March 10, 1940 - June 15, 2017
Memorial services for Maxine Finch, 77, of Chandler are scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 1:30 PM at West Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Evans officiating.
Mrs. Finch passed away June 15, 2017 in Tyler. She was born March 10, 1940 in Magnolia Springs. She retired as a corporate secretary.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ruben and Helen Grimes, and a brother, R.J. Grimes, Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Finch of Chandler, sons, William Whitman Finch, IV and wife Lisa of Sunnyvale, daughter, Tamara Lynn Stephenson and husband Charles of Bullard, David Rockland Finch and wife Marlynne of Flint, sister-in-laws, Amy Grimes and Mary Hodges and husband Charlie, and six grandchildren: Landry Finch, Michelle Stephenson Dotson, Bryan Stephenson, Logan Finch, Cameron Finch, and Bailey Finch, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joann Murphy Carnes
June 20, 1931 - May 31, 2017
Services for Joann Murphy Carnes, 85, of Chandler, are scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Chandler with Rev. Dr. Pat Day and Rev. Bryan Harkness officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Carnes passed away May 31, 2017 in Tyler. She was born June 20, 1931 in Edom. She retired from teaching after 30 years.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” F. Carnes and parents, Lester and Gladys Murphy.
Survivors include daughter, Sheri and Dr. Pat Day of Shreveport, LA, granddaughter, Joanna Putnam and husband Joseph of Richardson, great granddaughters, Greyson Jane and Hadley Katherine Putnam, brother, Larry Murphy and wife Amy of Edom, sister-in-law, Rosie Bussman of Chandler, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Murphy, Gabriel Murphy, Samuel Ross, Jacob Ross, Brian Holcomb and Daniel Gillam.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Lois Katherine McCollum
August 29, 1918 - May 7, 2017
Graveside services for Lois Katherine McCollum, 98, of Dallas, are scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. McCollum was born in Tyler on August 29, 1918, and passed away in Dallas on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
She was the daughter of George and Blanche Luttrell of Tyler.
Mrs. McCollum was married to Glenn McCollum, who passed away on December 11, 1993. They had two children, Forrest McCollum and Dorenda Jordan.
Survivors include her sister, Geraldine Kinler of Kerrville, Texas, her children, Forrest and Dorenda, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Jimmy Ray Dial, Sr.
July 15, 1941 - April 30, 2017
Graveside services for Jimmy Ray Dial, Sr., 75, of Athens, are scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Concord Cemetery. Burial will be under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Dial passed away April 30, 2017 in Athens. He was born July 15, 1941 in Lubbock to O.B. and Varie Dial.
Survivors include children, Jamie Watters and husband Tim of Chandler, Brenda Riddle and husband Tommy of Chandler, Shelli Dial and husband Kenneth Finkie of Chandler, Jimmy Ray Dial, Jr. of Chandler; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Burgin Dial and wife Rosemary of Lubbock and Charles Steven Dial of Lubbock; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Tim Watters, Tommy Riddle, Kenneth Finkie, Aaron Nelson, Joseph Burgin Dial, Charles Steven Dial, Eric Nelson and Taylor Finkie.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
John Crawford "J.C." McDaniel, Jr.
May 6, 1937 - March 28, 2017
A memorial service for John Crawford “J.C.” McDaniel, Jr., is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM at West Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Evans officiating.
Mr. McDaniel passed away March 28, 2017 at Christus Mother Frances in Tyler. He was born May 6, 1937 in Conroe.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyn, sons, Jim McDaniel and wife Angela of Houston, Scott McDaniel and wife Maci of Magnolia, daughter, Dana DiBassie and husband Dean of Tomball, grandchildren, Jeremy, Dillon, Brieann, Dakota, and great granddaughters, Destyn and Daelyn, siblings, Mickey Stinson, Terry Overton and Tommy McDaniel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the West Lake Baptist Church Food Bank, 1439 FM 315 South, Chandler, TX 75758.
William Earl Crim
January 23, 1968 - March 19, 2017
Graveside services for William Earl Crim, 49, of Paris, are scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Union Chapel Cemetery near Van with Rev. Bob Wallace officiating. Burial will be under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Crim passed away March 19, 2017 in Paris. He was born January 23, 1968 in Tyler to William and Linda (Ingram) Crim.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Frances Crim, and maternal grandmother, Fay Best.
Survivors include parents, brother, Gary Crim of Tyler, sister, Laura Freeze and husband Chris of Chandler, nieces, Libby and Katy Freeze of Chandler, and nephew, Austin Freeze of Chandler.
Marsha Ann Wright
January 1, 1952 - March 16, 2017
Services for Marsha Ann Wright, 65, of Chandler, are scheduled for Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Chandler with Ron Ivey officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wright passed away March 16, 2017 in Chandler. She was born January 1, 1952 in Abilene to the late J.W. and Dorothy (Williams) Chaney.
Survivors include husband, David W. Wright of Chandler, son, Robert Heath McMichael and wife Mandy of Keller, son, Wade Lee Burton of Houston, brother, Don Chaney and wife Charlotte of Whitehouse, sister, Jan Gresham and husband Larry of Whitehouse, step-sons, David Wright, Jr. and wife Jordan of Tyler, Nathan Wayne Wright and wife Monica of Chandler, and seven grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Heath McMichael, Rusty Liles, Don Chaney, Craig Liles, David Wright and Nathan Wright. Honorary pallbearer will be Wade Burton.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.
August 18, 1939 - March 12, 2017
Services for Helen Moore-Campbell, 77, of Chandler, are scheduled for Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Helen passed away March 12, 2017 in Chandler. She was born August 18, 1939 in Avera, Georgia to Louis Newsome and Lela Hadden.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Gail Allen, and daughter, Debra White.
Survivors include husband, Dean Campbell of Chandler, daughters, Angela Root and husband Len of Dallas, Becky Harper of Chandler, Tracy Smith and husband Matt of Chandler, step-daughter, Michelle Renfro and husband Marty of Chandler, brother, Champ Newsome and wife Ann of Augusta, Georgia, 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Bertha Garrison Pritchard
January 12, 1927 - March 12, 2017
Services for Bertha Garrison Pritchard, 90, of Chandler, are scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Bristow officiating. Burial will be in Rock Hill Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pritchard passed away March 12, 2017 in Carrollton. She was born January 12, 1927 in Wichita Falls to Arthur Garrison and Elvia Rea Matlock.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Thomas E. Pritchard, and sister, June Spear.
Survivors include daughter, Bonnie Chustz and husband Steve of Dallas, son, Thomas A. Pritchard and wife Sherri Ann of Chandler, grandchildren, Nathan Castle, Brandon Castle, Micah Pritchard, great grandchildren, Landon Castle, Lucy Castle, and Jason Brooks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rock Hill Baptist Church Missions Fund.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Barbara Ann Hull
March 10, 1938 - March 10, 2017
Barbara Ann Hull, a proud resident of Chandler, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at the age of 79. Barbara was born on March 10, 1938 to Herman and Hazel Shelton and was a graduate of Chandler High School.
We lost an angel, but Heaven gained one.
Barbara Ann was the best mother to two children and the perfect Meme to three grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was known for her loud voice, her fearlessness, and the stories she told.
She was a successful woman in a man’s world. She built many businesses in Chandler, including Hull Equipment, a Kubota Tractor dealership, Hull Realty, Hull Storage, and even built the Chandler Post Office. She loved being a part of the community by helping with the Pow-Wow, donating to the Chandler Museum, and handing out Halloween candy.
Barbara loved spending time with family, playing 84 with friends, gardening and watching birds at her house, and taking care of others. She was an avid collector of Precious Moments, Thomas Kinkade paintings, depression glass and her refrigerator was covered in magnets from the places she had traveled.
She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter-in-law, Teresa Hull. She is survived by her son Rodney Hull; son Rex and his wife Kathy Hull; Granddaughter Joy and her husband Brandon Krusz of Staunton, VA; Grandson David Hull; Granddaughter Rebekah Hull; Great-Grandchildren Ethan and Adalyn Krusz.
Services will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Chandler with Rev. Bryan Harkness officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. A visitation will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Donations may be sent to the Chandler Historical Society, P.O. Box 63, Chandler, Texas 75758.
Emily M. Stephenson
February 8, 1937 - March 7, 2017
A funeral service for Emily M. Stephenson, 80, of Chandler, will be held Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at West Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Evans and Rev. Bob Sexton officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM at Willow Oak Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. A visitation will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Virginia Sue Phelps (Ginny)
November 3, 1944 - March 6, 2017
Virginia Sue Phelps (Ginny), our cherished mother, amazing Mimi, teacher, daughter, sister and friend, went home to be with the Lord on March 6th, 2017 at her daughter's home in Sherman, Texas. She was born on November 3, 1944 to Pete and Linda Daniel and was a graduate of Sunset High School and the University of North Texas. She moved to Chandler where she and her family were quickly embraced by the United Methodist Church family and got involved teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. Years later, she continued her journey to Chandler First Assembly where she taught and helped in the nursery, Missionettes, Sunday School and Kids Ministry, and she touched many lives. Ginny loved to teach. She taught at Chandler Elementary and Chandler Intermediate School and retired after 35 years of teaching and became a member of Delta Kappa Gamma (for retired teachers). After she retired, she became a substitute teacher in various schools as often as she could. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July of 2014 and continued as a substitute teacher until November of 2016. Teaching and her love of family, friends and the Lord were her driving forces in life.
Ginny is preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Linda Daniel, her brother Peter Daniel, her sister Barbara Brinick and brother-in-law Steve Brinick, and her brother-in-law Charles Goode. Ginny is survived by her son, Brian Phelps and his wife Sherry, and daughter, Heather Rains and her husband Wallace; She is survived by her grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah and Karah Rains and her grand animals, Frodo, Bristol, Rylie, Boogie and Misty... whom she loved very much. She is also survived by her siblings Linda Goode, and Ted Daniel and his wife Janet, and many precious nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Ginny requested that school supplies be donated in her honor to Chandler Elementary (615 Broad Street, Chandler, TX 75758) and Chandler Intermediate School (22250 Barron Drive, Chandler, TX 75758) to help those children in need each year.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11th at Chandler First Assembly located at 840 Broad Street, Chandler, TX 75758. The memorial service begins at 11am and the visitation at 10am. Rev. Mark Fulks and Rev. Wallace Rains will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Zachary Fusilier, Brandon Fusilier, Cameron Fusilier, Daniel Brinick and Ben Brinick. Honorary Pallbearers will be Joe Beam, Sam Pollard, Lin Lindsey, Morris Taylor and James Thomison.
Zelma Ruth Snow
August 26, 1927 - March 1, 2017
Zelma Ruth (Martin) Snow, 89, of Chandler, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from Alzheimer’s. She was born August 27, 1927, on the family farm near Gainesville, Texas, to Charley Magne Martin and Maggie Lucretia Driver. Zelma was the youngest in a family of ten children.
Zelma met the love of her life, Willie Ray (Bill) Snow, when she was just 14. He left for college, then WWII, and they fell in love by mail. They married on May 6, 1945, and enjoyed just shy of 72 years of the most remarkable marriage in the history of the world. Words cannot describe their love and commitment, rather than to say that Zel & Bill were two halves of a whole. She was so proud of their children, Carolyn Ruth West and husband Tim, Joe Ray Snow and wife Laura, Glenda Kay Snow, and Gary Neal Snow and wife Karen. In addition, Zel & Bill cherished 7 grandchildren and 14 great- grandchildren. She and Bill were the last survivors of their big families, so have been considered heads of the Snow and Martin clans for many years. They cherished each of their many nieces and nephews and greats, and hosted many memorable family reunions.
While Zelma’s primary legacy is LOVE, she made her mark in so many ways. She created a warm, beautiful and welcoming home, where she always declared, “the more the merrier,” embracing others for a meal or a move-in! It always sparkled at holidays, as she possessed a creative, artistic flair. Dedicated to her husband, her family & friends, her church and community, civic contributions were too numerous to list. She passionately enjoyed music, flowers, hosting get-togethers, cooking, playing games and growing things. They traveled extensively and enjoyed RV camping. She was skilled in business, excelling as proprietor of florist and wedding businesses through the years. Zel made life fun for everybody. She enjoyed great love and success and a long and happy life filled with rich relationships with many close friends. She will always be remembered with great love and admiration by all who knew her.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to the staff of Chandler Nursing Center, Harbor Hospice, and First United Methodist Church of Chandler, where she was a member since 1994.
Margaret Elizabeth Jobe
April 2, 1957 - February 26, 2017
Services for Margaret Elizabeth Jobe, 59, of Chandler, are scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM at West Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Evans officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jobe passed away February 26, 2017 in Tyler. She was born April 2, 1957 in Houston to the late Joseph Valentine Turnbo and Melba Margaret Hacket.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, David Wayne Turnbo.
Survivors include husband, Arthur Jobe; children, Jeannie Jobe, Rhonda Castillo and Arthur Jobe, Jr.; siblings, Brenda Allie, Rhonda Leal, Paula Said, Randle Turnbo and Charles Turnbo; numerous grandchildren and one great grandson.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Lawrence W. Talbert
October 7, 1931 - February 18, 2017
Services for Lawrence W. Talbert, 85, of Chandler, are scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Evans officiating. Burial will be in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Talbert passed away February 18, 2017 in Whitehouse. He was born October 7, 1931 in Bearden, Arkansas to the late Walter E. Talbert and Bertha Sorrells. He served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1954, then worked for the Dallas Independent School District.
He is preceded in death by parents, wife, Lydia Talbert, and daughter, Cindy Freeman.
Survivors include daughters, Carol Cantrell and husband Walter of Chandler, Connie Norris and husband James of Garland, sisters, Melvadeen Friday of Florida, Inez Hathaway of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 1-2 PM prior to the service.
Larry Junior Donaldson
January 21, 1953 - February 9, 2017
Graveside services for Larry Junior Donaldson, 64, of Murchison, are scheduled for Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Liberty Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Gail Norine Markgraf
October 2, 1962 - February 12, 2017
Memorial services for Gail Norine Markgraf, 54, of Chandler, are scheduled for Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Mickey Ellis officiating.
Gail passed away February 12, 2017 in Tyler. She was born October 2, 1962 in Glendale, California to Sherman Blakeslee and Joyce Boyd.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Tom Markgraf and mother, Joyce Blakeslee.
Survivors include children, Cody Markgraf of Chandler, Casey Markgraf of Chandler, Katie Markgraf of Tyler, granddaughter, Marissa Markgraf of Tyler, father, Sherman Blakeslee and wife Pat of Lancaster, California, brother, Gary Blakeslee of Colorado, sisters, Patty Rush and husband Marvin of California, Cheryl Winner and husband Keith of Chandler, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Billy Ray Sigman
December 18, 1937 - February 6, 2017
Services for Billy Ray Sigman, 79 of Murchison, are scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Riddle officiating. Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Sigman passed away February 6, 2017 in Athens. He was born December 18, 1937 in Jefferson to Richard Sigman and Cora Belle McIntosh.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include wife, Mary Helen Sigman of Murchison, son, Marty Ray Sigman and wife Linda of Bullard, daughters, Cindy Cay Stepken of Austin, Terri Dueboay and husband Stephan of Commanche, Penni Jean Sferlazza and husband Stephen of Carrollton, sister, Caroline Sue McElvoy of Carrollton, 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Wheeler, Chris Gillispie, Jason Gillispie, Brad Gillispie, Reggie Durham, and Shawn Fulton.
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Naomi Rebekah Knowles
January 24, 1931 - January 25, 2017
Naomi Knowles was born January 24, 1931 to Leonard and Alice Loosier. She passed away January 25, 2017 after a lengthy illness. She lived in Brownsboro most of her life and was faithful to attend the Assembly of God Church in Brownsboro up until her health failed her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold Knowles, and daughter, Reba Baker.
She is survived by her son, Gene Knowles and wife Loretta Pool Knowles, sister, Elsie Defoore and husband, grandsons, David Knowles and wife Tonya Lightle Knowles, Danny Johnson, Brian Johnson and wife Diana Wright Johnson, granddaughters, Christy Baker Price and husband Perry Price, Karolyn Baker Harris, Nichole Johnson Roper, sister-in-law, Mary Fern Wyatt and husband J.D. Wyatt, and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Assembly of God Church in Brownsboro with Bro. Terry Smith officiating.
Coleman Buster Kidd
December 17, 1930 - January 23, 2017
Coleman Buster Kidd, 86, of Chandler, died Monday evening, January 23, 2017 in Tyler, Texas with family by his side. He was born on December 17, 1930 in Brownsboro. He was the son of Coleman and Bertha Kidd.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, January 26, at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Chandler with Rev. David Luckert and Rev. Bryan Harkness officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 25 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
He was raised on a farm near Brownsboro and lived most all of his life in the Chandler/Brownsboro area. He married the love of his life Patsy Moffeit Kidd on October 1, 1949 and together they made a loving home for them and their four children. He was a self employed builder/contractor.
Coleman was preceded in death by his mother and father, Coleman and Bertha Kidd, his precious wife, Patsy Moffeit Kidd, a daughter, Joyce Faye Richardson, and his grandson, Terry Lee Kidd. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Earl, Paul, Neal, Jack, Verdon, Holland, Elton, and Bill Kidd. His sisters, Louise Gideon, Marlene Parker, Era Welch, Johnny Olson, Juanita Strickland, and Evelee Morman.
Mr. Kidd is survived by daughter, Anita Pollard and husband Sam of Chandler, sons, David Kidd and wife Kay of Chandler, Joe Kidd of Chandler, grandchildren, Tracy Delagarza and husband Raul of Chandler, Tammy Kidd of Chandler, Trista Thomison and husband Ty of Chandler, Shanda Booth and husband Tom of Chandler, Lyndie Wangler and husband Chris of Sunnyvale, Coleman R. Kidd and wife Lindy of Bullard, Cody Kidd and wife Elyse of Brownsboro, Landon Kidd of Troup, Samantha Kidd of Chandler, 16 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
He will always be remembered of his infectious smile and his deep love for his family. Rarely was he ever seen without being dressed in his cowboy hat and his well shined boots. This tall handsome cowboy has now gone home to be with his heavenly Father.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, honorary pallbearers are Dan Moffeit, Jim Moffeit, Luster Kidd and Greg Kidd.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to the staff of Dr. Thomas Buzbee, staff of Briarcliff Nursing Home and memory care, and special gratitude to Nicky Black, Michelle Earle, and Anita Anthony.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Chandler Building Fund, 507 N. Broad St., Chandler, TX 75758.
Pauline T. Johnson
October 14, 1921 - January 20, 2017
Long time Chandler resident, Pauline T. Johnson, 95, passed away peacefully January 20, 2017. She was married to H. B. Johnson in 1936. They were married for 54 years. Before retiring and moving to Chandler, she and H. B. lived in Austin TX, they both worked for the State of Texas. Pauline worked in the Comptrollers Office. After moving to Chandler on Lake Palestine, she became very active in the Westside Volunteer Fire Department and God's Open Hands Thrift Store. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, brother-in-law, and her nephew Thomas Steel.
She is survived by several nieces & nephews and many friends.
The family would like to thank, Alice(Bunny) and Jimmy McElyea, her very special friends, for all the love and care they gave her for many years.
Her memorial service will be Monday, January 30th at 10:30 am at the Westside Volunteer Fire Station, 2520 Norris Lane @ FM 315.
In lieu of flowers, the family would ask donations be given to the Westside Volunteer Fire Department LLC, P. O. Box 695, Chandler, TX 75758.
Timothy Wayne Elmore
January 12, 1962 - January 20, 2017
Services for Timothy Wayne Elmore, 55, of Chandler, are scheduled for Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Loyd Uzzell officiating. Burial will be in Ash Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
The blue eyed boy with the constant sparkle in his eyes was born to Jimmy and Linda Kay Elmore on January 12th, 1962 in Dallas, Texas.
Tim is best described as mischievous- always on the move and always into something.
Tim loved the outdoors, fishing, plants, fishing, good food, fishing, good blues music, fishing, mean rock and roll, and of course fishing. Just the mention of a fishing adventure, and Tim's eyes lit up like a Roman candle.
Tim was predeceased in life by his mother, Linda Kay Thompson and his son Jimmy Elmore. Also by his grandparents, Jim and Ruby Elmore and James and Clara Thompson.
Tim's survivors include two daughters, Cera Effie Elmore (his pride and joy) and Jennifer Elmore of Virginia. Parents, Jimmy and Kathi Elmore and siblings Frankie Elmore, Melissa Cruz and Shannon Ketner.
Tim's survivors also include numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and countless special friends.
In remembrance of Tim's very special life the family asks that each of you take time to honor his life by having a special meal to include pinto beans, seafood, something with chili or possibly even a Whataburger. Listen to some BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn or The Beatles. Then, with the time remaining in your day, grab a pole and go fishing. And please, as you sit there waiting for that tug on your line - take a special few minutes to think about Tim and how he shared a special part in your life.
Loyd Dell Edwards, Sr.
December 6, 1934 - January 19, 2017
Services for Loyd Dell Edwards, Sr., 82, of Murchison, are scheduled for Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Barton’s Chapel Assembly of God in Murchison with Pastor Terry Thomison officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Brownsboro under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Edwards passed away January 19, 2017 in Murchison. He was born December 6, 1934 in Murchison to Elvie Boyd Edwards and Ovie (Cloud) Edwards. Loyd spent 29 years as a machinist for Kelly Springfield/Goodyear and was a proud member of the Steelworker’s Union. He spent his entire life as a member of Barton’s Chapel Assembly of God. He was a selfless man who loved his wife and children dearly, and adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by parents; brothers, Haston Edwards, Waymon Edwards, Charles Maynard Edwards; and granddaughter, Kelsie Edwards Raulston.
Survivors include wife of 57 years, Betty Jewel (Olson) Edwards; brothers, Earl Edwards, Elton Edwards; children, Loyd Edwards, Jr. and wife Stephanie, Garry Edwards and wife Heidi, Chris Edwards, Robin Williams and husband David; grandchildren, Danica Edwards, Jesse Edwards, Chloe Edwards, Lonnie Edwards, Jared Edwards, Brittany Hampton, Bradley Edwards, Valerie Edwards Walker, Makayla Edwards, Krista Edwards, James Kapule, Melinda Kapule, Lisa Chapell; great grandchildren, Zadie, Zoey, Jaxton, Danica, Cierra, J.T., Addison, Kayden, Binne, Rosaleigh, and Jacob.
Pallbearers will be Lonnie Edwards, Jared Edwards, Bradley Edwards, Jesse Edwards, Kenny Edwards, and John Raulston.
Visitation will be Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.
Jap McDonald Due
February 7, 1923 - January 6, 2017
Jap McDonald Due, 93, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, TX. He was born February 7, 1923 to Ed and Mina Due in Groveton, TX.
Jap served proudly in the Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War. He earned a master’s degree in agriculture and taught at Sam Houston and Tyler Junior College. Jap was later employed by Purina and Swift Feeds, where he spent the majority of his career. He raised his family in Terrell, TX and spent his final years living in Chandler, TX. He loved his family and enjoyed being around people every chance he had.
Survivors include his son Randy Due and wife Julie of Chandler; seven grandchildren, Brad, Jennifer, Kelsey, Kyle, Lacie, Jacob and Hannah, along with their families; brother, Max Due and wife Wanda, as well as many nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife June Due; son, Roger Due; his parents; his grandparents; and sisters, Mamie Due and Bee Hughes.
A graveside memorial for family and friends will be held at Campground Cemetery in Terrell, TX on January 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM.
Charles Sidney Cade
January 25, 1937 - January 3, 2017
Charles Sidney Cade passed away peacefully in Chandler, Texas on January 3, 2017, after a long difficult battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Charles was born at home in Chandler, Texas on January 25, 1937 to AD and Opal Ellis Cade.
Soon after his birth, his mother died due to complications of the birth and thereafter, he was raised in a loving home by his grandparents, Mant and Malisa Ellis. Charles grew up in Chandler and attended Chandler High School where he gained a love for basketball. It was in the high school years that he met and soon married the love of his life, Velma Smith.
He achieved a degree from Tyler Junior College Technical School and later opened Cade Home Appliance in Chandler, Texas. Charles had a steadfast relationship with Jesus Christ. He was committed to his church, friends, and community. He loved hunting, camping, and fishing with his family and friends. Charles’ greatest love was his wife, Velma, and his family whom he cherished.
Charles’ life was an example of service and sacrifice for others. He served as a loving husband and father, sacrificing his needs for the family. One of his proudest achievements was seeing all his children graduate from the University of Texas. He served as a dedicated member of Pleasant Retreat Methodist Church for over 50 years where he served as a board member, choir member, Methodist Men member, and MYF leader. Charles served his community as a founder and board member of the Dixie Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Chandler Masonic Lodge serving as Worshipful Master, a former member of the Chandler Lions Club, a founder and board member of Chandler Library, founding member and co-BBQ chef of the Chandler Pow Wow. He also served as member and contributor of the Chandler Historical Society and officer of the Chandler Cemetery Association. Charles loved serving his clients as a fair and honest businessman, often giving of his time and service to the less fortunate. Charles was an example of overcoming a difficult beginning and a life well lived and the positive impact a life of service can have on his loved ones and community.
Charles is survived by Velma, his wife of 59 years, daughter, Lisa Hargrave and her husband James (Bo) Hargrave, son, Charles S. Cade, Jr. (Chuck) and his wife Catherine, son, William S. Cade (Bill) and his wife Patty. He is also survived by grandchildren, Sheyenne Hargrave, Holly Hargrave, Haily Woods and husband, Joshua Woods, Jessica Cade, Billy Cade, and Cathy Cade. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Opal and AD Cade, brother and sister in law, Freddie and Janice Cade, mother in law and father in law, Ruby and Guy Smith, and his brother in law and friend, Jack Jones.
Visitation will be held at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home on January 8th from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas on January 9th at 2:00 pm. Burial will be at Chandler Cemetery in Chandler, Texas. Pallbearers will be Sheyenne Hargrave, Billy Cade, Glen Cade, David Jones, Tom Jones, and Christian Chavanne. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Cade, Josh Cade, Austin Cade, Zach Hill, Marco Chavanne, and Allen Pollard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant Retreat UMC Land Fund, 417 CR 1143, Tyler, Texas 75704, Chandler Historical Society, P.O. Box 63, Chandler, Texas 75758, or to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.
Edith Ellen Onieda Stewart
June 27, 1930 - January 2, 2017
Graveside services for Edith Ellen Onieda Stewart, 86, formerly of Kilgore, are scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Edith passed away January 2, 2017 in Rogers, Arkansas. She was born in Malvern Arkansas, the daughter of Benjamin and Jessie Mae Stewart, on June 27, 1930. Her parents were hard working people and Edith was the baby child. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Benjamin Franklin Stewart, Jr. and Coleman Mitchell Stewart, and a sister, Lucille Marie Stewart Lavender. Edith married the love of her life Clarence Edwin Otts on October 8th, 1950. Ed died October 23, 2004. Edith was a daughter, sister, wife and mother. She was a homemaker, secretary, florist, and was the life of her families.
Edith leaves three children, Allan Edwin Otts (Carol Pennybaker Otts), Patricia Ann Otts Free-Walker (Michael Walker), and Susan Carol Otts Hart (Kenneth Randal Hart). She also has seven grandchildren, Rodney Bryan Free, Daniel Jacob Hart, Heather Amanda Free-Stewart (Shane Stewart), Christopher Allan Otts (Janille Otts), Nicholas Allan Otts, Nathanal Grant B.E. Hart (Paige Hart), and Sarah Ann Free-Blood (Jason Blood). She is also survived by 18 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 4, 2016 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Verna Louise Callaway
January 8, 1921 - November 28, 2016
Services for Verna Louise Callaway, 95, of Brownsboro, are scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Chandler with Rev. Bryan Harkness officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Ms. Callaway passed away November 28, 2016 in Chandler. She was born January 8, 1921 in Chatfield to James Robert Callaway and Verna Maude Peacock. She raised cattle as well as chickens, selling eggs door to door. She loved children and enjoyed reading to them.
She is survived by nephews, Robert Callaway and wife Ruthie of Brownsboro, Harold Callaway and wife Grace of Brownsboro, Ret. Lt. Col. Eric Callaway and wife Linda of Brownsboro, Jim Callaway and wife Shawnee of Walla Walla, Washington, niece, Martha Isitt and husband of Walla Walla, Washington, and a number of great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Vernon Charles Jackson
April 10, 1936 - October 29, 2016
Memorial services for Vernon Charles Jackson, 80, of Chandler are scheduled for Saturday, November 5th at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Chandler with Pastor Bryan Harkness officiating. Interment Memorial is scheduled for December 3rd, at 2:00 PM at New Emmaus Baptist Church in Troup.
Vernon passed away October 29, 2016 in Bonham. He was born April 10, 1936 in El Dorado, Kansas to Cliff and Minnie (Kerr) Jackson. One of 13 children, he was widowed and his wife Thetis Jackson passed away in March 2016. They were married 59 years. Vernon graduated from El Dorado High School in 1954. He lettered in baseball, wrestling, tumbling and track. After graduation, he joined the Air Force and served four years. He was also a graduate of El Dorado Junior College and the University of Houston. He was a devout in his faith and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Chandler.
Vern raised three daughters. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are: daughter, Sharon Jackson Mayville of Tyler, and grandson, Dylan Mayville; daughter, Donna Jackson Wells and husband Jimmy Wells of Chandler, grandchildren, Andrew Kingsley and Audra West, and great grandchildren, Taylor Kingsley, Darrin Kingsley and Harlow West Buchanan; daughter, Brenda Jackson of Centerton, Arkansas, grandchildren, Sarah Tomlin and husband Rocky of Whitehouse, great grandchildren, Jackson and Maxwell Tomlin, grandchild, Christina Rocko and wife Brianna of Fayetteville, Arkansas, grandchild, Annabelle Seitz of Tyler, great grandchild, Ryder Seitz. Surviving siblings are Helen Marley and husband Don of Houston, Larry Jackson of Odessa, Orval Jackson and wife Nancy of Tampa, Florida, and numerous nieces nephews and extended family throughout the United States.
Janice Lynne Skelton
September 21, 1958 - October 18, 2016
Services for Janice Lynne Skelton, 58, of Chandler, are scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Ed Finton officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 AM prior to the service.
Jack David Jones
October 17, 1935 - October 16, 2016
Graveside services for Jack David Jones, 80, of Chandler, are scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Cemetery with Dr. Stan Copeland officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Mr. Jones passed away October 16, 2016 in Tyler. He was born October 17, 1935 in Chandler. He loved to travel in his motor home.
He is preceded in death by parents, Iza Jones and Frances Susan (Newsome) Jones, son, Robert Allen Jones, brother, Leo Jones, and sister, Joy Clark.
Survivors include wife of 61 years, Thelma Jones of Chandler, sons, Guy David Jones of Chandler, Thomas Lee Jones and wife Becky of Chandler, daughter-in-law, Amy Jones of Rowlett, grandchildren, Jack David Jones of Dallas, Russell Duane Jones and wife April of Van, Tracie Montgomery and husband Bryan of Chandler, Parker Ann Jones of Chicago, and six great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Russell Jones, Jack Jones, Bryan Montgomery, Kim Boyd, Chuck Cade, Billy Cade, Charles Oliver, and Bo Hargrave. Honorary pallbearers will be Jay Mills, Mike Jones, Christopher Jones, and Charles Cade.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chandler Historical Society, P.O. Box 63, Chandler, Texas 75758.
Lawrence Dale Woolverton
October 30, 1934 - September 4, 2016
Lawrence Dale Woolverton, 81, of Chandler, went to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, September 4th, 2016.
Dale was born October 30, 1934 to Clarence Woolverton and Verdi Balckwell in Phalby, Texas. Dale was a resident of Lubbock, Texas for most of his life. This is where he raised his family and owned his own used car business for 21 years. He resided in Chandler for the past 26 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nita of 61 years and his children, his daughter Kim Melot of Gladewater, his son Dean Woolverton of Amarillo, his daughter Becky Woldert and her husband Jack of Lindale, his daughter Melinda Woolverton of Lubbock, his son Glenn of Utah, his daughter Donna Pierce and her husband Jeff of Plano, and one sister, Joyce Curry of San Marcos. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and many great grand-children. Mr. Woolverton was preceded in death by his oldest son, Terry Woolverton.
The family is deeply appreciate of Dr. Jeffery Carr and his staff and the Renal Care Center for the medical services provided for Mr. Woolverton.
A memorial will be held on October 1st, 2016 at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. A private burial will be held in Lubbock. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Texas Kidney Foundation.
Bro. L.C. Frater
August 30, 1920 - September 16, 2016
Homegoing services for Bro. L.C. Frater, 96, of Chandler, are scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Faith Tabernacle Church of Deliverance with Supt. Rickey Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Community Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Bro. L.C. Frater was born August 30, 1920 in Moore Station, Texas to James and Ardecia Frater. On January 3, 1946, he married the former Essie Lee Johnson and later the former Mae Helen Waters. Both preceded him in death.
He served in the United States Army during WWII and pastored the House of Prayer Church in Athens, Texas for more than forty years.
He leaves to cherish his memories two daughters Deborah and Hannah Frater, Mesquite, Texas; two grandsons, Dejuan and Aaron Frater, one great-grand son, Isaiah Frater, and his sister Bertha (Peter) Smith of Mineola, Texas.
Graveside services for Gary and Nicola Haley, of Larue, are scheduled for Friday, September 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM at Mountainview Cemetery in Mountainview, Oklahoma. Burial will be under the direction of Ray and Martha’s Funeral Home. Mr. and Mrs. Haley passed away on August 26, 2016.
Gary Allyn Haley was born on November 14, 1941 in Mountainview, Oklahoma to the late Dan E. Haley and Leola Dale Bigbie. He served in the United States Air Force from 1960-1964. He spent a career as a corporate pilot for Mobil Oil Company. Survivors include sons, Greg Haley of Larue, Jeff Haley of Missoula, Montana, brother, Kendall Haley, Wendell Haley, Randall Haley, sisters, Joaquin Wilson, Daneill Rogers, and nine grandchildren.
Nicola Denise Haley was born on October 3, 1950 in Ft. Worth to the late Edward Stuard and Lula Mae Smith. Survivors include daughter, Lyla Lane of Oak Grove, Missouri, step-sons, Greg Haley of Larue, Jeff Haley of Missoula, Montana, brother, John Kiber of Tucson, Arizona, sisters, Donna Mullins of Norman, Oklahoma, Deb Kirshner of Bellevue, Nebraska, Mindy Lovell of Rockwall, and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for the Haley’s at their home, 20027 Pinewilde Road, Larue, Texas 75770 on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM.
Virginia Ann Houchen
February 26, 1938 - August 22, 2016
Graveside services for Virginia Ann Houchen, 78, of Brownsboro, are scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Echols Cemetery on Jennings Mountain in Brownsboro with Jordan Blair officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Houchen passed away August 22, 2016 in Chandler. She was born February 26, 1938 to the late Lamar Matthews and Ella Frances Speer. She retired from Trane in Tyler as a line worker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William Houchen, children, Larry Roberts and Linda Huff, and three siblings.
Survivors include brother, Jerry Wayne Matthews of Sachse, sisters, Sharon Tharp of Brownsboro, Yvonne Smith of Tyler, two grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Oneta Geddie Cason
May 12, 1924 - August 11, 2016
Services for Oneta Geddie Cason, 92, of Chandler, are scheduled for Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 2:30 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with David Cason officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Oneta Geddie Cason passed away August 11, 2016 in Chandler. She was born to William Robert and Rosie Anna Geddie on May 12, 1924. She had six siblings who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Boyce, a grandson and two great-grandchildren.
As a young wife and mother, Oneta Geddie Cason became a born-again believer. From the day she accepted Christ as her Savior, till the end of her life, she followed the command of our Lord found in Matthew 22:36-39, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.” Her love for Christ was seen on her face and in her beautiful eyes. Oneta shared the love commanded by Christ to children and adults in her community, church and family.
From the union of Boyce and Oneta there were four children: Terrie Brummett (Greg), David Cason (Jeanne), Mark Cason (Audrey), and Debbie Cason. She has eight grandchildren: John Cason (Nicole), Jody Cason (Erin), Jeremy Cason (Macy), Chad Osborne (Tracie), Brad Osborne (Julie), Josh Cason, Shanna Cason, and Jeff Brummett (Emily). She has 17 great-grandchildren. She also has numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 1:30 PM until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Concord Baptist Church Building Fund, 14742 FM 2010, Chandler, Texas 75758.
Services for Vera Ann Peden Williams, 70, of Chandler are scheduled for Monday, July 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Bristow officiating. Inurnment will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Ms. Williams passed away July 20, 2016 in Chandler. She was born February 22, 1946 in Gilmer to Travis Blasingame and Helen Lawings.
Survivors include son, Kirk Peden of Austin, daughter, Misty Peden-Bean of Chandler, sister, Jenny Rose of Tyler, grandchildren, Presley Bean, Paris Miller, Camryn Peden, Carly Peden, and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Audrey Christine (Wyatt) Metcalfe
August 14, 1935 - July 17, 2016
Services for Audrey Christine (Wyatt) Metcalfe, 80, of Mineola are scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Bristow officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Metcalfe passed away July 17, 2016 in Quitman. She was born August 14, 1935 in Brownsboro to the late Grady Jerome Wyatt and Essie Ann (Dean) Wyatt. She spent her childhood attending Calvery Baptist Church of Brownsboro and was an excellent seamstress.
Survivors include husband James B. Metcalfe of Mineola, sons, Ray Lynn Whitehead of California, Lee Whitehead of Winnie, brother, J.D. Wyatt of Tyler, sisters, Ruth Ann Herriage of Athens, Mary Fayrene Edwards and husband Elton of Longview, Mildred Smyth of Tyler, and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Charles Earl "Bo" Chambers
September 10, 1938 - June 23, 2016
Charles Earl “Bo” Chambers, 77 years old, passed away on June 23, 2016 in Tyler, TX after a lengthy illness. He fought a long and hard fight and until the end he would tell his family that he loved them.
He was a hard worker, a good provider for his family, a loving husband and father. He will be dearly missed by his family.
Visitation will be at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Thomas Saali officiating. Burial will follow at Rock Hill Cemetery.
Bo was born in Mansfield, TX to Earl and Irma Chambers on September 10, 1938. He went to school in Mansfield and lived most of his life there before moving to Brownsboro, TX in 1983. He married Bobbie Ann Simmons on November 10, 1957 and the two became inseparable. Together they had three children. He was a brick mason by trade and helped to build many fine homes in the Mansfield and Arlington areas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother James Henry “Jelly” Chambers. Sisters, Goldie Ruth “Lady” Watson and Thelma Chambers.
He is survived by his wife Bobbie of Brownsboro, TX, daughter, Mary McAda (Larry) of Midlothian, TX, sons, Charles Michael Chambers and Mark Steven Chambers, both of Arlington, TX. Brother, Robert Harold “Judge” Chambers (Edna) of Grand Prairie, TX. Brother in laws, Billy Simmons (Judy) of Brownsboro, TX, Jimmy Simmons (Pam) of Tyler, TX, sister in law, Rai Harvey (Randy) of Chandler, TX. Five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Simmons, Drew Harvey, Cole Chambers, Larry Chambers, Randy Chambers, and Mike Pauly. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Chambers and Mark Chambers.
The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at Hospice of East Texas for all their services.
Alice Sherry Longstreet
May 1, 1928 - May 29, 2016
Services for Alice Sherry Longstreet, 88, of Chandler, are scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Sexton officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9:00AM - 2:00PM at the funeral home.
Alice Sherry Longstreet, the fifth child born to Lura Mae Harris and Rufus Alonzo Hartis on May 1, 1928, a self educated, clever, strong willed, positive, gracious, lover of music and stories, with a great sense of humor, wit, and linguistic play, who could hear through walls and whose only discipline to her children was the notorious “PINCH”, died in her sleep at age 88 at Colonial Oaks in Houston, Texas.
Sherry was preceded in death by two husbands, Bruce Gertsma, and Allen Longstreet, her daughter Judy Gertsma, and her partner of thirty five years, Larry Dean Hare. She is survived by daughter Linda Longstreet, of Mill Valley, California, daughter Kathy Gertsma, of Vallejo, California, son John Longstreet of Houston, Texas, son David Longstreet of Austin, Texas, and sister Betty Mayfield, of Rusk, Texas, along with four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Sherry was born during the Great Depression to a mother who lost her husband when Sherry was ten years of age. Her mother worked day and night to provide for her family of six children who were taught to obey and take care of each other. Sherry retained those values, invested in life and it paid her back. In her gathering age, she felt she had done her job and decided to peacefully retire and leave us without the pleasure of her company.
Sherry was the best mother, a resilient warm hearted person who loved life and people. She conquered hardships, remaining strong and gracious, but was overcome with a type of dementia she was not able to survive. We cherish the moments we had with her amidst the fields of gold. She was a strong woman who gave her all. May she rest in peace and be loved by all who knew her.
Graveside services for Bernice Mary Kuester, 88, of Tyler, are scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Pleasant Retreat Cemetery with Rod Moore officiating. Burial will be under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
Ms. Kuester passed away May 28, 2016 in Tyler. She was born January 3, 1928 in Sugar City, Colorado.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Simon August Kuester and Wilhemena Johanna (Bauer) Kuester, siblings, Charlotte Peterson, Elvin Kuester, Selma Wiles, and Carl Kuester, brother-in-law, Dale Peterson, and nephew, Kenneth Peterson.
Survivors include niece, Carol Ferrell Moore and husband Rod of Tyler, grand-dachshund “Pepper”, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.