Obituaries

Tracy Lee Wellman

July 17, 1966 - May 14, 2018

Services for Tracy Lee Wellman, 51, of Chandler, are scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM at First Assembly of God in Chandler with Patsy Milam officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wellman passed away May 14, 2018 in Tyler. She was born July 17, 1966 in San Antonio.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Ruby Schwab.

Survivors include husband, Wendell Wellman; sons, Ryan and Trent; brothers, Michael, David and Tim; and sisters, Carolyn and Joyce.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Apache Reservation Mission Trip Fund, care of Chandler First Assembly of God.


Sandra (Ward) Venable-LaFrance

December 11, 1947 - April 21, 2018

Services for Sandra (Ward) Venable-LaFrance, 70, of Chandler, are scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. David Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Lindale City Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Ms. LaFrance passed away April 21, 2018 in Tyler. She was born December 11, 1947 in Vicksburg, MS. She retired from ETMC but continued to volunteer her time with them. She was a resident of Chandler for 48 years and attended Heritage Trails Cowboy Church in Ben Wheeler. She loved the beach and adored her rescue dog. Her kindness, gentleness, faith, and love of family, friends, grandchildren and great grandchildren will be remembered.

She is preceded in death by father, Harold Ward; mother, Oleta Ward-McGinty; and brother, Shelton Ward.

Survivors include daughter, Melanie Venable-Parker of Chandler; sons, Kenneth Venable and wife Pauline of Plainview, Nathan Venable and wife Amanda of White Oak; brother, Dale F. Ward and wife Helen of Spring; brother, Randy Ward and wife Jan of Friendship; sister, Kimberly Smith of San Angelo; brother, Timothy McGinty of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Meghan Glascock and husband Trey, Whitney Dalton and husband Andy, Chett Parker, Ross Parker, Nathan Venable, Sam Venable, Sarah Venable, Cameron Venable and Cason Venable; great grandchildren, Aubrie Dalton, Aaronwayne Dalton and Trinity Glascock.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren, Trey Glascock, Andy Dalton, Chett Parker, Ross Parker, Nathan Venable and Sam Venable. Honorary pallbearers will be Cameron Venable and Cason Venable.

Visitation will be Friday, April 27, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Aurelia Elizondo Duran

September 25, 1933 - April 27, 2018

A funeral mass for Aurelia Elizondo Duran, 84, of Brownsboro, will be held Friday, April 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Saint Boniface Catholic Church. 

Mrs. Duran passed away April 21, 2018 in Tyler. She was born September 25, 1933 in La Enredadora, Guanajuato Mexico.

She is preceded in death by parents, Francisco and Camerina Elizondo; husband, Arturo Duran; and son, Francisco Duran.

Survivors include children, Juan Duran, Angel Duran, Juana Gomez and Teresa Vazquez; siblings, Lucina Rojas and Margarita Navarro; 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home with a recitation of the rosary to be said at 7:00 PM.


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.