his father and mother, both of Lufkin.

    Memorials may be sent in his name to American Cancer Society.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 07-22-1991
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    Ben Haynie Perry Jr 1962
    Born 04-30-1944
    Died 04-06-1967
    Age  22
    1962 Ben Perry

    Funeral services for Ben H. Perry, Jr., 22, who died Thursday night in Pampa where he was a teacher at Pampa Junior High School, were held today in the Bailey Memorial Chapel with the Rev. R.L. Badgett and the Rev. Joe Routh officiating. Burial was in the New Addition Cemetery.

    A graduate of Palestine High School and East Texas State University, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben H. Perry Sr.; one brother, John Perry of Palestine, two sisters, Mrs. Donald Bethurum and Miss Helen Louis Perry, both of Palestine; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Perry and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Handorf, all of Palestine.

    Pallbearers were Larry Lamely, W. C. Lamely, Jr., Milton Bethurum, Hubert Pagitt, Ray Smith Jr., and Billy Ray Smith.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-10-1967
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    John Durant Petty 1962
    Born 02-22-1944
    Died 02-07-1977
    Age  32
    1962 J D Petty

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    Jackie Rapier Hamby Sessions 1962
    Born 10-10-1943
    Died 12-15-2001
    Age  58
    1959 Jackie Rapier

    Services for Jackie Hamby Sessions, 58, of Elkhart, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Howard officiating. Burial will follow in the Atoy Cemetery in Cherokee County.

    Mrs. Sessions died Saturday at her residence in Elkhart. She was born October 10, 1943, in Palestine to Vollie V. and Naomi Hamm Rapier.

    Mrs. Sessions was a Baptist and member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 3907. She was a homemaker.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy Homan; and brothers, James Rapier and Billy Rapier.

    Mrs. Sessions is survived by her husband, James Sessions of Elkhart; daughters, Lee Ann Shelton of Palestine and Charlotte Winkler of Houston; sons, Gary Hamby Jr. of Pearland, Billy Hamby of Elkhart, Mike Sessions of Dallas; sister, Sheila Henderson of Pearland; brothers, Hugh Will Rapier of Mesquite and Gene Rapier of Naples; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Charles London, David London, Dustin London, Kenneth Honeycutt, Kennie Honeycutt and David Starkes.

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

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-14-2001
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    Merlene Sanders Moser 1962
    Born 01-01-1944
    Died 07-25-1999
    Age  55
    1962 Merlene Sanders

    Services for Merlene Sanders Moser, 55, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Carl Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery.

    Mrs. Moser died Sunday evening at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

    She was born on January 1, 1944, in Troup to Charles Audie and Nannie Lee Benge Sanders.

    Mrs. Moser was employed as a nurse at University of Texas Medical Branch at the Powledge Unit, Texas Department of Corrections. She was a member of Westwood Baptist Church.

    She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Sanders.

    She is survived by her husband, Dennis Moser of Palestine; daughter, Leanne Moser of Palestine; sons, Rusty Moser and Tony Moser, both of Palestine; sisters, Joyce Voss of Jacksonville and Shirley Johnson of Palestine; brothers, James Sanders of Moore, Okla., Floyd Sanders of Jacksonville and Richard Sanders of Maydelle.

    Pallbearers will be Steven Howland, Morris Howland, T.W. Congleton, Gwen Sammons, Bob Wells, Carroll McNeil, Herbert Trussell and Tommy Gunnels.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 07-26-1999
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    Stanley Joseph Sewall Jr 1962
    Born 10-30-1944
    Died 05-09-1997
    Age  52
    1962 Stanley Sewall

    Stanley Joseph Sewall Jr. died May 9, 1997, at age 52, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born October 30, 1944, in Palestine to Stanley Joseph Sewall Sr. and Josie Elizabeth Vining Sewall.

    Stanley graduated from Palestine High School in 1962. He was a computer systems analyst and scientist.

    He is survived by his wife, Grace Castaneda Sewall, of Cincinnati, Ohio and a son, Stanley Joseph Sewall III.

    Source: Friends
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    Robert David Thomason 1962
    Born 05-11-1944
    Died 04-29-2003
    Age  58
    1962 Robert Thomason

    Source: Friends
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    Annie Rovane Wilson Weisinger 1962
    Born 05-20-1942
    Died 05-15-2008
    Age  65
    1962 Rovane Wilson Weisinger

    Annie Rovane Weisinger joined her husband Grady in heaven on May 15, 2008.

    Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24 at Allen Cemetery on County Road 773 in Murchison.

    Mrs. Weisinger is survived by sons, Grady Weisinger III and Michael Dave Weisinger; five grandsons, Grady IV, Danny, Austin, Arborn and Dale; father, Allen Woodrow Wilson; sisters, Karen and Glendya; and brother, Ricky Wilson.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-22-2008
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    Class of 1963
    Carol Ann Brazziel Lively 1963
    Born 06-12-1945
    Died 10-09-1995
    Age  50
    1963 Carol Ann Brazziel

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    George W Bridges III 1963
    Born 11-16-1944
    Died 02-14-1999
    Age  54
    1963 George Bridges

    Services for George William Bridges III, 54, of Palestine will be at 10 a.m. today at New Addition Cemetery in Palestine with Roy Bowman officiating. He was cremated. Arrangements are under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home.

    Mr. Bridges was born November 16, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois to George William Bridges Jr. and Jean Harmon Poland. He lived in Dallas County for the past 20 years. He was a graduate of Palestine High School.

    He is survived by daughters, Tracy L. Bridges of Carrollton and Kelly R. Moore of Pflugerville; son, William Eric Bridges of Carrollton; mother, Jean Harmon Poland of Florida; sister, Janet Brown of McKinney; and two grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-14-1999
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    Pat Camp Taff 1963
    Born 02-11-1945
    Died 09-04-1995
    Age  50
    1963 Patsy Camp Taff

    Services for Pat Taff, 50 of Tyler, and formerly of Palestine will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Central Baptist Church in Tyler with the Rev. Kim Beckham officiating. Burial will be at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler.

    Mrs. Taff died Monday at a Tyler nursing home after a lengthy illness.

    She was born in Palestine on February 11, 1945 and had lived in Tyler for 15 years. She was a teacher for Grace Community Schools.

    Mrs. Taff was a member of Central Baptist Church and taught Sunday school for the 4 and 5 year olds.

    She is survived by her husband, John M. Taff of Tyler; daughters, Denee' Butler of Richmond, Virginia and Tiffany Taff of Tyler; son, Cody Taff of Tyler; mother Nelwyn Camp of Palestine; brothers, Preston McCormick of Wylie and Edward "Buzz" Camp and Ronald "Peanut" Camp, both of Palestine; grandmother, Willie Ann Self of Palestine; and two grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Herman Smith, Leo Schlensker, Woody Clawson, William Hart, Floyd Schulze and Ed Perryman.

    Memorials my be made to the Grace Abounding Program at Grace Community School.

    Condolence calls will be received today at the funeral home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-05-1995
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    Joe Louis Castaneda 1963
    Born 01-04-1944
    Died 03-29-2006
    Age  62
    1963 Joe Castaneda

    Joe Louis Castaneda, 62 passed away Wednesday, March 29, 1006. Funeral 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 1, 2006, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Grand Prairie. Burial: St. Thomas Cemetery, Pilot Point, Texas. Visitation: 7:30 P.M. Friday, Prayer Service at the church.

    Source: Dallas Morning News 03-31-2006
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    James Ripley Clark 1963
    Born 10-02-1944
    Died 06-24-1964
    Age  19
    1963 Rip Clark

    Funeral services for James Ripley (Rip) Clark, 19, of Rt. 6, Palestine, will be held Friday at 3 p.m. in Hassell & Foster Chapel with John Dial, Church of Christ minister, officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis Cemetery, east of Grapeland.

    Pallbearers Will be George Massey, Clayton McKinzie, Butch Williams, Corky Huffman, George Wood, Buster Herren and Nelson Link.

    A native of Anderson County, Mr.Clark was born On October 2, 1944. He was a member of the Queen and DeBard Church of Christ, and a graduate of Palestine High School. He died Wednesday afternoon June 24, 1964 from injuries received In a tractor accident.

    Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Clark; a brother, Rush Clark of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and grandmother, Mrs. J. B. Clark of Palestine.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 06-25-1964
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    Sara Derrington Huffman 1963
    Born 10-11-1944
    Died 11-21-2005
    Age  61
    1963 Sara Derrington

    Services for Sara Derrington Huffman, 61, of Palestine will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Josh Ponder officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood City Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.

    Ms. Huffman died Monday at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

    She was born October 11, 1944 in Palestine to Felix W. and Mary Kate Lipsey Derrington.

    Ms. Huffman was a bank teller and employed with First Convenience Bank.

    She was preceded in death by her father.

    Ms. Huffman is survived by her mother, Mary Kate Courtney of Palestine; a daughter, DeAnn Sears and husband Bruce of Skaneateles, N.Y.; a son, John Kennedy and wife Kelli of Katy; a brother, Michael Derrington and wife V.J. of Conroe; three grandchildren, Kyla Sears, Zachary Sears and Jessica Kennedy.

    Pallbearers will be Douglas J. Lipsey, M.R. Lipsey III, Brent B. Boswell, Joe Harding, Bubba Lipsey, Garland Ray Lipsey, Tim Harding and Chris Duggan.

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

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-24-2005
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    Lewis Henry Droby Jr 1963
    Born 10-28-1944
    Died 04-14-2005
    Age  60
    1963 Rusty Droby

    Services for Lewis Henry "Rusty" Droby Jr., 60, of Frankston, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Neches with the Rev. Charles Grasty and the Rev. Ray Parton officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home of Palestine.

    Mr. Droby died Thursday at his residence.

    He was born October 28, 1944 in Palestine to Lewis Henry Droby Sr. and Novas Ada Richards Droby.

    Mr. Droby was a member of the First Baptist Church of Neches. He attended Lon Morris College and Stephen F. Austin University. Mr. Droby was employed with Union Pacific Railroad as a claims agent.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Mr. Droby is survived by his wife, Phyllis Patton Droby of Frankston; daughter, Lisa Drafahl and husband David of Crockett; son, Paul Droby of Waco; a sister, Annetta Jet and husband Kenneth Emmons of Tyler; and five grandchildren.

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

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ronald McDonald House, the local Welfare Board of Palestine, or One Church One Child, 1197 Corley, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-19-2005
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    Larry Lee Harris 1963
    Born 03-07-1945
    Died 01-26-2000
    Age  54
    1963 Larrry Harris

    Services for Larry Lee Harris, 54, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lone Pine Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Sloan officiating.

    Mr. Harris died Wednesday at his home. He was born March 7, 1945, in Palestine.

    He was a 1963 graduate of Palestine High School and was a self-employed roofing contractor. He was a Baptist.

    Mr. Harris is survived by his wife, Sandra K. Harris of Palestine; parents, Gwen and Frank Via of Palestine; daughters, Melinda Gayle Hall of Fort Worth, Brenda Kay Dugan of Springtown and Jessica Lee Harris of Arizona; a son, Larry Don Harris of Springtown; sisters, Patricia Stovall of Houston and Zanna Russell of Palestine; a brother, Heriam Harris of Mineola; and several grandchildren.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-27-2000
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    Royce Trice Hassell 1963
    Born 01-31-1945
    Died 12-17-1970
    Age  25
    1963 Trice Hassell

    Royce Trice Hassell, 25, died at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston on December 17, 1970. He had been employed at the Bank of the Southwest since returning from military service in Thailand in October.

    Mr. Hassell was born in Palestine on January 31, 1945, a son of Mattie Hassell and the late James Fletcher Hassell.

    He graduated in 1963 from Palestine High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and received his degree in economics in 1968 from the University of Houston before serving in the U. S. Army.

    Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Bent of Montgomery, Texas; and three brothers, J. W. Hassell of Houston, T. R. Hassell of Vidor and F. H. Hassell of Montgomery.

    Named as pallbearers for the funeral Saturday are John D. Norwood, III, Ricky Cheatham, Jonathan Wall, Cleve Plummer, Charles Ryan and Bill Ryan.

    Honary pallbearers include Gary Lively, Jimmy Cox, and Russell Dupree.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 12-18-1970
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    Ronald George Hemby 1963
    Born 06-24-1944
    Died 09-12-1997
    Age  53
    1963 Ronnie Hemby

    Services for Ronald George Hemby, 53, of Dallas and formerly of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ellis Chapel of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas with the Rev. Leroy Summers officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Restland Funeral Home.

    Mr. Hemby died Friday in Dallas after a long illness.

    He was born June 24, 1944 in Palestine to Anne and Edgar Hemby.

    He was a Teamster for many years with Local 745 and owned his own landscaping company. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

    He is survived by his wife, Mimi Hemby of Dallas; son, Shane Hemby of Dallas; daughter, Stacey Hemby of Dallas; brothers, Eddie Hemby of Palestine and Don Hemby of Lake Jackson; and sister, Emma Anne Frazier of Burke, Virginia.

    The family will receive friends at the funeral home.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-14-1997
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    Richard Floyd Henderson Jr 1963
    Born 10-01-1944
    Died 05-02-1970
    Age  25
    1962 Ricky Henderson

    Funeral services for Richard Floyd (Ricky) Henderson, Jr. 25, will be at 2 p.m. today in the Bailey Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Carroll Fancher and the Rev. Denman Easterling officiating. Burial will follow in New Addition Cemetery.

    Mr. Henderson, who was injured while on active duty in Vietnam, spent a year in a military hospital before returning to Palestine to make his home. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    Named as active pallbearers are Jerry Flanagan, Allen Brent, Larry Dublin, Jimmy Singletary, Jon Gregg, Jimmy Seale, Jack Bolton and Cenovio Rodriquez. Honorary pallbearers are Marty Davey, Darrell May and Joe Ard.

    Mr. Henderson is survived by his widow, Mrs. De Loris Price Henderson of Jacksonville; one son, David Henderson of Elkhart; a daughter, Miss Susan Henderson of Elkhart; two step-sons, Ronnie and Ritchie Middlebrook of Jacksonville; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Henderson of Palestine; a sister, Mrs. Alfred Weir of Palestine; and his grandmother, Mrs. A. W. Henderson of Palestine.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-04-1970
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    Carolyn Henry Prater 1963
    Born 11-15-1945
    Died 04-19-2006
    Age  60
    1960 Carolyn Henry

    Graveside services for Carolyn (Henry) Prater of Palestine will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2006 at Rock Church Cemetery in Blackfoot with Dr. Edward Davis officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Carolyn died April 19, 2006, in Baton Rouge, La. following a brief illness.

    Carolyn was born November 15, 1945.

    She was a member of Walston Springs Baptist Church.

    Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, H.N. “Dink” and Marjorie Henry; her husband, James Prater; and sister, Judy Stringfield.

    She is survived by two daughters, Stacey Prater and Mindy Prater, both of Palestine; three brothers, Robert Henry of Baton Rouge, La., C.W. Henry of Alice and Michael Henry of Centerville; and five grandchildren, Russell Linderman, Jake Prater Golightly, Cameron Prater, Jaron Prater and Kayla Dyess. She also is survived by several nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

    Pallbearers will be Jerry Stringfield, Phil Smith, Fred Smith, Mike Watts and Kenny Prater.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-21-2006
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    James Wilson Huddleston 1963
    Born 05-17-1944
    Died 03-26-1993
    Age  48
    1963 Jimmy Huddleston

    Services for James Wilson Huddleston, 48, of Bryan, will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Hillier Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael J. Sis officiating. Burial will be in Bryan City Cemetery.

    Mr. Huddleston died Friday in Bryan.

    He was born May 17, 1944, in Corpus Christi. He was an insurance adjuster and had lived in Bryan for five years. He was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    He is survived by his wife, Patsy J. Huddleston of Bryan; daughter, Holli Anne Huddleston of Henderson; stepsons, Ronald Lee Ochoa of College Station and Joe Ochoa and Eric Ochoa, both of Bryan; parents, Vicki and J.W. Huddleston of Elkhart; brother, Rodney K. Huddleston of Fort Worth; and two step-grandchildren.

    Memorials may be made to Hospice of Brazos Valley, 2729A E. 29th St., Bryan, 77802.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-28-1993
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    Carrie Sue Jeffcoat Lambright 1963
    Born 11-27-1944
    Died 03-07-2000
    Age  55
    1963 1963 Sue Jeffcoat

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    Donald Ray Johnson 1963
    Born 04-14-1945
    Died 04-30-1968
    Age  23
    Donnie Johnson

    Funeral services for Private First Class Donald Ray (Donnie) Johnson, 23, killed in action in Vietnam, will be held at 4 p.m. today in Hassell & Foster Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Derwin Walker of Houston, and the Rev. R. L. Goad. Burial will follow in Broyles Chapel Cemetery.

    Johnson was born in Palestine April 14, 1945, and was a 1963 graduate of Palestine High School. He was killed on April 30, 1968 while on active duty in the Saigon area of Vietnam.

    He had been in the army about eight months and had been on duty in Vietnam for two months with Company "B" of the 25th Infantry Division. Prior to entering service, he was employed in the packing department of Knox Glass. He was a Baptist.

    Pallbearers will be Jerry Ward, Randy Johnson, Darrell May, Jimmie Main, Jimmie Singletary, Tim Lipscomb, Billly Weldon and Lee Funderburgh. Named as honorary pallbearers are Charles Evans, Marshall James, Jimmie Bassett and David Pope.

    Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Johnson of Broyles Chapel; one brother, Billy Fred Johnson; one sister, Miss Sheila Gail Johnson; a niece, Kimberly Kay Johnson, all of Broyles Chapel; grandparents, Mrs. S. P. Johnson of Palestine, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Henry of Palestine.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-12-1968
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    Amon Lee Lightfoot 1963
    Born 11-17-1944
    Died 05-13-1992
    Age  47
    1963 Amon Lightfoot

    Services for Amon Lee Lightfoot, 47, of Palestine will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Andress officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Park under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Lightfoot died Wednesday at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston.

    He was born November 17, 1944 in Anderson County to Amon Cleo and Jettie Bess Hurbough Lightfoot.

    Mr. Lightfoot was a retired locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad with 23 years of service, a member of the Locomotive Engineers Association and an active member of Southside Baptist Church.

    He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Lightfoot of Palestine; his parents, of Palestine; a daughter, Lisa Linette Lightfoot of Houston; a son, Amon DeWayne Lightfoot of Palestine; a sister, Betty Whitfield of Palestine; and two grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be Richard Spencer, Ronnie Elliott, Murray Herrington, Danny Glenn, Steve Torma, Raben Bolton, Joe Weaver, Clyde Wise, Bill Magee and members of the Adult IV Sunday School Class at Southside Baptist Church.

    Condolence calls will be received at the funeral home.

    In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to the Southside Baptist Church building fund in Mr. Lightfoot's name.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 05-14-1992
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    Gary Harold Lively 1963
    Born 12-05-1944
    Died 07-25-1991
    Age  46
    1963 Gary Lively

    Services for Gary H. Lively, 46, of San Antonio, and formerly of Palestine, were Friday at Cornerstone Church. Burial was at Mission Burial Park North.

    Mr. Lively died Thursday July 25, 1991 in San Antonio.

    He had lived in San Antonio for 15 years, and was director of insurance claims at USAA for 13 years.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Lively; sons, Michael Lively and Joey Arriaga; mother, Gladys Lively of Palestine, sisters, Shirley Milner of Austin and Linda Baxley of Waco; and brothers, Morris Lively of Palestine, A. D. Lively of Longview and Mike Lively of Houston.

    Memorials may be donated to the American Cancer Society, 7115 Datapoint, San Antonio, Texas, 7B229.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 07-30-1991
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    Vicky Evelyn Miller Orr 1963
    Born 06-27-1945
    Died 10-25-2010
    Age  65
    1963 Vicky Miller

    Vicky Miller Orr passed away in Tyler on October 25, 2010. She had been a resident of Tyler since 1996. She lived in Houston prior to that since 1969, where she met and married A.J. Orr. She worked in the oilfield drilling business for many years. She was employed by Triumph LOR, Drilco Oil Field Supply and Encore Drilling Co. where she held jobs in management.

    She was born June 27, 1945 in Palestine to Louis P. and Evelyn Shaid Miller.

    She was preceded in death by her husband; father; mother; and brother, Louis Fredrick Miller. She is survived by two sisters, Peggy Miller Moore of Tyler and Susan Miller McDonald of Houston; four nephews, Ardon Moore III of Fort Worth, Chadd Moore of Houston, Benjamin Moore of Tyler and Matthew Moore of Amarillo; two nieces, Stacy Young and Beth Ann McDonald, both of Austin; five great-nephews and one great-niece.

    Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bailey & Foster Chapel. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.

    Pallbearers will be Ardon Moore III, Chadd Moore, Benjamin Moore, Matthew Moore, Eric Young and Mack McDonald.

    Condolence calls will be received immediately following the service at the cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetes Association.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-26-2010
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    Constance Eileen Moore Smith 1963
    Born 11-23-1944
    Died 02-21-2008
    Age  63
    1963 Connie Moore

    Constance Eileen Moore Smith, 63, passed away on February 21, 2008 at her residence in Palestine after a long period of illness.

    Ms. Smith was born Nov. 23, 1944 in Houston to Eddie Doyle and Johnnie Dell Blue Moore.

    She was a graduate of Palestine High School. She also graduated from secretarial and business schools, and worked in the District Clerk's Office in Galveston, Texas and held several other jobs. She was baptized at the First Methodist Church of Palestine. She had a generous heart and attended to others' needs in the Christian tradition.

    Connie Moore Smith is survived by her daughter, Debra Hubka of Moundville, Ala. and her grandson Joseph Anthony Hubka III, who also resides in Alabama; her brothers, Robert M. Moore of Galveston and Eddie D. Moore Jr. of Frankston; and her nieces and nephews, Janis Walker of Tyler, David Moore of Pasadena, Kelly Chapman of Houston and Hayley Frink of Spring.

    Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 24 at the Mount Comfort Cemetery in Maydelle, Texas, by Bailey and Foster Funeral Home at 207 S. Magnolia St., Palestine.The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the First Methodist Church in Palestine to be used in any of their charitable programs.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-23-2008
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    Joel Robert Naismith 1963
    Born 03-12-1945
    Died 09-24-2004
    Age  59
    1963 Robert Naismith

    Graveside services for Joel Robert Naismith, 59, of Longview will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Rosewood Park with the Rev. Gregg Zackary officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview.

    Mr. Naismith died Friday at his residence.

    He was born March 12, 1945 in Palestine to Joe and Dorothy Naismith.

    Mr. Naismith was a resident of Palestine before moving to Longview 30 years ago. He was a machinist for Rexam Can Co. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Hallsville Masonic Lodge No. 169 and was a Shriner. He was a member of the Mustang Patrol.

    He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Diann; sons and daughters-in-law, Bryan and Sam Naismith of Gilmer and Brad and Tammy Naismith of Longview; grandchildren, Fali, Makayla, Tanner, Baylee and Chloey Naismith; mother, Dorothy Naismith of Palestine; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Kathryn Naismith and Ricky and Rhonda Naismith of Palestine; several nieces and nephews.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-26-2004
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    Louis Goff Powell 1963
    Born 12-15-1944
    Died 04-05-2000
    Age  55
    1963 Louis Powell

    Services for Louis Goff Powell, 55, of Palestine will be held at a later date. McCoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Mr. Powell died Wednesday April 5, 2000 at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

    He was born on December 15, 1944 to Graydon Louis and Irene Smith Powell.

    Mr. Powell was a 1963 graduate of Palestine High School where he was active in football, baseball and track. He attended Tyler Junior College. then served in the U. S. Army with a brief tour in Vietnam. He lived in the Dallas area for many years before returning to Palestine in the late 1980s. He was preceded in death by his parents.

    He is survived by a son, Tim Powell of Garland.

    At his request, those wishing to memorialize Mr. Powell may do so by making contributions to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-05-2000
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    Ellis Ray Reeder 1963
    Born 03-04-1944
    Died 01-24-1975
    Age  30
    1962 Ellis Ray Reeder

    Ellis Ray Reeder, 30, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday January 24, 1975 in Aurora, Colorado.

    The body is being returned to Palestine, where the funeral services are to be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Bailey Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Otis Felton officiating. Burial will follow in the Buffalo City Cemetery.

    Mr. Reeder was born and reared in Palestine. A member of the Baptist Church, he was a graduate of Palestine High School. For the past three years he had been employed by the King Liquidation Company of Aurora, Colorado.

    Survivors include his mother, Mrs. F. C. Reeder of Palestine; three brothers, Bill Reeder of Tyler, J. W. Reeder and Jerry Reeder, both of Conroe; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Albright of Buffalo; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Reeder's father preceded him in death on July 14, 1970.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-26-1975
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    Michael Hall Selden 1963
    Born 01-09-1945
    Died 03-11-1997
    Age  52
    1963 Michael Selden

    Services for Michael Hall Selden, 52, of Longview, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Old City Cemetery in Henderson with Brad Ramsey officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home of Henderson.

    Mr. Selden died Tuesday morning at his residence after a sudden illness.

    He was born in Palestine on January 9, 1945.

    Mr. Selden was a Presbyterian. He was a drug and alcohol counselor at the North Texas Treatment Center in Overton.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Hall Selden.

    He is survived by his father, Fred W. Selden of Palestine; and son, Michael Paul Selden of Garland.

    Pallbearers will be John Bateman, Keenan Barrett, James Barry, James Mason, Jack Selden, Jerry Ted Roberts, Worth Andrews and Ronnie Selden.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 03-12-1997
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    G Ray Smith Jr 1963
    Born 11-07-1944
    Died 08-09-1994
    Age  49
    1963 Smitty Smith

    Memorial service for G. Ray "Smitty" Smith, Jr., 49, of Palestine, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Church in Palestine with the Rev. Benny Burlison officiating. Private burial was Tuesday at Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory.

    Mr. Smith died Tuesday at a Wortham nursing home after a lengthy illness.

    He was born in Los Angeles, California on November 7, 1944, to G. Ray and Dorothy Jane Jenkins Smith. He was a 1963 graduate of Palestine High School and attended Tyler Junior College and Henderson County Junior College. Mr. Smith received his master's degrees in biology and geology from East Texas State University in Commerce. He returned to Palestine in 1983.

    He was a member of Palestine Chamber of Commerce, Palestine Masonic Lodge # 31 and Trinity Church.

    Mr. Smith is survived by his parents, of Palestine; son, George Ray Smith of Crandall; and a daughter, Catherine Smith of Crandall.

    He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Anne Smith, in 1961; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Jenkins; and a cousin, Chuck Harper.

    Memorials may be made to Trinity Church Building Fund or the Anderson County Humane Society.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 08-10-1994
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    James Tucker Stovall 1963
    Born 06-01-1945
    Died 11-07-1968
    Age  23
    1963 Jimmy Stovall

    Last rites for 2nd Lieutenant James Tucker (Jimmy) Stovall, co-captain of Palestine High School's 1962 football team, are scheduled for 3 p.m. today in the First Christian Church here with Dr. Robert L. Badgett officiating. Burial will follow in Tennessee Colony Cemetery.

    Lt. Stovall died November 7, 1968 from wounds received while on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War.

    Military honors both at the funeral and at the graveside services will be accorded by personnel from Waco.

    Named as honorary pallbearers for the funeral are Ed Sewell, Jack Fralick, David Hanson, Roy Burrel, Chuck Taylor, Jerry Alexander, Ray Smith, Jr., Luke Thornton, Tom Ball, Jimmy Groh, James Becker, and Howard Calcote, along with other friends and relatives of the family.

    Lt. Stovall was born June 1, 1945, in Wharton, Texas, and was the son of the late Walter Durrell Stovall, Sr., and Mrs. Mae Emma Farris Stovall.

    He moved with his family to Palestine when he was a second grader and graduated from Palestine High School in 1963.

    Later attending Navarro Junior College at Corsicana, where he was named "Most Popular Boy" on campus. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from McMurray College at Abilene in August 1967.

    At McMurray, he was vice-president of the senior class and a member of Alpha Sigma Chi Social Club. He was a guard on the McMurray football team and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

    In October 1967, he entered service and received his basic training at Quantico, Virginia and engineers training at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He was commissioned a second lieutenant on January 5, 1968.

    The body is to be at Hassell & Foster Funeral Home here until taken to the church for last rites. Lt. Robert Dietrick will be special honor escort for the detail which will accompany the body to the church and to graveside.

    The family has requested that memorial contributions be mailed to Dr. Ralph Hester at McMurray College in Abilene, where the college's field house and gymnasium have been named in honor of Lt. Stovall.

    Lt. Stovall is survived by his widow, Mrs. Carol Sewell Stovall of Brownfield; a brother, W. D. Stovall, Jr., of Baytown; two sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Fralick and Mrs. Patti Hanson, both of Katy.; a grandmother, Mrs. Vera Farris of Palestine; two uncles, James H, Farris and Tucker R. Farris, both of Palestine; five aunts, Mrs. A. A. Jenkins and Mrs. A. A. Owen of Palestine, Mrs. M. C. Kelly of Houston, Mrs. W. E. Reed and Mrs. P. D. Phillips, both of Dallas; six nephews and two nieces.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 11-10-1968
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    Barry Williams Beard 1964
    Born 08-04-1945
    Died 01-26-1988
    Age  42
    1964 Barry Beard

    Services for Barry W. Beard, 42, of Tyler, and formerly of Palestine, were today at Olive Branch Cemetery in Anderson County with the Rev. Jack Cox officiating. Burial was under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home of Tyler.

    Mr. Beard died Monday at his residence after a brief illness.

    Mr. Beard was born August 4, 1945 in Palestine, and had lived in Tyler for nine years. He was a former employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.

    Survivors include his sons, Robert A. Beard and Ronald C. Beard, both of Whitehouse; mother, Mrs. F.O. Beard of Palestine; and a sister, Janis Beard of Austin.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-28-1988
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    Douglas Eugene Blaser 1964
    Born 12-22-1945
    Died 10-18-2005
    Age  59
    1963 Doug Blaser

    Graveside services for Douglas Eugene Blaser, 59, a resident of Frankston for over 23 years, were held Saturday, October 22 at Frankston City Cemetery with Bro. John Brindley officiating.

    Services were under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Frankston.

    He was born December 22, 1945. Mr. Blaser died October 18 in Anderson County.

    He worshipped at the First United Methodist Church of Frankston, and at the time of his death was employed at Foot’s Liquor Store in Palestine, Texas.

    Mr. Blaser was preceded in death by his father, Col. Eugene V. Blaser, and by stepfather Ruie B. Cathey.

    Mr. Blaser is survived by his mother, Frances Nettie Cathey-Rutherford, of Twin Oaks in Jacksonville, Texas; his brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Jackie Blaser of Poynor; his nephew, Mickey Blaser and niece, Codie Blaser, also of Poynor.

    He was a musician first and foremost, a songwriter who once won the Kerrville Folk Festival for Best Songwriter and Best Performer, a teacher and a historian. Relatives describe him as a man who loved to talk and could tell you just about everything about anything; all you had to do was ask.

    Donations may be made in Mr. Blaser’s name to First United Methodist Church in Frankston.

    Pallbearers were Bill Scenters, Brian Richardson, Don Richardson, Jr., Mickey Braser, Jim Stinson and Mike Blaser.

    Honorary pallbearers were Don Richardson, Sr. and Tommy Rutherford.

    Source: Frankston Citizen 10-24-2005
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    Martin Anthony Davey III 1964
    Born 01-01-1946
    Died 04-23-1996
    Age  50
    1962 Marty Davey

    Services for Martin Anthony Davey III, 50, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Land of Memory Cemetery with Chris Kolstad officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

    Mr. Davey died Tuesday after a lengthy illness.

    He was born in Fort Worth on January 1, 1946.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Anthony Davey Jr. in 1963 and Johnnie Belle McDonald Davey in 1978.

    Mr. Davey was an investor in oil and gas leases.

    He is survived by a son, Chris Amico Davey of Lewisville.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-24-1996
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    Andrew Frantzen Jr 1964
    Born 10-04-1945
    Died 12-31-2003
    Age 58
    1964 Drew Frantzen

    Services for Andrew Frantzen Jr. 58, of Neches will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Bill Haney and Dr. Tom Rousseau officiating.

    Mr. Frantzen died December 31, 2003 at his residence.

    He was born October 4, 1945 in Palestine to Andrew Frantzen Sr. and Velma Louise Lowe Frantzen.

    Mr. Frantzen graduated from Palestine High School in 1964, received his B.S. degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1968, and his masters degree from Sam Houston State University. Mr. Frantzen was a coach and a teacher.

    He was preceded in death by his father.

    Mr. Frantzen is survived by his daughter, Wendy Frantzen; son, Tad Frantzen and wife Mona; mother, Louise Frantzen; former wife and best friend, Janis Bratz Frantzen; grandchildren, Kaylee Frantzen and Madison Frantzen, all of The Woodlands.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 8111 N. Stadium Dr., Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77054. 713-526-8967.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 01-08-2004
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    Martin Randall Gillespie 1964
    Born 08-15-1948
    Died 10-13-2007
    Age  59
    1964 Randy Gillespie

    Memorial services for Martin Randall Gillespie, 59, of Huntington will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Simon Purvis officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home.

    Mr. Gillespie was born August 15, 1948 in Tyler to John and Eddie (Evans) Gillespie, and died October 13, 2007, in a local hospital.

    Randy served in the United States Army, stationed in Korea from 1966-1968, afterwards going on to receive his Bachelor of Science at Sam Houston State University.

    He was a successful business owner for over 30 years, including Pal’s Video Plus Located in Lufkin for the last 18 years.

    Survivors include his wife Patricia (Simpson) Gillespie, Sons and Daughters-in-law Shawn and Stephanie, and Terrance and Susan Gillespie, all of Lufkin, and daughter Randa Gillespie of San Marcus. Sister Sharon Gillespie of Austin, six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas, 75904.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 10-15-2007
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    Brent Hunt Gragg 1964
    Born 02-20-1945
    Died 08-04-1995
    Age  50
    1963 Brent Gragg

    Services for Brent Hunt Gragg, 50, of Palestine, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Bill Newcomb officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory.

    Mr. Gragg died this morning at his home after a lengthy illness.

    He was born in Alexandria, LA., on February 20, 1945, to Jack E. and Elizabeth D. Gragg. A lifelong resident of Palestine, he lived with his parents and was engaged in oil and gas production.

    Mr. Gragg received an associate degree from Tyler Junior College and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Jack E. Gragg, in November 1986.

    He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth D. Gragg of Palestine; and a brother Joe Richard Gragg of Dripping Springs.

    Pallbearers will be Bob Logan, Johnny Norwood, Bill Fargo, Clint Surles, Walter Rainbolt, Jr. and Robert Ray Tubbs. Condolence calls will be received at 1002 Hilltop Drive. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 08-04-1995
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    Jimmy Joe Manning 1964
    Born 08-27-1945
    Died 09-02-2007
    Age  62
    1964 Joe Manning

    Jimmy Joe Manning, 62, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, September 2, 2007.

    Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Blessing Funeral Home, 401 Elm St. in Mansfield. Burial will follow 2:30 p.m. today at Land Of Memories Cemetery in Palestine.

    His pallbearers are Tommy, Ricky, Danny and Johnny Horton, Frank Herman and Kerry Vondrak.

    Jimmy Joe was born on August 27, 1945, in Leon County, the son of J.E. and Louise Manning. He worked all his life for his family. He loved being outdoors.

    All who knew him loved him.

    He was preceded in death by his father, J.E. Manning; and grandson, Troy Earl.

    Survivors including: his wife, Linda K. Manning of Fort Worth; children, Chris and Liz of Fort Worth, Barbara and Darin of Illinois, James Edward and Ruth Ann and Jennifer and Darrill of Fort Worth; stepchildren, James and Nikkie of Fort Worth, Debra Ann, Gregg and Crissy and Garry, all of Houston; grandchildren, Justin, Amanda, Chelsea, Tyler, Kristina, Jimmy Joe, Jade, Samuel and Zeth; his mother, Louise Manning; sisters, Sue Morris and Donna Davis; brother, Eddie Don; and a host of friends at Horton Tree Service and NES.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 09-05-2007
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    Toni Kay Oxford Yawn 1964
    Born 12-27-1945
    Died 12-09-1995
    Age  49
    1964 Toni Oxford

    Toni Kay Oxford Yawn was born December 27, 1945 in Washington County, Texas to Edward G. Oxford and Kathryn Hardie Oxford. She died December 9, 1995 in Bexar County, Texas.

    Toni attended Palestine High School. She and Billy Ray Yawn were married October 5, 1963.

    She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by daughters, Tracy Lynn Yawn Beazley and Kimberly Kaye Yawn.

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    Linda J Rice Riley 1964
    Born 03-04-1946
    Died 04-01-2006
    Age  60
    1963 Linda Rice

    Services for Linda J. Riley, 60, of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel with Dr. Barry Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Riley died Saturday morning at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

    She was born March 4, 1946 in Indiana to George A. and Edith Rice Sr. She lived in Palestine most of her life where she graduated from Palestine High School in 1964. Linda was a graduate of the TJC nursing school and held a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas in Tyler. She worked as a nurse at Palestine hospitals for many years. She was a member of Evangelistic Temple.

    Mrs. Riley was preceded in death by her mother, and son, Scott Weeks.

    She is survived by her husband Robert W. Riley of Palestine; daughters Korie Weeks Stegall and husband Ronnie of Bullard, and Kellie Reeder and husband David of Palestine; son John Paul Riley of Waxahachie; father George A. Rice Sr. of Elkhart; brother George A. Rice Jr. of Mesquite and 10 grandchildren.

    Pallbearers will be John Paul Riley, David Reeder, Ronnie Stegall and Kenneth Stegall.

    The family will receive condolences from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-02-2006
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    Thomas Darrell Williamson 1964
    Born 08-14-1943
    Died 01-29-1966
    Age  22
    1964 Darrell Williamson

    Rites Saturday For War Victim
    Funeral services for Spec. 4th Class Thomas Darrell Williamson, 22, who was killed in Viet Nam on January 29, 1966 will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in Hassell & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Charles Taylor and the Rev. George Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Land of Memory Cemetery with graveside military honors accorded by servicemen from Fort Hood.

    Cousins will serve as pallbearers at the chapel.

    Born at Mertens, Texas in Hill County on August 14, 1943, he had spent most of his life in Palestine.

    Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Williamson of Palestine; a brother, Luther Lenn Williamson of Palestine; three sisters, Mrs. Sonny Byrd of Dallas, Mrs. Joe Lee Hall of Palestine and Miss Linda Pauline Williamson of Palestine; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Williamson of Hillsboro and Mrs. W. R. Perry of Mertens.

    The body will be at Hassell & Foster upon arrival in Palestine early Friday morning.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 02-04-1966
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    Harold Woodard Jr 1964
    Born 07-07-1946
    Died 04-29-2000
    Age  53
    1964 Woody Woodard

    Services for Harold “Woody” Woodard Jr., 53, of Palestine, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Dub Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery in Palestine under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

    Mr. Woodard died Saturday at his home in Palestine.

    He was born July 7, 1946, in Palestine, to Harold and Josephine McDonald Woodard.

    Mr. Woodard graduated from Palestine High School in 1964 and from Baylor University in 1969. He served in the U.S. Air Force then worked for Texas Instruments and the City of Plano for seven years. He worked for Palestine Contractors as a foreman and in public relations until his death.

    Mr. Woodard was a member of Southside Baptist Church and a former Rotarian. He was named recipient of the Booster of the Year Award of the Wildcat Booster Club in 1999.

    He was preceded in death by his father; and sister, Anne Glass.

    Mr. Woodard is survived by his wife, Angela Woodard of Palestine; mother, Josephine Woodard of Palestine; sons, Theodore Stuart Woodard of Nacogdoches and Samuel Harold Woodard of Palestine; daughters, Abbey Jeffus of Palestine and Amanda Anne Woodard of Dallas; and one granddaughter.

    Pallbearers will be Jim Steadman, Johnny Johnston, Larry Davis, John Berry, Mack McDonald, Rick Taylor, Larry Harris and Roy Wallace Golson.

    Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult 4 Men’s Sunday School Class at Southside Baptist Church and the men of Palestine High School Class of 1964.

    Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

    Memorials may be made to the building fund at Southside Baptist Church.

    Source: Palestine Herald-Press 04-30-2000
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    Pamela Joy Yeast Daniel 1964
    Born 08-26-1946
    Died 09-08-1985
    Age  39
    1964 Pam Yeast

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