Cass county obits april 4, 2018

April 25, 1921 - March 30, 2018
Erma Ragsdell Stuckey Dunlap, 96, of Cass, went to be with the Lord Friday, March 30, 2018.
She was born April 25, 1921, in Lafayette County, Ark., to Grover C. Ragsdell and Ruby M. Hathaway Ragsdell. She graduated from Atlanta High School and lived in the Cass Community most of her life. She loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Cass Baptist Church her entire life. She worked with the Cass Vacation Bible School until she was 94 years old.
She was an avid sports fan and especially followed the University of Texas Longhorns, the Dallas Mavericks and the Texas Rangers. She cheered for all of her “kids” at Bloomburg High School and received special recognition for attending basketball games for more than 60 years. She also enjoyed bowling leagues, starting in the 1960s and bowled until she was 80 years old. She was dedicated to her daily exercise regimen and inspired many people who saw her out walking.
In 1941, she married Lester Stuckey, who owned a small grocery store in Cass and became stepmother to his three small children, J. W., Farrel and Roland. Lester passed away in 1964, and she operated the grocery store until 1981.
In 1972, she married Randall Dunlap and became stepmother to four more children, Annette, Yvonne, Randy and Andy. They were all adults, except Andy who was still living at home. They were married until Randall’s death in 1999. Her home was always a welcoming place for all of her stepchildren and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; stepson, J. W. Stuckey; stepdaughter, Yvonne Rochelle; siblings, William F. “Red” Ragsdell, P. V. “Buster” Ragsdell, Lillie Spivey and Grace Wilbanks Sikes.
She is survived by her stepchildren, Farrel Cutler and husband Richard of Lynden, Wash., Roland Stuckey and wife Mary of Atlanta, Annette Mertens of Kingston, Tenn., Randy Dunlap of Shreveport, La., and Andy Dunlap and wife Nora of Cass; daughter-in-law, Sarah Stuckey of Glen Allen, Va.; grandchildren, Bob Cutler, Deborah Cutler, Ron Stuckey, Leslie Hall, Debbie Ward, Kristi Parham, Sandy Williams, Darlene Dean, Heather Gunsolus and Heath Dunlap; several great-grandchildren; special nieces, Myrel Ham and Shelia Baugus; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Cass Baptist Church under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service with Bro. Jason York and Bro. George Thomas officiating. Interment followed at Cass Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
You may contribute to Cass Baptist Church, 1278 FM 251N, Atlanta, Texas 75551 in his name.
Guest registry is available at
Nov. 10, 1942 - March 27, 2018
Craig Howard Messner, 75, of Texarkana, Ark., went to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 27, 2018, surrounded by his beloved family.
He was born Nov. 10, 1942, in Akron, Ohio, to Howard and Gertrude Messner. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean conflict. While serving as an M. P. in the Army, he met and married the love of his life, Ramona Pliester Dec. 4, 1967, and together they had two daughters, whom he adored.
The Messner family lived in Ohio until 1978, when they moved to Lewisville. In 2005, they moved to East Texas to be closer to their daughters. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Texarkana. They enjoyed many hours volunteering at Rebecca’s Pantry at Westside Baptist Church, at Atlanta Memorial Hospital and at the food pantry of First Baptist Church in Atlanta.
He retired from Overland Bolling Company of Dallas. He was a member of several shooting clubs as well as a lifetime member of the Dallas Arms Collectors and the National Rifle Association. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, winning several fishing tournaments, but his favorite pastime was reloading bullets.
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Ramona Messner of Texarkana, Ark.; two daughters, Carol Plyler and husband Brad of Texarkana, Ark., and Cathy Heldt and husband Keith of Bivins; four grandchildren, Jacob, Kaitlynn and Sarah Plyler and Emily Heldt; two brothers, Terry Messner and wife Rita of Uniontown, Ohio, and Wes Sweitzer of Lewisville; two sisters, Laura Minard and husband Dave of Barberton, Ohio, and Pat Baldwin and husband Kenny of Mechanicstown, Ohio; in addition to nieces, nephews, a number of other relatives and friends.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Graveside services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Linden Cemetery in Linden under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service with the Rev. Scott Sundbye officiating.
In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association: 7900 West 78th Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55439.
Guest registry is available online at
Aug. 25, 1947 – March 23, 2018
William Henry Parks, 70, of Trinity, passed peacefully Friday, March 23, 2018, with his loving family at his side. He was born Aug. 25, 1947, in Phillipsburg, N. J., to William and Regina Kromer Parks.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Cyndi; sons, Heath, Jarrod, Cotty, Clint and Mark; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his mother, Regina “Mamie” Parks; sisters, Cheryl Savage, Pam Adams, Deb Ratcliff and Lisa Sloterdijk; as well as, many friends and extended family.
He loved being outdoors, whether fishing or spending time with his loyal dogs. As an avid hunter, he was an active member of the National Rifle Association. He also enjoyed cars and racing.
The family and friends he leaves behind to cherish his memory will miss him greatly.
Memorial services were Monday, March 26, in Trinity.
Nov. 29, 1937 - March 19, 2018
Ann Mckinstry, 80, of Moreno Valley, Calif., went to be with the Lord Monday, March 19, 2018, at her residence.
She was born Nov. 29, 1937, in Cass County, to Henry and Pauline Ray. She was a homemaker and a former member of Laws Chapel United Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time baking for her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Summers; and her parents.
She is survived by her two sons, Richard Mckinstry of San Bernadino, Calif., and Robert Mckinstry II of Moreno Valley; a brother, Henry Ray of Montgomery; her former husband, Robert Mckinstry of Moreno Valley; and a number of other relatives.
Visitation was from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday April 2, at Hanner Funeral Service.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Laws Chapel Cemetery with Dr. John Wilkey officiating under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service.
Guest registry is available at
Nov. 30, 1946 - April 1, 2018
Freddie Lynn Neese, 71, of Ft. Worth, formerly of Linden, died Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 5, at Bear Creek Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Bear Creek Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home of Linden.
Jan. 1, 1957 - March 25, 2018
Linda Darnell Pierce, 61, of Linden, died Sunday March 25, 2018.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Linden.
Jan. 7, 1942 - March 24, 2018
Kenneth Gilmore, 76, of Paris, died Saturday, March 24, 2018.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Reeder-Davis Chapel in Hughes Springs. Interment followed at Bradfield Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home.

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