Cass County Obit July 26, 2017

KEITH CROW
Jan. 4, 1956 - July 22, 2017
Keith Crow, 61, of Atlanta, went to be with the Lord Saturday, July 22, 2017, in an Atlanta hospital.
He was born Jan. 4, 1956, in Atlanta, to Bro. J. W. and Emily Crow. He was the owner of Keith Crow Realty, Mayor of Atlanta, was a member of the Atlanta Lion’s Club and a member of any board that would help advance the City of Atlanta. He was also a member of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, where he sang in the First Praise Adult Choir and Boundless Love Quartet. 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Emily Crow.
He is survived by his father, Bro. J. W. Crow of Atlanta; son, Blake Crow and Rachel McCoart of Atlanta; daughter, Lauren Crow of Atlanta; brother, Johnny Crow and wife Connie of Atlanta; sister, Elaine Johnson and husband Joe of Atlanta; a number of great-nieces and great-nephews who he considered his grandchildren; Courtney and Will Mayfield and family; and a number of other relatives.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 28, at First Baptist Church in Atlanta with Bro. Wes Mills, Bro. James Williams and Bro. Dale Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at the Huffines Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
Those wishing to memorialize Keith are encouraged to contribute to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1089, Atlanta, Texas  75551, the Atlanta Lion’s Club or the charity of your choice.
Guest registry is available at www.hannerfuneralservice.com.
 
MELBA JOYCE COPELAND BACON
Aug. 4, 1933 - July 22, 2017
In loving memory, Melba Joyce Copeland Bacon, 83, departed this life peacefully Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Rose Haven Retreat with her husband, Norman, at her bedside.
She was born Aug. 4, 1933, to Joe and Bessie Copeland in Metropolis, Massac County, Ill., and was raised in Metropolis with her older sister, Joanne and younger brother Glen. She attended Macedonia Baptist Church in her youth, then converted and was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in early adulthood and remained faithful throughout her life.
She received her formal education from Southern Illinois University, Paducah Junior College and Shawnee Community College.
She married her high school sweetheart Joe Lindell Pergande and gave birth to four children, Joseph Michael, Beth Ann, Lisa Gaye and Shawn Patrick Pergande. After the sudden death of her husband, she found employment as a secretary in Metropolis. She married James Rodney Ivey in 1966, and his job moved them to League City. She gave birth to two additional children, Shannon Lance and Heather Amber Ivey. She married Norman Joseph Bacon in 1992, and they resided in League City, Metropolis and eventually Atlanta.
She worked as a substitute teacher and teacher’s aide in the Clear Creek Independent School District for many years.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joe L. Pergande; ex-husband, James Rodney Ivey; parents, Joseph Harold and Bessie Aline Copeland; paternal grandparents, Allen Richard and Lura Ann Copeland; maternal grandparents, Glenn Allen and Ora Angeline May; her son, Joseph Michael Pergande; and her sister, Joanne Paulsell;
She is survived her husband, Norman Joseph Bacon of Atlanta; her children, Beth Ann Treece of Dickinson, Lisa Gaye Payne of La Porte, Shawn Patrick Pergande of Hugo, Okla., Shannon Lance Ivey of Papua, New Guinea, Australia, and Heather Amber Ivey of Austin; 14 grandchildren, Holley, Ashley, Michelle, Shane, Jared, Desiree, Deirdre, Autumn, Cameron, Brooke, Lance, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Kaspar; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
God saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb, so he closed those eyes on July 22, 2017, and whispered, “Come home, my child.”
Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 pm Wednesday, July 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Atlanta.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Atlanta with Vance Gaddy officiating under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service..
Interment services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 28, at the IOOF Cemetery, Metropolis, Ill., under the direction of Aikins Farmer Funeral Home.
Guest registry is available at www.hannerfuneralservice.com.
 
BRO. JOE W. SRYGLEY
Nov. 22, 1939 - July 22, 2017
Bro. Joe W. Srygley, 77, of Atlanta, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday, July 22, 2017.
Born Nov. 22, 1939, in Valliant, Okla., he was the son of Joe D. and Jessie Srygley and grew up in New Boston. During college at East Texas State University, Joe surrendered to the ministry and later graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Beginning his first pastorate in Leesville, while in seminary, he immediately recognized God had given him a passion to study scripture and preach the gospel. This passion only grew stronger with a quest to tell others “God had a wonderful plan for your life.” Countless people came to salvation in Christ through his ministry over the years as he served churches in Redwater, Hooks, and 35 years at First Baptist Church Atlanta. Post retirement, he continued to serve several churches in his surrounding community. His bride continued playing piano or organ. His love of preaching never ended.
Through the years, he enjoyed traveling with LeaEtta in their RV, camping, fishing and hunting with grandchildren and friends. He was an avid reader of his Bible, along with writings by Charles Spurgon and C. S. Lewis and others. Many times one would find Joe studying with his favorite hymns, quietly in the background. He loved, loved, loved the people in his church, which he considered a sweet gift from God.
“REMEMBER OUR LAUGHTER” was his motto to LeaEtta. Those close to him will remember countless stories of history and travels to Australia, Korea, France, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Germany, Scotland and England he shared with LeaEtta. And to all of you reading this Bro. Joe would say, “IF I DON’T SEE YOU AGAIN, I’LL SEE YOU AT THE EAST PORCH GATE OF THE NEW JERUSALEM DURING THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT.”
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 54 years, LeaEtta Alford Srygley; his brother, Gerald Srygley and wife Judy; daughter, Joetta Davis and husband Kevin; son, Jimmy Srygley and wife Lisa; five grandchildren, Kelsey Allbritton and husband Tyler, Kaitlyn Davis, Kason Davis, Parker and Maryanna Srygley, and countless extended family and friends close to Joe.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at First Baptist Church in Atlanta with Bro. Wes Mills, Bro. Mike Guzzardo and Bro. Dale Perkins officiating. Interment followed at the Reed Hill Cemetery in New Boston under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
Those wishing to memorialize Bro. Joe may are encouraged to donate to the First Baptist Church Elevator Fund, P. O. Box 1089, Atlanta, Texas  75551.
Guest registry is available at www.hannerfuneralservice.com.
 
SALINA HELMI MILLER
March 28, 1966 - July 17, 2017
Salina Helmi Miller 51, of Clarksville, formerly of Atlanta, died Monday, July 17, 2017.
She was born March 28, 1966, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Regina Helmi Pyle and Charles David Moore. She was employed with Magnolia Brush Manufacturing and was a member of Springhill Baptist Church of Douglassville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles David Moore; and step-father, Langston Pyle.
She is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline Helmi Mendez of San Antonio, Ariel Dawn Thomas of Queen City and Karmi Inga Miller of Texarkana; her mother, Regina Helmi Pyle of Atlanta; a sister, Sarae Dawn Moore of Bivins; and a number of other relatives.
She was a generous soul. Strong willed and truly a free spirit which captured the love of her friends and family. She was extremely witty and always brought laughter. A bit of a daredevil, but remained true in her belief of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 22, in the Hanner Funeral Chapel with Dr. John Wilkey officiating.
Interment followed at Laws Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service. 
Guest registry is available at www.hannerfuneralservice.com.
 
BETTY TYSON GARDNER
Jan. 24, 1930 - July 13, 2017
Betty Tyson Gardner, 87, of Bloomburg, departed this life Thursday, July 13, 2017, in an Atlanta nursing home.
She was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Bloomburg, to Roy and Ruby Tyson. She was retired from Pine Lodge Nursing Home, was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church and she loved animals. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a nephew, Greg Tyson.
She is survived by a son, Jim Gardner and spouse Sheryl of The Woodlands; daughter, Teresa Gardner and spouse Marti of Dallas; brother, Freddie Tyson of Atlanta; grandson, Boyd Gardner and spouse Amber of The Woodlands; two great-grandchildren, Jaycee Gardner and Mason Gardner, both of The Woodlands; and a number of other relatives.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 28, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29, at Smyrna Cemetery with Bro. David Baxley officiating.
under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
Guest registry is available at www.hannerfuneralservice.com.
 
CARL BLAKE LUTRICK
May 27, 1970 - July 10, 2017
Carl Blake Lutrick, 47, of Pflugerville, originally of Atlanta, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017, at his residence. He was born in California May 27, 1970, to Don and Joy Lutrick.
He enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard in 1987 and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment based in Weslaco.
He lived for the Lord and to serve others and will be remembered for his kindness and generosity. He was a humble man who loved his family, wanted the best for his children and did everything he could to support their dreams.
He graduated from Queen City High School in 1988, earned a Bachelor's Degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana in 1999 and a Master's Degree from Central Michigan University in 2013. He enjoyed reading, traveling, fishing with friends and cars.
He is survived by his wife Melissa; children, Nicholas, Bradley and Makalya; grandchildren, Kason and Colton; father and stepmother, Don and Linda; siblings, Danette, Robert, Bill, Gary and Chris.
Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 20, at First Baptist Church in Pflugerville. Interment followed at 2 p.m. at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Kileen.
In lieu of flowers, gifts will be used to honor Carl's memory, "Fight the Fight."
 
ROBERT LEE MORROW
May 18, 1956 – July 21, 2017
Robert Lee Morrow, 61, of Ashdown, Ark., died Friday, July 21, 2017, Wadley Hospital in Texarkana.
Funeral services are pending with Queen City Funeral Home.
 
MILDRED WILBANKS SURRATT
Sept. 23, 1919 - July 19, 2017
Mildred Wilbanks Surratt, 97, of Linden, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21, at Center Grove Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Linden.

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