Obituaries

James Preston Armstrong

February 27, 1927 - April 9, 2018

Services for James Preston Armstrong, 91, of Tyler, are scheduled for Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM at The Lord’s House in Tyler with Pastor Samuel Priddy officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Athens under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Armstrong passed away April 9, 2018 in Tyler. He was born February 27, 1927 in Marshall. He served in the United States Army during WWII and later worked as a railroad mechanic.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Cynthia Armstrong; wife, Esther (Patton) Armstrong; daughter, Cynthia J. Allen; great grandson, Samuel T. Moore; siblings, Kathryn Armstrong, Albert Armstrong, George Armstrong, Marie Simmons, Elizabeth Savell; and children, Robert Lee Armstrong, Roy Lee Armstrong and Edwin Albert Armstrong.

Survivors include wife, Texie Armstrong of Chandler; daughter, Patricia Tatom and best friend Alan Crosier of Stanford, Kentucky; sons, Daniel L. Armstrong and spouse Patricia of Georgetown, Darrell Armstrong of Tyler; son, Leslie Thompson and spouse Latricia of Lubbock; brothers, A.R. Armstrong and spouse Marynan of Carthage, Freddie Lee Armstrong and spouse May of Longview, Herbert Ray Armstrong and spouse Patsy of Beckville; sister, Mary June Grasffi and spouse B.J. of Houston; nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Hospice- Tyler, 727 East Front Street, Suite 100, Tyler, TX 75702.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Charles A. Blaylock

April 28, 1937 - March 23, 2018

Services for Charles A. Blaylock, 80, previously of Chandler, are scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Blaylock passed away March 23, 2018 in Saginaw. He was born April 28, 1937 in Dallas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Josephine Blaylock; and his beloved wife, Betty Blaylock.

Survivors include daughter, Susan Tucker and husband Michael; son, David Blaylock and wife Julie; grandchildren, Kristi Spencer and husband Sean, Jarett Stephenson and wife Minta, Lindsay Andrews and husband Blake, Brandon Blaylock and wife Heather, Candace Nichols and husband John; and great grandchildren, Haley, Avery, Luke, Taylor, Kaleb, Payton, Aubrey, Harper, Dylan, Kayden and Levi.


Joseph Douglas Gentry

December 17, 1990 - March 9, 2018

Services for Joseph Douglas Gentry, 27, of Brownsboro, are scheduled for Monday, March 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Gray officiating. Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Joseph passed away March 9, 2018 in Brownsboro. He was born December 17, 1990 in Athens. He graduated from Brownsboro High School in 2010. He worked as a construction helper and joined the Brownsboro Fire Department in 2010, where he served until his death.

Joseph was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Joe Andrews, Weaver Herriott and Wesley Gentry.

He is survived by his mother, Angela Gentry of Brownsboro; father, Douglas Gentry of Athens; step-father, Mark Passons of Brownsboro; sister, Jayme Trussell of Scottsboro, AL; grandmothers, Betty Herriott of Murchison, Liz Gentry of Athens; and numerous aunt, uncles, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Larry Passons, Jr., Jeffrey Passons, Mark Passons, Aron Penrod, James Osborne and Timothy Gregory. Honorary pallbearers will be the Brownsboro Fire Department and Shane House.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 3-5 PM at the funeral home.


James Howard Rockwell, Sr.

February 27, 1939 - February 27, 2018

Services for James Howard Rockwell, Sr., 79, of Chandler, are scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Rockwell passed away February 27, 2018 in Chandler. He was born February 27, 1939 in Smithville, Kentucky. 

He is preceded in death by parents, James and Naomi Rockwell; and grandchildren, Kristi Rockwell and Jeremy Rockwell.

Survivors include wife of 56 years, Roberta Rockwell; sons, James H. Rockwell, Jr. and Susan Jesse, and Edward and Gina Rockwell; grandchildren, Joshua Rockwell, Aaron Rockwell, Logan Rockwell, Tabitha Rockwell, Brock Rockwell and Jordan Rockwell; great grandchildren, Slayde Rockwell, Ethan Rockwell, Brynlee Rockwell and Keaton Rockwell; and siblings, Bobby Rockwell and Edmond and Ruth Jane Rockwell.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.


Raphel "Rafe" Duane Hargett

June 25, 1963 - February 20, 2018

Services for Raphel “Rafe” Duane Hargett, 54, of Chandler, are scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Martin Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Josh Smiley officiating. Burial will be in Rock Hill Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Rafe passed away February 20, 2018 in Houston. He was born June 25, 1963 in Key West, Florida. 

He is preceded in death by father, Leo Hargett; sister, Beverley Murphree; step-son, Nathan Tingley; granddaughter, Zoey Tingley; and cousin, Jeff Ewald.

Survivors include wife of 23 years, Terri Hargett of Chandler; mother, Elaine Hargett Murphree of Tyler; step-father, Bobby Murphree of Chandler; step-sons, Christopher Tingley and Jimmy Tingley; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Mike Towers, Patrick Bowers, Karl Bowers, Jerry Walker, Neil Ludwig, Arlon Pool and Bryan Harmon. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Salazar and Tommy Moore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rafe’s Fund at Woodforest National Bank.

A visitation will be held Friday, March 2, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


William A. Hicks

March 24, 1933 - February 21, 2018

Graveside services for William A. Hicks, 84, of Chandler, are scheduled for Monday, February 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery in Tyler with Rev. Ron Byrd officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Hicks passed away February 21, 2018 in Tyler. He was born March 24, 1933 in Dallas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Jacquetta Hicks; siblings, Ruth Voyles and Curtis Hunter; daughter, Karen Erwin; and step son-in-law, Randy Alford.

Survivors include companion, Dorothy Johnson of Chandler; children, William Kelly Hicks of Dayton and Kathy (Hicks) Marsh and husband Chuck of Crandall; sister, JoAnn (Hicks) Muelker of Seguin; step-children, Casey Montgomery and husband Paul of Rockwall, Mandy Alford of Chandler, Jennifer White and husband James of Lewisville and Bryan Johnson and wife Dominique of Josephine; seven grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, four step grandchildren, three step great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Rule Smith, Tony Ward, Ryan Marsh, Russ Marsh, Caulston Montgomery and Bryan Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Lindsey, Rick Brands, Paul Montgomery, Bob Pickett, Ronny Alford and Johnny Phinny.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Joyce Ann Callaway

November 29, 1950 - February 19, 2018

Services for Joyce Ann “Mimi” Callaway, 67, of Cross Roads, are scheduled for Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Willow Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Yarber officiating. Burial will be in Malakoff Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Callaway passed away February 19, 2018 in Athens after a long battle with cancer and heart complications. She was born November 29, 1950 in Athens. She was formerly co-owner and operator of Callaway Funeral Home. Joyce loved her family unconditionally. She loved to travel, camping and raising a garden. She also liked picking berries and raising chickens and ducks. She loved to work in the yard and could run circles around everyone. She loved basketball and watching her grandchildren’s sporting activities.

She is preceded in death by her father, Glenn Krumpe; mother and stepfather, T.C. and Pearlie Williams; son, Anthony Bret Callaway; half-sister, Mary Ann Sinclair; step-brother, Gene Williams; and brother-in-law, Larry Callaway.

Survivors include husband of 46 years, Wayne Callaway of Cross Roads; daughter, Victoria Faith Neal of Cross Roads; son, Lyle Wayne Callaway and wife Kim of Cross Roads; step-sister, Juanita Wettington of Palestine; step-brother, Danny Williams of Cross Roads; mother-in-law, Peggy Callaway of Trinidad; sister-in-law, Cindy Stephens of Trinidad; grandchildren, Tristen Matheny, Cameron Jones, Brett Neal, Mikey Neal and Tucker Callaway; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, unofficial adopted children, foreign exchange students and many friends.

Pallbearers will be Tristen Matheny, Cameron Jones, Brett Neal, Mikey Neal, Tucker Callaway, Stoney Brawley and Chase Ratkley. Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Hooten and Dillon Lovasz.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701, or, Willow Springs Baptist Church, 11546 FM 59, Athens, Texas 75751.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.