Obituaries

Leota W. Arthur

February 21, 1939 - October 14, 2017

Services for Leota W. Arthur, 78, of Chandler, are scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 2:30 PM at Lake Palestine United Methodist Church with Rev. Brooks Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Arthur passed away October 14, 2017 in Tyler. She was born February 21, 1939 in Elk City, OK to the late Lanny and Clementine Weatherly.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Floyd Arthur, Jr.; brother, Lanny Orin Weatherly; and a sister, Rosalie Doucette.

Survivors include son, Robert F. Arthur, III of Chandler; daughters, Terri Lynn Harris of Amarillo, Tammy Lou Hughey of Chandler, Tracie Lois Timmons and husband Steve of Wheeler; brothers, Johnny Weatherly and wife Rose of Albuquerque, NM, Jimmy Weatherly and wife Judy of Montgomery; sisters, Pat Howard and husband Les of Pampa, Kay Roberson and husband Joe of Houston, Susie Bell Johnson and husband Phil of Edmond, OK; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Palestine United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Olen Lee Barnett

April 21, 1930 - October 14, 2017

Services for Olen Lee Barnett, 87, of Chandler, are scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM at First Assembly of God in Brownsboro with Pastor Terry Nesmith officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Olen Lee Barnett was born April 21, 1930 in Graham, TX to Clarence Henderson Barnett and Epsie Iona Davis. He lived in Graham until moving to Whitehouse at the age of 17 with his family. In June 1950, he was wed to the late Patsy Helen Jones. He was employed with the City of Tyler at the city garage and later with the Tyler Water Department. In 1956, he was employed by the Richardson Company where he served as Union President until 1970. From 1962-1966, he also served Whitehouse, TX as their City Marshall.

In 1970, he was employed by the Texas Employment Commission in Tyler and was later transferred to Athens where he was supervisor until he retired in 1992.

He graduated from Tyler Junior College and East Texas State University in Commerce with a Masters Degree in Business. He also served his country in the Army Reserves during the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Joyce Duggan, by son-in-law, Rex Shirley, and daughter-in-law, Kaye Barnett.

He is survived by his wife, Nelda Horton Barnett, one brother, Gilbert Barnett of Clifton, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Dickie and Carolyn Barnett, Daniel and Julie Barnett, one daughter, Patti Shirley, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, his beloved dog, Trixie Bell, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Shirley, Erik Loggins, Cody Ferrell, Robert Trevino, Landon Nesmith and Mike Scott. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Adams, Richard Adams, Todd Hatton, Todd Worthy, Gary Barnett and Greg Barnett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of East Texas.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Margie Loraine Epperson

April 23, 1923 - October 5, 2017

Margie Loraine Epperson, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 5, 2017. She was born April 23, 1923 in Irving, Texas, the daughter of Dewey and Lucy (Roseberry) Jernigan. 

Margie was a member of Leagueville Baptist Church for 52 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister to her family. She was an industrious person whose hands were always busy. During World War II, she was a Rosie Riveter. As a mother and grandmother, she enjoyed sewing, crocheting and quilting for her family and friends. She will always be remembered for her delicious chicken and dressing that she would bring to family occasions, and her quick wit and sense of humor. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. 

Margie was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Nolan Dement, Phil Conner and Clark Epperson; brother, Charles Jernigan; sister, Dorothy Edwards; sons, Lew and Nolan Dement; and great grandson, Nathan Conner.

Survivors are her sons, Steve Conner and wife Karen of Brownsboro, Pat Conner and wife Pris of Longview; daughter, Vicki Taylor and husband Bill of Larue; daughter-in-law, Barbara Dement of San Antonio; brother, Bud Jernigan of Irving; grandchildren, Stacy, Dan, Jennifer and Katy Dement, Chris and Todd Dement, Becky LaSalles, James, Phillip and Randall Conner, Mike, Perry and Josie Conner, Jaalla Weir and Josh Rollins, Cassie Kirkley, 27 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and nephews and nieces.

The family requests that donations be made to Hospice of East Texas Foundation at 4111 Spur 248, Tyler, Texas 75701 or by phone, 903-266-3400.

Services will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Leagueville Baptist Church with Bro. James Conner and Bro. Phillip Conner officiating, and Randall Conner providing special music. Visitation will be from 10-11 AM at the church. Burial will be in Leagueville Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.



Marjorie Christine Thompson Dailey

December 26, 1936 - September 30, 2017

Services for Marjorie Dailey will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 10:00 AM at Rock Hill Baptist Church, Brownsboro with her son, Pastor David Thompson officiating.

Marjorie was born December 26, 1936 in Tyler, Texas and passed away September 30, 2017 in Chandler. She was a member at Opelika Baptist Church.

She was a long time resident of Chandler and lived the last 4 years of her life at Chandler Nursing Center. Many may remember her as the manager of Chandler’s first Dairy Queen. She retired from Caldwell Zoo in Tyler.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband Jasper Dailey and two daughters, Jana Freeman and Debra Boyd.  Her survivors include her son, David Thompson and wife Donna of Schulenburg, Texas; daughters, Sheila Laymance and husband Stanley of Brownsboro, Shirley Parmer and husband Delmon of Chandler and Gale Suggs and husband James of Chandler; stepson, Bill Dailey and wife Pam of Athens; stepdaughters, Louise Golden and husband Jimmy of Tyler, Lena Daily of Murchison, Quida Melton and husband Dwayne of Corsicana and Lucy Bragg and husband David of Murchison; 60 grandchildren and 14 step-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Venable and wife Jane of San Angelo; sisters, Jean Corley of San Angelo, Jane Wilha and husband Conal of San Angelo and June Valliere and husband Bob of Chandler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Joey Costlow, Samuel Laymance, Scotty Laymance, Shane Parmer, Brady Thompson, Chandler Thompson, Ruston Thompson, Jereomy Boyd, Jim Suggs, Matthew Suggs and Andrew Suggs

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery in Chandler under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.


Joy Dent Sasek

July 14, 1928 - September 27, 2017

Graveside services for Joy Dent Sasek, 89, of Tyler, are scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Cemetery. Burial will be under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sasek passed away September 27, 2017 in Tyler. She was born July 14, 1928 in Moore. Joy loved her family and always looked forward to the “Dent” family reunions. She also loved playing cards, watching the birds on her feeder and the Texas sunsets.

She is preceded in death by parents, Russell and Beulah Dent; husband of 40 years, Clement Sasek; four sisters and one brother; and a son, Gary Bishop. 

Survivors include daughters, Brenda Spangler of Tyler and Sue Peterson of Merritt Island, Florida; and a sister, Nelda Pullen. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of East Texas.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 9-11AM at the funeral home.



James W. Spearman

January 30, 1942 - September 27, 2017

James W. Spearman, 75, of Chandler, passed away September 27, 2017 in Chandler. He was born January 30, 1942 in Rockwall County, Texas to Ira Oscar Spearman and Thelma Beatrice (Lambert) Spearman.

He is preceded in death by father, Ira Oscar Spearman; brother, Jimmy Lee Spearman; and wife, Connie Spearman. He served in the United States Navy and spent a career as a welder.

Survivors include mother, Thelma Beatrice Spearman of Tyler; and brothers, Herbert Dean Spearman and wife Betty of Chandler, Ira Robert Spearman of Chandler, Gerald Edward Spearman of Chandler, Charles Loyd Spearman and wife Dorothy of Chandler, and Johnny Lee Spearman of Chandler.


Mary Lee Adams

September 22, 1951 - September 22, 2017

Graveside services for Mary Lee Adams, 66, of Dallas, are scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Retreat Cemetery. Burial will be under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Adams passed away September 22, 2017 in Dallas. She was born September 22, 1951 in Chandler.

She is preceded in death by husband, Samuel Adams, Sr.; parents, Calvin and Sybil English; and sisters, Bettie Phillips and Sandy Bowers.

Survivors include son, Samuel Adams, Jr. and Kiamisha Jones of Dallas; daughters, Connie Kilgore and Clint of Tyler, Elizabeth Wyatt of Kaufman; brothers, Willis English of Mt. Pleasant, Buster Edward English and Carolyn of Mt. Pleasant; sisters, Kittie Nail of Newton, Lyndia Morgan of Kerrville, Annie McQuigg of Tyler; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.