Obituaries

Willie "Bill" Ray Snow

December 8, 1924 - July 15, 2018

Willie Ray (Bill) (Big Daddy) Snow, 93, of Chandler, died peacefully on Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was born in Decatur, Texas on December 8, 1924, to parents Learner Everett and Hope Beatrice (Murrell) Snow, with 3 sisters, Wanna, Lavonia and Lorene, and 5 brothers, Alton, Glen, Fletcher, Harley (Bo) and Joe. Bill attended school in Alvord and Gainesville, graduating Gainesville High in 1942. He entered Texas A&M in 1942, and attended until enlisting in the Navy in 1943, where he served during WWII as a radio technician on submarine U.S.S. Flasher in the Southwest Pacific. He married the love of his life, Zelma Ruth Martin on May 6, 1945, then returned to A&M to earn a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, June, 1949. Licensed as a Professional Engineer, he worked for Texas Power & Light Company for 36 years, retiring in 1985 to Lake Tyler East where they lived until moving to Chandler in 1994.

These facts fall short of describing the man we all so loved and admired. Bill Snow epitomized a life well-lived. His priorities never faultered; his values never failed. He was always prepared. His greatest legacy is that of the perfect 72 year marriage to his life-long love, Zelma. Together they raised 4 great kids, and led a life of service to, and enjoyment of others. Their contributions to church, family, community, civic, and individual needs were innumerable. He used his gifts of intelligence, wisdom and kindness, as well as carpentry and other skills to help anywhere there was need. His wit was keen and clever, often catching one by surprise. He enjoyed great love and success and a long and happy life filled with rich relationships and many close friends. He will be remembered with love and great respect by all who knew him.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Zelma, his parents and siblings, Zelma's family, and his great grandson, Braxton Tran. He is survived by his 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, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. He also cherished his many nieces and nephews and greats from both the Snow and Martin families.

The family extends our gratitude to Fannie Wilkerson, Cassandra Dora and the staff of Chandler Nursing Center who provided loving care to both Bill & Zel in their final years, and to FUMC Chandler, where he was a member since 1994.

Memorial services will be Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Chandler under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Visitaion will be Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Alvin Wayne Owens

April 20, 1942 - July 3, 2018

Services for Alvin Wayne Owens, 76, of Tyler, are scheduled for Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Jamie Eitson officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Owens passed away July 3, 2018 in Tyler. He was born April 20, 1942 in Tyler. He was the owner and operator of Owens Septic Service for 27 years and also co-pastored Servant’s Heart Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Will and Ruby Owens; first wife, Linda Owens; second wife, Kathy Owens; stepchildren, Roxie Lance and Joy Rowan; grandson, Christopher Thomas Philpott; and five sisters and four brothers.

Survivors include wife, Sharon Owens of Tyler; children, Cynthia Denise Philpott and husband Tommy of Bullard, Marvin Dwayne Owens and wife Gwen of Lindale, Rebecca Dianne Gaskey and husband Shelby of Lindale; stepchildren, Joel Hukill and wife Amanda of Neches, John Franklin and wife Beth of California; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Gaskey, Timothy Gaskey, Marvin Owens, Joel Hukill, Rick Hukill and John Franklin. Honorary pallbearers will be Shelby Gaskey, Tommy Philpott, Mitchell Casey and James Michael Owens.

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

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


Ann Kendrick

August 25, 1945 - June 29, 2018

Services for Ann Kendrick, 72, formerly of Chandler, are scheduled for Monday, July 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM at West Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Evans officiating. Burial will be in Leagueville Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Ms. Kendrick passed away June 29, 2018 in Lampasas. She was born August 25, 1945 in Grand Saline.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Wesley Adair and Ruth Mae Adair; and a son, James Kelvin Wood.

Survivors include daughter, Robin Ann Wood and husband Eddie East of Burnet; son, John Michael Wood and wife Karla of Scottsburg, Indiana; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.


Gary Eugene Sellers

May 16, 1967 - June 11, 2018

Memorial services for Gary Eugene Sellers, 51, of Chandler, are scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Chandler United Methodist Church. 

Gary passed away June 11, 2018 in Chandler. He was born May 16, 1967 in Houston.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Eugene Sellers; and brother, William Wade “Bill” Botts.

Survivors include mother, Sara Hamilton; sister, Janice Sellers; step-father, Herbert Botts; son, Nicholas Jenkins; and his beloved girlfriend, Sharon Owens.