cass county obits Jan. 3, 2018
Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:50am Casscounty1
ROY E. BROWN
Jan. 7, 1935 - Dec. 29, 2017
Roy E. Brown, 82, of Doddridge, Ark., went to be with the Lord, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in a Texarkana hospital surrounded by family.
He was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Tyler, to Hiram and Lonnie Brown. He was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church and previous owner/operator of B Truck and Trailer until his retirement. He loved to fish, garden, and being outdoors, especially checking on his cows.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Raymond Joe Brown; daughter, Tracy Baker; brother, Harwood E. Brown; and a sister, Jo Ann Helms.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Myrna Brown of Doddridge; daughter, Stephanie Barr and husband Billy Bob of Atlanta; five grandchildren, Blake Barr and wife Taylor, Sunni Clements and husband Cole, Jared Baker, Sarah Barr and Megan Brown; two great-grandchildren, Emma Barr and Cruz Barr; and a number of nephews, nieces, and other relatives.
Visitation was from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the Smyrna Baptist Church.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Smyrna Baptist Church with Bro. Gene Parker officiating. Interment followed at the Salem Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
ELIZABETH VAUGHAN STEVENS
Dec. 25, 1935 - Dec. 26, 2017
Elizabeth Vaughan Stevens, 82, of Atlanta, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Hope, Ark. She was born Dec. 25, 1935, in Naples, to Charlie John Vaughan and Ivy Mae Robison Vaughan.
She was an Episcopalian by faith. She retired from Windham School District, where she was a teacher. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She enjoyed spending time reading, cooking, snow skiing, fishing, making memories with her family and friends, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns and she loved her dogs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her favorite cousin, Mary Lew Batchelor.
She is survived by her husband James Stevens of Atlanta; three sons, Cullen Tipton and wife Joellen of Onalaska, Charlie Stevens and wife Kathryn of Katy and and Chad Stevens and wife Mitzi of Brentwood, Tenn.; one daughter, Christi Gimenez and husband Daniel of Houston; one brother, Cully Vaughan of Oregon; eight grandchildren, Kaitlyn Tipton, Connor Tipton, Charlotte Gimenez, Hannah Stevens, Lillian Stevens, Anne Stevens, Samuel Stevens and Elizabeth Stevens; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Harrison Funeral Home in Naples.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Wilder Cemetery in Naples with Bro. Dwaine Higgins officiating under the direction of Harrison Funeral Home.
An online guestbook is available at www.harrisonfuneralhome.com.
Nov. 16, 1939 - Dec. 26, 2017
Alice Williams Wilson, 78, of Atlanta, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Atlanta.
She was born Nov. 16, 1939, in Sulphur Bluff, to Roy and Frances “Fannie” Holder Williams. During her early childhood years, she lived in Sulphur Bluff and Smithville, Okla., before moving to Atlanta, where she graduated from Atlanta High School. She enjoyed participating in the Atlanta High School Stage Band and marching band and was selected as an All-State Drummer. She attended North Texas State University in Denton, where she met John Wilson.
After they married, they owned a Dairy Queen in Dallas before moving to Atlanta in 1965. She continued her education and graduated from East Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She began her teaching career at Bloomburg Independent School District in 1973, and worked there as a Kindergarten teacher and later as a high school home economics teacher, until her retirement.
She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Atlanta since 1965, and played the piano for the Men’s Fellowship Bible Class, where John taught for 38 years. She also served in the church library and helped coordinate programs involving the music ministry as well. She was a member of the Eastern Cass County School Retirees Association and National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). She enjoyed being involved with her grandchildren, sewing, crafting, working in the yard and studying genealogy.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, John H. Wilson; son-in-law, Andy Washington; and granddaughter, Amy Lauren White; her parents; and her siblings, David Livingston Williams, Lula Beatrice Williams Dickson, Frances Elizabeth Williams Johnson, Willie Williams and Lee Warren Williams.
She is survived by her four daughters, Jonette White and husband Clay of Tyler, Sharon Cook and husband Pat of Atlanta, Cherise Wicks and husband Stephen of Atlanta and Amy Whatley and husband Curtis of Linden; grandchildren: Ashley White of Washington, D.C., Bradley White and Blake White of Tyler, Casey Cook and wife Monica of Tyler, Claire Cook Chastain and husband Aaron of Galveston, Callie Cook of Texarkana, Ark., Michael and Sydney Wicks of Maud, Hannah Wicks of Atlanta, Kelsey Washington Best and husband John of Winona, John Tanner Washington of Linden, Ryan Whatley of Linden, Casey Whatley Pate and husband Cory of Linden and Whitney Whatley Cooner and husband Randy of Longview; great-grandchildren, Judson and Kinsler Pate of Linden and expected great-grandson, Sawyer J. Best of Winona; as well as a number of other relatives.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31, at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta with Bro. Wes Mills officiating under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, you are encouraged to make memorials to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1089, Atlanta, Texas, 75551; the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o BrightFocus Foundation, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871; or the charity of your choice.
VIVIAN IWONA JONES
April 14, 1922 - Dec. 24, 2017
Vivian Iwona Jones, 95, of Atlanta, went to be with her maker Christmas Eve morning, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017.
Well-known in the community, she lived in the Atlanta area for more than 50 years. She was a servant of the Lord and a member of Bethsaida “Y” Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Leonard Jones; son, Boyd Allen Jones; one sister and three brothers.
She is survived by two daughters, Elaine Derouen and husband Ron of Lubbock and Mara Tobias and husband Pat of Madisonville; daughter-in-law, Linda Jones of Bloomburg; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the Hanner Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at the Bethsaida “Y” Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
April 2, 1925 - Dec. 22, 2017
Irene “Aunt Rene” Bradley, 92, of Atlanta, went to be with the Lord Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in an Atlanta hospital.
She was born April 2, 1925, to John and Martha Henderson Bradley. She was retired from Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator and was a member of the Church of God of Atlanta. She enjoyed spending time at church.
She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Nettie Cherry, J. T. Bradley, Edna Hartsell, Pearl Jones, Walter Carey, Charlie Carey and Nellie Presley.
She is survived by a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at the Church of God in Atlanta with Bro. Chris Miller officiating. Interment followed at the Smyrna Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
A special thanks to her niece, Martha Coats for her care of Miss Bradley.
ROGER DUHON SR.
April 26, 1948 - Dec. 22, 2017
Roger D. Duhon Sr, 69, of Queen City, went to be with the Lord Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at his residence.
He was born April 26, 1948, in Eunice, La., to Jimmy and Hazel Miller Duhon. He was retired from the oil field and was a strong believer in God. He enjoyed spending time with family, being in the outdoors hunting, fishing and “4-wheeler riding” and in his younger years, flying planes.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kelsi Blank; brother, Donald Duhon; sister, Margie Landers; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Dodge Duhon of Queen City; son, Roger Duhon Jr. and wife Amy of Bloomburg; four daughters, Bobbie Jo Weaver and husband Jason of Texarkana, Melissa Blank and husband Kevin of Bloomburg, Linda Piazza and husband Ryan of Atlanta and Angie Duhon and fiancé Shane Stanley of Queen City; four brothers, Robert Duhon of Morgan City, La., James Duhon of Morgan City, Armond Duhon of Morgan City and Ronald Duhon of Morgan City; two sisters, Veronica Ruzicka of St. Louis, Mo., and Lisa Mitchell of Morgan City; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at New Hope Baptist Church with Bro. Christopher Thomas officiating. Interment followed at the New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
HELEN LOUISE DRISKELL ALEXANDER
April 29, 1927 - Dec. 20, 2017
Helen Louise Driskell Alexander, 90, of Atlanta, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. She was born April 29, 1927, in Atlanta. She was a 1944 graduate of Atlanta High School and attended Baylor University School of Nursing at Dallas from 1944-45. She returned to school 20 years later to earn a BBA in finance from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1972, graduating Cum Laude.
She married Joseph William Alexander (1923-2009) Feb. 14, 1946, and had one daughter, Kathryn Alexander Stancampiano (1946-2013) and is survived by her four grandchildren, Jeremiah Stancampiano, Angelo Stancampiano, Alexander Stancampiano and Juliana Stancampiano, as well as son-in-law Michael Stancampiano. She also had 11 great-grandchildren.
She had a long and fulfilling life. She served in business capacity as secretary for Highland Park Methodist Church, executive secretary to Director of Agencies, American National Insurance Company at Dallas, public relations consultant and administrative assistant to the Democratic County Chairman of Dallas County.
She has also been vice president of the Bank of Dallas public relations and development and was self-employed in business services with particular emphasis on investment analysis.
She was very active in civic projects including Dallas County Democratic Executive Committee, Democratic State Committeewoman, Eighth Senatorial District of Texas (Dallas County), Chairman of Red Cross Nurse’s Aide Program, Dallas County, member of the board of directors Dallas County Council of Camp Fire, sponsor for Attorney General’s Youth Conference of Texas, charter member and past president of the Society for Abandoned and Neglected Children.
She was also a life member of Southern Methodist Mother’s Club, charter member of Dallas chapter Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
Her accomplishments also include being named the Who’s Who of American Women; Alpha Sigma Lambda, Delta Chapter (National Honor Fraternity); Beta Gamma Sigma, SMU Chapter (the Phi Beta Kappa of business schools in America); Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, where she received outstanding student in finance in 1972, and participated in the Ninth Annual Management Seminar for Women Executives at Southern Methodist University in 1971.
She was a member of Highland Park Methodist Church until 1974, when she moved to the First United Methodist Church of Atlanta, where she was an active teacher in the adult church school department and taught for Bible and missions studies for churches throughout the Texarkana district and the Texas conference.
She served in the capacity of past president of United Methodist Women, former secretary to the Administrative Board and chairwoman of Council of Ministries. Other services include former member of North Dallas Chamber of Commerce on Governmental Affairs Committee, Headliner for Dallas Press Club and member of Atlanta Woman’s Club.
Her hobbies included fishing and bird watching. She enjoyed public speaking, especially on topics of finance, economics, Americanism and free enterprise. She was a wonderful grandmother who will be remembered for her enthusiasm for life, love of playing cards and dominos and overall love of her family and friends.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Hanner Funeral Chapel with Don Crutcher officiating.
Interment followed at the Beech Creek Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
SAM ‘UNCLE SAM’ WADSWORTH JR.
March 28, 1929 – Dec. 4, 2017
Samuel Clinton “Uncle Sam” Wadsworth Jr., 88, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born March 28, 1929, to Sam and Stella Wadsworth near Pine Bluff, Ark. He was a hard working, fun loving, patriotic, Christian family man who left an indelible mark on this world. He loved sports, his country, his family and his community of friends. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and worked for 33 years at International Paper Company. He was an active member of Law’s Chapel United Methodist Church, the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, was the Commander and Parade Chairman for the American Legion and was voted Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year of Atlanta in 2002.
He was known in the community as “Uncle Sam,” appearing in numerous parades and events to support and educate others about patriotism. He was always happy to pitch in for a good cause and usually with a good sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Norman; and sisters, Melba Richter and husband Nicholson and Betty Montgomery; and a stepson, Dean Bradford; and his last surviving sister, Alma St. John, joined him two days later Wednesday, Dec. 6.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Peggy; son, Sam Wadsworth and wife Jean; granddaughter, Mary Scarborough; grandson, Max Wadsworth and wife Emily; and many loving great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Hanner Funeral Service.
He wished that his body be donated to science, so there will be no interment.
The family will celebrate his life at a memorial service from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Atlanta
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heritage Hospice, 4605 Texas Blvd, Texarkana, Texas 75503; or to the Laws Chapel Methodist Church, 4065 FM 2328, Atlanta, TX 75551.
A special “thank you” to Heritage Hospice in Atlanta and to Dr. Max Frugé for their loving care and sincere support. They are truly angels on earth.
BENNETT TODD JESTER
Jan. 6, 1954 – Sept. 9, 2017
Todd Jester, 53, of Panama City, Fla., formally of Atlanta, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2017. He was retired from the U. S. Navy, after serving 22 years. He was 1st class Petty Officer/E6. Following retirement, he worked as a construction inspector.
He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Jester; and his grandparents, Roy and Gladys Spears.
He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Jester of Atlanta; a sister, Elaine Jester Gibbs and her husband John of Atlanta; two brothers, Dick Jester of Marysville, Wash., and Chris Jester and his wife Norma of Longview; and nieces and nephews. Todd leaves behind many friends from Panama City and worldwide, including The Band Brother Come.
PEGGY ANN TOOLEY
Jan. 19, 1944 – Dec. 25, 2017
Peggy Ann Tooley, 73, of Jenkins, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.
Funeral services were at noon Saturday, Dec. 30, at Reeder-Davis Chapel in Hughes Springs.
PATSY JOANN NEILL
May 23, 1934 - Dec. 22, 2017
Patsy Joann Neill, 83, of Hughes Springs, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 at Arpelar Cemetery in Arpelar, Okla., under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home of Hughes Springs.
ARTHUR ‘BROOK’ CONNOR
July 27, 1961 - Dec. 19, 2017
Arthur "Brook" Connor, 56, of Avinger, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at Jefferson Junior High School. Interment followed at Pyland Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home of Hughes Springs.
REV. GEORGE EARL ‘G. E.’ WHITMORE
Oct. 10, 1949 - Dec. 19, 2017
The Rev. George Earl "G. E." Whitmore, 68, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
Funeral services were at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Interment followed at Whitmore Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home of Hughes Springs.