Obituaries

Calvin Gene Langford

September 18, 1938 - August 16, 2018

Graveside services for Calvin Gene Langford, 79, of Chandler, are scheduled for Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the DFW National Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Langford passed away August 16, 2018 after a two year battle with esophageal cancer. He was born September 18, 1938 in Upshur County to the late Emmett Langford and Ruby Lee Durst. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1957-1960. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and was affiliated with VFW Post 4376 of Cedar Creek. Calvin loved playing guitars and was a member the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. He owned Concert Records of Dallas and was a regular performer on the Big D Jamboree. He has sang with Elvis and Willie Nelson and had a cherished friendship with Charlie Pride. When he wasn’t playing music, he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his family, Roy Langford and Kimberly of Crockett, Donna Blackerby and Jay of Chandler, Nyanna Flint of Greenville, Larry Linch and Lori of Republic, Washington, Terry Linch and Kathy of Bend, Oregon, Lana Langford of Dallas, Ava Redmond and David of Greenville, Tamra Beckley of Lufkin, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4-6 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.


Omer Ray Palmer

January 1, 1927 - August 14, 2018

Services for Omer Ray Palmer, 91, of Chandler, are scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Services for Omer Ray Palmer, 91, of Chandler, are scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Wes Bynum officiating. Burial will be in Edom Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Omer Ray Palmer went to be with his Lord and Savior August 14, 2018 in Chandler, Texas after a lengthy illness. He was born on January 1, 1927 in Edom, Texas to Omer Tucker and Sadie Palmer.

Ray is preceded in death by his wife Fairy Palmer, his parents, Omer and Sadie Palmer, brother Shirley Palmer, and sister Mildred Felts.

Ray is survived by son Billy Ray Palmer and wife Lisa of Chandler. Granddaughters, Heather Newman and husband Kyle, Allison Williams and husband Bryce both of Chandler. Great Grandchildren, Ethan, Brooklynn, Londynn Rinehart, Grayson Newman and Paisley Williams all of Chandler. Other Special loved ones Elizabeth Palmer and Lana Riley and children, Alizabeth Mesta, Alivia Agustin, Nicholas Agustin, A’yana Mesta and Abel Zachariah Mesta of Brownsboro. Brothers Bobby Palmer of Bryan and Ronnie (Jackie) Palmer of  Alabama. Sisters  Lavern Levins of Baytown, Kathy Coburn and Betty Phillips of Tyler, Brenda (Jerry Don) Compton of Brownsboro.  Numerous nieces, nephews and other loved ones.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Rinehart, Nicholas Agustin, Roland Salinas, Loyd Green, Ray Seagroves and Phil Ridgel.

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


Randall Eugene Stone

January 9, 1938 - August 10, 2018

Services for Randall Eugene Stone, 80, of Chandler, are scheduled for Monday, August 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Kris Emerson officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Randall Eugene Stone born January 9, 1938 in Chandler Tx to Raymond and Gwen Stone. He attended Chandler School, Dixie and graduated from Van High School in 1956.

Randall married Nancy Lee Hanna March 17, 1961 in Mineola TX.  They have 5 children Don, Steve, Sherroll, Bruce and Kim.  His family spent 20 years in the military traveling to each assignment until retiring in 1980 as a Master Sargeant. He was also a Vietnam Veteran.

He attended college in most of the places he lived, Arkansas, Univ. of Philippines, TCU in Ft Worth, Univ of California and back to Tyler where he went back to school to become a Realtor and Broker.  In 1985 he went to work for Farmers Insurance while maintaining his Real Estate License.  He retired after 20 years with Farmers and continued to travel with wife Nancy.

Randall was an active gardener, and loved to fish.  But mostly loved spending time with his family and going to church.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Larry M Stone all of Chandler.

He leaves his wife of 57 years Nancy Stone, children Larry Don Stone of Haltom City, TX, Steve Stone of Paradise, TX, Sherroll Butcher of Chandler, Bruce Stone and wife Jamie of Grand Prairie, TX and Kimberly Nolen and husband Randy Nolen of Chandler.  14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, brothers, a sister and many friends.

Visitation will be Monday, August 13, 2018 from 1-2 PM prior to the service.


Oma Rae Baker

September 16, 1944 - August 6, 2018

Oma Rae Baker, 73, of Tyler was born September 16, 1944 in Houston. She passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018 in a local hospital.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was always available to make a craft or bake some cookies. She was an avid fisherman as well as enjoyed quilting. She was also quite proud of the fact that she was a “Navy Wife”.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Samuel Baker of Brownsboro; her parents, Drue Monroe Foster of Houston and Loree Strahan of Houston; and brother, Drue Foster of Houston.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Charles and Greta Baker of Hamilton, MT; son and daughter-in law Chris and Lori Baker of Henderson; son and daughter-in-law John and Kristina Baker of Arp; grandchildren Charlie(CW) Baker of Hamilton, MT, Abigail(Rose) Baker of Hamilton, MT; Mary Robinson and husband Keith of Henderson, Emma Baker of Henderson, Nykole Furr and husband Jayson of Tyler, Alyx Baker of Tyler, Rebecca Bustos and husband John of Tyler, Austin Baker and wife Kaycee of Carrizo Springs, Zachery Herring of Arp, Emilee Herring of Arp, David Domm of Arp, and Natilee Domm of Arp; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Saturday August 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Gray officiating. Visitation will be Friday, August 10, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. 


Paxton Thomas Sanders

September 10, 2000 - August 2, 2018

Services for Paxton Thomas Sanders, 17, of Brownsboro, are scheduled for Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Rock Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Welch and Rev. Danny Bristow officiating. Burial will be in River Hills Farm Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Paxton passed away August 2, 2018 in Tyler. He was born September 10, 2000 in Shreveport, Louisiana. To know Paxton was to love Paxton, he never met a stranger. His greatest joys were hunting, fishing and his old blue truck. He reveled in telling hunting and fishing tales, even if a little exaggerated. Paxton loved his family and friends fiercely and was an amazing role model for his younger brothers and cousins. His favorite places to enjoy God’s beautiful creations were Lake Greeson and River Hills Farm. He was known to be wise beyond his years, people frequently referred to him as having an “old soul”. Paxton was never afraid to share his faith and would use his love of nature to minister to others. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor. 5:8

He is preceded in death by paternal great grandfather, Albert J. Pumilio; maternal great grandfather, William Neal Williamson, Sr.; paternal step-grandfather, Donald Parmley; and great uncle, Randy Parrish.

Survivors include parents, Chris and Christy Sanders of Brownsboro; brothers, Harley and Tucker Sanders of Brownsboro; paternal grandfather, Bobby Sanders of Shreveport, Louisiana; paternal grandmother, Rosemary Parmley of Brownsboro; maternal grandparents, Tommy and Beverly Williamson of Stonewall, Louisiana; paternal great grandmother, Linda Pumilio of Brownsboro; paternal great grandfather, Tommy Sanders and wife Mary of Shreveport, Louisiana; maternal great grandmother, Bernice Williamson of Stonewall, Louisiana; aunts, Renee Parker and husband Chris of Stonewall, Louisiana; Ginnie Baldridge and husband Blake of Brownsboro, Danielle Wright and husband Daniel of Chandler; uncle, Blayne Sanders and wife Ashley of Brownsboro; cousins, Haley, Kassidy and Lacey Parker; Danton and Deklan Wright; Carson, Sawyer and Sydney Baldridge; and Layton Sanders. He is also survived by a host of great aunts, uncles, extended cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Jake Connor, Gage Connor, J.B. Miller, Hayden Estridge, Wesley Walker, Maguire Parker, Zach Norwood, Steven Messer, Austin McKeever and Hunter Bishop. Honorary pallbearers will be Colby Green, Dylan Washburn, Lane Kirby, Cody Neel, Dylan Bishop, Roger Dorsey, Jared Gayley, Wesley Boles, Tucker Sanders, Harley Sanders, Lucas Hightower, Devin Magil, Landry Waffal and BHS Class of 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to be made to the BHS Fishing Team, P.O. Box 465, Brownsboro, Texas 75756; or, Paxton T. Sanders Memorial Fund to Real Men Outfitters at the First State Bank of Brownsboro or at http://www.realmenoutfitters.com/donations.html

Visitation will be Sunday, August 5th, 2018 from 2-4 PM at the church.


Bob Taylor

June 6, 1933 - August 1, 2018

Services for Bob Taylor, 85, of Chandler, are scheduled for Friday, August 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM at West Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Evans officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Taylor passed away August 1, 2018 in Chandler. He was born June 6, 1933 in Murchison.

He is preceded in death by parents, Ermit and Doris Taylor; sister, Hazel Laza; brother, Joe Taylor; son, Kenneth Wayne Taylor; and daughter, Lisa McDowell.

Survivors include wife, Shirley Taylor of Chandler; son, Steven Taylor and wife Patricia of Scurry; brother, James Morris Taylor and wife Linda of Chandler; sisters, Janie Synatske of Fort Worth, Maudie McCurley of Waco, Marcelene Rorie and husband Mark of Bellavista, Arkansas; nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


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.