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    BLACK LEWELLYN, Patsy

    Patsy JoNell Black Lewellyn was born December 16, 1932 in Cass County, TX to David and Olyn Black. She passed away on January 15, 2020 in Ennis, TX. Patsy had many hobbies including crocheting, cooking, sewing, square-dancing, and scrapbooking. She also spent a lot of time reading. Mrs Lewellyn was a member of the Oddfellow Lodge and the Rebekahs. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Jacob Lewellyn; son, Michael David Peters and wife Lee; daughters: Kathy Ashton and husband Triss, Susan Corey, Karen Riever; step-sons: David Lewellyn and wife Robin, John Mark Lewellyn; step-daughters: Stephanie Beard and husband Randy and their daughter Ryleigh Mae, Khristina Martin and…

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    GEESLIN, Billy

    Billy Alvin Geeslin, 81, passed away on January 8, 2020 in Athens, Texas. He was born in Dallas, Texas on June 29, 1938 to Isaac Geeslin and Dovie Farmer Geeslin. Mr. Geeslin loved to fish and be outdoors. He was also proud to serve our country in the military. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Shirley Diane Daniels. His daughters are: Kimberly Beeson and husband Jon, Debra Williamson, and Brenda Joyce Johnston and husband George. His grandchildren are: Jonathan Dale Pierce, Denny Wayne Williamson, Dennis Ray Yellot, Samuel Lynn Hyatt, Calvin Lynn Hyatt Jr., Danielle Johnston, Connie Daniels, Andy Paul Daniels and Donna Daniels. Great grandchildren are; Ravyn…

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    MCGLAUN, Kenneth

    Funeral services for Kenneth W. McGlaun, 78, of Athens are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens with Bro. Mike Dean officiating. Interment will follow at Athens Cemetery. Mr. McGlaun passed away January 17, 2020 in Athens. Kenneth Wesley McGlaun was born July 5, 1941 in Mabank, Texas, the son of Robert Wesley McGlaun and Janie Louise (Mills) McGlaun Carter. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church for 22 years and attended the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class. Kenneth worked as a master electrician for Leon’s Sign Company from 1988 until his retirement in 2010. He was also a dedicated…

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    HOLDER, Jimmy

    Jimmy Don Holder, age 74, of Athens passed away on January 15, 2020. He was born on June 27, 1945 to Clyde David and Lydie Eunice Holmes Holder. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna Louise Holder; brothers, Dale Holder and Joe Holder; son-in-law, Chip Leigh. Jimmy Don was a hard-working man. He worked for the Koon Kreek Klub for 49 years. He was a gentle giant of a man. He loved people, especially his family. He was the best father to his kids and dearest grand-dad to his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his daughters, Kim…

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    CHAPMAN, Oakley

    Funeral Services for Oakley Chapman of Murchison are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church in Athens with Rod Millsap officiating. Interment will follow at Zion Hill Cemetery in Van Zandt County, Texas. Oakley passed away on January 11, 2020 in Athens. Oakley Ryan Chapman was born February 27, 2000 in Athens, Texas, the son of Chad Eric Chapman and Mischele Denise (Inmon) Chapman. He lived life to the fullest enjoying trail rides, ranching, hunting, fishing, mudding, welding and operating heavy equipment, often doing many of these things with his cousins. Oakley’s best friend was his Paw Paw, whom he valued…

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    BROOKS, Earl

    Funeral services for Earl Brooks, 63, of Montalba are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home with Randy Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Athens. Mr. Brooks passed away on January 11, 2020 in Tyler. Earl Ray Brooks was born April 22, 1956 in Oklahoma the son of Harold Wayne Brooks and Elsie Jane Wyrick. In his younger days, he could be found boating and playing baseball. He retired from Trinity Valley Electric Co-op on August 22, 2014 after 31 years of service. Earl always looked forward to October 1, as this was the day that he was…

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    WRIGHT, Bill

    Funeral services for Bill Wright, 84, of Athens, are scheduled for 3:00 P.M., Monday, January 13, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Athens with Dr. Kyle Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery under direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home. Bill passed from this world to his heavenly home, surrounded by dedicated caregivers and loving family, on January 9, 2020 in Malakoff, Texas. Bill F. Wright was born on June 6, 1935 in Waxahachie, Texas. He was the only child of John and Alta Pearl Wright. As a boy of seven, he gave his heart to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was baptized…

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    BAUGH, Ronald

    Memorial services for Ron Baugh, 77 of Athens have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Friday January 10, 2020 at the Trinity Valley Community College Auditorium with Dr. Joe Warren and Dr. Jerry King officiating. Burial with military honors will follow the Memorial service at Athens Cemetery. Our generous and loving husband and father, Ronald Cordell Baugh entered Heaven’s gates on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Ron was born in Amarillo, Texas on April 28, 1942 and grew up in Dumas, Texas. He graduated from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army and taught in the Army Engineering School. He then pursued his passion for…

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    SANDERS, Richard

    Richard Sanders passed away on January 6, 2020 with his family by his side. He was born on July 17, 1956 to Joe and Lou Ella Sanders in Groom, TX. Always humble and kind, Judge Richard Sanders, was a pillar of light to the community. He was a standout high school athlete, earning all-state honors in football. He continued with his talents at Angelo State University and then at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he was an all-conference defensive tackle. He loved sports, classic cars, and fishing. One of his favorite things to do was fish in Broken Bow and make lasting memories there with his family and friends. Richard…

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    GATES, Lawrence Aug 3, 1930 – Dec 26, 2019

    Lieutenant Colonel, Lawrence (Larry) Thomas Gates, USAF retired, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 26, 2019 at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Dorothy Gates; a son Robert and Daughter Linda; sisters Katherine Coleman, Norma Arbour, Jackie Reichert, Barbara Lombardo Wilson; brothers David Gates, Earnest H Gates; and grandson Dylan Scott. He was born in Augusta, Maine on August 3, 1930. He graduated from Cony High School in 1949 and immediately joined the United States Air Force, where he spent over 21 years. He went through numerous schools and military bases, thus becoming a master navigator and flying bombers, including…

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    CURE, Doris

    Graveside services for Doris V. Cure 90 of Athens have been scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Wednesday January 8, 2020 at Davis Cemetery under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home. Mrs. Cure passed away Monday January 6, 2020 in Athens. She was born October 17, 1929 to Ben F. Smith and Mary Mills Smith in the Baxter Community. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Buck Cure, son; James M. Cure and daughter-in-law; Nancy Cure, and by 8 brothers and sisters. Survivors include her son Karl Cure, grandson; Justin Cure, 2 great grandchildren, brothers; Jimmy Smith and Max Smith and numerous nieces and nephews.

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    CHANDLER, Jane

    Jane Lee Chandler, 72, died on January 3, 2020, following a short illness. She was born on January 20, 1947, and immediately began her lifelong habit of bringing unconditional love and joy to all who came within her graceful presence, as well as many others who never did but surely felt it. Her life was a precious gift to everyone who knew her. Jane was the fourth child (and only daughter) of the late Ruby L. Morgan and the late Edward C. Morgan. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Edward C. (Buddy) Morgan, Jr., Charles Morgan, and Thomas Morgan, as well as her stepson, Joseph M. Chandler III.…

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    CUNNINGHAM, Janice

    ATHENS- A graveside service will be held for Janice Cunningham Sunday, January 19 at 1:30 in the afternoon at Oaklawn Memorial Park, 3100 FM Road 317, Athens. Janice, age 93, passed away on October 11, 2019 at her home in Farrington Court in Kent, Washington. Janice, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many, was born on November 7, 1925 in Kerens, childhood sweetheart Elmo Cunningham on January 2, 1943. They were married for 68 years and had one child. In 1946 Janice and Elmo moved to Dallas, TX where they resided for 45 years before moving to Athens in 1991. Following the death of Elmo in 2011, Janice…

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    FEATHERSTON, Winnie

    Funeral services for Winnie Louise Featherston 73, of Athens have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Sunday January 5, 2020 at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Eddie Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler. Winnie was born December 28, 1946 in Athens to the late Sydney and Evie Beatrice Ewing Featherston. Winnie was a cook at West Place Nursing Home for numerous years. She was admired and loved by all. She was a family strong lady; she adored her children and grandchildren. She was a very dedicated Mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister; Sue Calhoun, brothers; Linnie Joe…

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    RICHARDSON, Frank

    Frank Richardson, 63, of Whitehouse, passed away January 1, 2020 in Whitehouse. Mark Frank Richardson was born March 6, 1956 in Athens, the son of Paul Richardson and Thelma (Walls) Richardson. He graduated in 1974 from Athens High School before moving to Lake Jackson where he worked for 32 years as an operator at Dow Chemical. He retired and moved back to east Texas in 2009. Frank was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather who will be missed. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Thelma Richardson. Survivors include wife, Cecile Richardson; daughter, Amanda Patterson and husband Tyler; granddaughter, Sadie Patterson; sister Paula Walker and…

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    ELLIS, Patsy

    Patsy Sue Ellis born May 3,1943 passed away at her home in Chandler Tx 12/31/2019 at 4:18pm. She is preceded in death by her son Troy Larson and Husband James J Ellis. Beloved Mother and Grandmother, she is survived by her 2 daughters Monica Lynn Speer and Tonia Lanette Speer. Grandchildren Joy Larson, Elijah Bolin and Koby Harmon. Great grandchildren Justice Bolin and Aubree Harmon.

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    MINGUS, Linda

    Linda Mingus Funeral Services for Linda Mingus, 76, of Athens are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2020 at the Lake Athens Baptist Church with Mike Curry officiating. Interment will follow at Shelby Chapel Cemetery in Athens. Linda passed away on December 29, 2019 in Tyler. Linda Lou Mingus was born June 19, 1943 in Kemp, Texas the daughter of Roosevelt Ford and Addie Irene (Hice) Ford. She was a member of the Lake Athens Baptist Church. Linda enjoyed sewing and crocheting and loved being around her children and grandchildren. She was a feisty and hardworking mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be known for saying ‘quit worrying’…

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    DAVIS, Nathan

    Nathan Lee Davis age 74, passed away on December 29, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. He was born in Athens on February 3, 1945 to Newburn and Delia Tolbert Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dan Davis and Jerry Davis. Nathan was raised in the Cross Roads area and graduated from Cayuga High School where he starred on the basketball team and throughout the district. He later married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Magee and was married to her for more than 53 years. He worked for Kelly Springfield Tire Company for 36 years. He was a devoted member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church where…

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    HARDY, Doris

    Services for Doris Hardy, 93, of Athens, are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Fellowship Baptist Church of Athens with Bro. Mike Dean officiating. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Hardy passed away December 25, 2019 in Athens. Doris Johnson Hardy was born June 3, 1926 in Artesia, New Mexico, the daughter of Captain Spencer Johnson and Ethel (Alexander) Johnson. She has been a member of Fellowship Baptist Church since 1994. Doris worked as a data input specialist in the geophysics department for Texas Instruments from the late 60’s until the mid 80’s and then began working for Target in the purchasing department until…

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    HESS, Charles

    Services for Charles Hess, Sr., 80, of Athens, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens with Bro. Randy Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Walnut Creek Cemetery. Mr. Hess passed away December 25, 2019 in Athens. Charles Glenn Hess, Sr. was born October 6, 1939 in Grayson County, Texas, the son of Taylor David Hess and Elcie Louise (Hood) Hess. As a young man, he was awarded Second Place for Marksmanship in the Grayson County 4-H Club and utilized that skill throughout his lifetime as his hobbies included hunting and fishing as well as riding down country roads and working through…

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    COWAN, Marion Apr 10, 1962 – Dec 4, 2019

    Marion David Cowan, aka Cowboy, passed from this life on December 4,2019. He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, maternal – Marion Dewitt and Jessie Garner and fraternal Marion and Leola Cowan, his father, 2 nephews,and his son, Stewart. He is survived by his mother Lois Cowan, his wife LaWanda Cowan, daughter Allissa Cowan, step-children John Alan Crawford and Rebecca Crawford, his grandchildren Nathan, Paisley, Levi, Emma, and Jeanie. Survived also by his 2 sisters, Carol Werner and Marilyn Landers and 2 brothers, Johnny Cowan and Steve Cowan and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was a great son, brother, husband, father, Pepaw, and uncle…

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    DAY, Helen

    Helen Wiley Day, 83 of Murchison, TX went to meet the Lord on the 7th day of December, 2019. In 1985 she and her husband moved from Grand Prairie, TX to Murchison, TX. After working many years in the day care profession, she retired from the Head Start Child Development Center in Athens. She leaves behind her husband of 67 years, Bill Day, daughters: Chicquetah Lambert, Carol Hromadka and Christy Day Adams; grandkids: Jason Lambert and wife Amy, Brandi Fetherlin, Shane Mitchell and wife Wendy, Joseph Butler and Jacob Butler; eleven great grandkids, and two great-great grandkids. She was a caring, loving and nurturing woman and her family will miss…

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    MCBURNEY, Sammie

    Sammie McBurney, 81, of Longview, Texas passed away on Dec. 13, 2019. Sammie was born in Malakoff, Texas on Aug. 13, 1938 to C.O. “Pete” and Bunella Dodson. Sammie had an aptitude for nurturing close bonds with family & friends and a deep love for her Savior, Jesus Christ. She had a passion for restoration and decor that led her to renovate three early 1900’s historical structures over the last 25 years. Her artistic talents and love of beautiful surroundings continue to inspire her children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by first husband, Fred McBurney and second husband, Bob Barney. Sammie is survived by sister Tonya and husband…

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    GEESLIN, Kenneth

    Funeral services for Kenneth Geeslin, 71, of Athens, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church of Athens with Dan Rogers officiating. Interment will follow in the Athens Cemetery. Mr. Geeslin passed away December 3, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Kenneth Carl Geeslin was born April 1, 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Vernon Harold Geeslin and Mary Marguerite (McKinney) Geeslin. As an only child, he grew up in a small town outside of Cincinnati working on his parents’ 300-acre farm. After enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1967, Geeslin completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas…

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    OWEN, Nolan

    Funeral Services for Nolan Owen of Brownsboro are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at the Leagueville Baptist Church with Brother Tom Bragdon officiating. Interment will follow at Leagueville Cemetery. Mr. Owen went to be with the Lord on December 15, 2019 in Tyler. Robert Nolan Owen was born January 31, 1936 in Leagueville, Texas the son of James Robert Owen and Ina Bess Smith Owen. He was a longtime member of the Leagueville Baptist Church and loved reading his bible. Nolan worked for TXDot on highway maintenance for over 29 years. Paw Paw was a big history buff and he loved reading, studying all kinds of languages…

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    MYERS, Joy

    Joy Vivian Myers was born August 1, 1933 in Henderson County to William Buckner Hodge and Bessie Mildred Bass Hodge. She passed away on December 14, 2019 in Athens, TX. Mrs. Vivian Myers loved her family dearly and cherished the time she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, reading, crossword puzzles, and she was also an accomplished bowler. She is preceded in death by her parents, infant sister Betty Verene Hodge, sister, Barbara Moorhead, and the father of her children, L.D. Hicks. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Bill Myers; daughter, Gail Carnes and husband Travis; son, Gary Hicks; brother, Buck Hodge, Jr.;…