MOUNT VERNON - Lena Faye Countryman, 84, of Mount Vernon, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 in Tyler.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at First Assembly of God Church. The Rev. Matthew Neese officiated. Interment was in Providence Cemetery in Mount Vernon under the direction of Harvey Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Mrs. Countryman’s grandchildren.
Mrs. Countryman was born July 3, 1917 in Mount Vernon. She was married to W.P. Countryman.
She is survived by her children Glydon Countryman of Grand Saline, Martha Day of Mount Vernon and Ricky Countryman of Clifton; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.
CASON - Jerry Evans, 52, of Cason, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001 at his residence.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Cason. The Rev. Ulycess Forte officiated. Interment wasin Shady Grove Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs.
Mr. Evans was born Feb. 4, 1949 in Mount Pleasant. He was affiliated with Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was an electrician..
He is survived by his son Montoya Juron White of Cason; daughter Alicia Yvette Chambers of Mount Pleasant and Dachana Mesha Johnson of Pittsburg; brothers Charlie Evans of Wichita Falls and Larry Evans of Cason; sisters Debora Robinson of Mount Pleasant and Derlin Traylor of Pittsburg; and seven grandchildren.
GREENVILLE - Alinur Garcia, 82, of Greenville, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001 at his residence.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Mount Pleasant under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. The Rev. J. Michael Woods officiated.
Mr. Garcia was born April 11, 1919 in Titus County, the son of Modesto Ruiz Garcia and Pragedis Ovalle. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force, 454th Bomb Group. He was an engineer.
He is survived by his wife Loretta Garcia of Greenville; son Charles Edward Garcia of Portland, Ore.; daughter Nancy Sue Ussery of Irving; brother Joe Garcia of Mount Pleasant; sisters Ophelia Johnson of Mount Pleasant and Ruth Starnes of Dallas; two grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and three sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS - Vivian L. Gibson, 81, of North Richland Hills, died Wednesday, Nov. 21Fort Worth, 2001.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 at Concord Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home. The Rev. Nolan Richey officiated.
Mr. Gibson was born May 24, 1920 in Omaha. He was a veteran of World War II, a retired employee of Bell Helicopter and a member of the Smithfield Baptist Church. He was a longtime resident of North Richland Hills.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Gibson of North Richland Hills; step-sons Harold Hymeland Daniel Hymel, both of New Iberia, La.; brother George Gibson of Wylie; aunt Ann Gilstrap of Omaha; numerous cousins.
LEESBURG - Alton “Buster” Insall, 65, of Leesburg, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001 at his residence.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Erman Smith Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Randy Stuard officiated. Interment was in Matinburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chad Insall, Ryan Insall, Johnathan Insall, Timothy Insall and Doug Esterling.
Mr. Insall was born March 15, 1936 in Grice. He was retired from Texas Instruments of Dallas as a plastic engineer. He served as a deacon at the Newsom Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife Judy Insall of Leesburg; parents Norman and Lola Insall of Pittsburg; sons and daughter-in-law Terry and Joann Insall of Las Vegas, Nev. and Phillip Insall of Leesburg; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law Henry and Nita Insall of Colorado Springs, Co., Joe and Norma Insall of Garland, and Dan and Tricia Insall of Sugerland. He was preceded in death by his son Kevin Insall in 1996.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Newsome Baptist Church Building Fund, 263 CR 3524, Newsome, TX 75451.
OMAHA - Nora Peterson, 82, of Omaha, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001 in Mount Pleasant.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Mount Moriah Cemetery under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home.
Mrs. Peterson was born Oct. 29, 1919 in Georgia. She was a Baptist and had made her home in Omaha for the past 15 years. She was a former resident of Dallas.
She is survived by her daughters Lynn Heard and Donna Norine Reams, both of Omaha; son Charles Roy Ransom of Omaha, Neb.; and three grandchildren.
SIMPSONVILLE - Charles Lynn Reeves, 66, of Simpsonville, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001 in Houston.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Simpsonville Cemetery under the direction of Erman Smith Funeral Home.
Mr. Reeves was born Dec. 13, 1934 in Simpsonville. He owned and operated the Simpsonville Grocery Store for a number of years. He was presently employed with the McAlester Fence Company of Pittsburg.
He is survived by his father Henry Grady of Gilmer; son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Jenniver Reeves of Flint; granddaughter Savannah Reeves; sister and brother-in-law Carolyn and Max Ender of Gilmer; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Annie Reeves in 1979; son Tracey Reeves; mother Valtai Rutledge Reeves.
SULPHUR BLUFF - J.D. Sanders, 78, of Sulphur Bluff, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001 at his residence.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at Harvey Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Cecil McLeod officiated. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Franklin County. Pallbearers were Jeff Stevens, Toby Hume, Koby Hume, Scott Andrews, Bryan Kunkle and Jason Flowers.
Mr. Sanders was born Sept. 3, 1923 in Franklin County, the son of Dennis Stanford Sanders and Bettie Laura Hicks.
He is survived by his wife Alice Ann Sanders of Sulphur Bluff; children Linda Ann Pace, Joey Duane Sanders, both of Sulphur Bluff, and Brenda Kay Harvey of Mount Pleasant; brother Bobby Jack Sanders of Sulphur Bluff; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
NAPLES - Maye Polson Shirey, 85, of Naples, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001 in Tyler.
Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 at First Baptist Church in Naples, followed by graveside services at 5 p.m. at Leesburg Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Perkins officiated. Alexander Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Shirey was born May 3, 1915 in Mount Pleasant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Eastern Star and the Naples Bridge Club. She was a longtime resident of Naples.
She is survived by her husband E.E. Shirey of Naples; daughter and son-in-law Virginia and Reggie Talley of Emerald Bay; grandchildren Tiffany Talley of Guerneville, Ca. and James Talley of Emerald Bay; sisters Montez Hood of Texas City and Mattie Pynes of Mount Pleasant; numerous nieces and nephews.
BOGATA - Wilma Jean Smith, 69, of Bogata, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001 in Bogata.
Graveside services were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Bogata Cemetery under the direction of Bates-Cooper Funeral Home. Bro. Billy Daniels and Bro. Donnie Sherrill officiated.
Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 9, 1932 in Dodd City. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bogata and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband George Robert Smith of Bogata; mother Pauline Hembe Cleaver of Wichita Falls; son and daughter-in-law George R. and Lisa Smith Jr. of Mount Pleasant; daughter and son-in-law Barbara Gail and Keith Kelley of Bogata; brothers John Cleaver Georgetown and Odis Cleaver of Wichita Falls; and grandchildren Christopher Eric Smith, Alex Smith and Ashley Smith. She was preceded in death by her father Odis Gordon Cleaver; and brother Billy Dean Cleaver.
Norbert H. Becker
Aug. 19, 1930 — May 25, 2001
NAVASOTA — Services for Norbert H. Becker, 71, of Navasota are set for 2 p.m. Monday at Salem Lutheran Church in White Hall.
The Rev. W.H. Wetzstein, vacancy pastor for Salem Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Nobles Funeral Chapel in Navasota.
Mr. Becker died Friday in Brenham.
He was born in White Hall and was retired from the Texas Highway Department. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Charlotte McGregor of Port Lavaca; two sons and daughters-in-law, Norbert Jr. and Jane Becker of Yoakum and Roy and Melanie Becker of Angleton; three daughters and a son-in-law, Norma Boone of Yoakum, Deborah and Ray Simecek of Austin and Dottie Jo Chambers of Port Lavaca; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Alfred Leiber of Navasota; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
Oct. 4, 1930 — May 25, 2001
CRANE, Texas — Services for Norman Plagens, 70, of Rankin are set for 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Rankin.
The Rev. Jim Medley will officiate. Burial will be in the Rankin Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home in Crane.
Mr. Plagens died Friday at his home.
He was born in Bryan and lived in Rankin 30 years. He was a farmer and truck driver in the oilfield. He served in the military during the Korean War and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Plagens.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia Plagens of Rankin; three sons and daughters-in-law, Freddy and Della Plagens of Hondo, Ronald and Paula Plagens of Clinton, Ark., and Steven and Veronica Plagens of Lytle; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Teresa and Roger Morgan of Midkiff, Jo James of Rockwall, Rene and Chug Browning of Crane and Gail and Mark Glenn of Midland; eight brothers, Milton Plagens of San Angelo, Edward Plagens of St. Lawrence, Frank Plagens of Dallas, Clarence Plagens of Rockwall, Donald Plagens of Hamilton, James Plagens of Big Spring, Earl Plagens of Colorado City and Robert Plagens of Bryan; a sister, Alice Pearl Lero of Bryan; and 20 grandchildren.
Cecil D. Roberts
April 10, 1935 — May 24, 2001
CALDWELL — Services for Cecil D. Roberts, 66, of Deanville are set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Caldwell.
The Rev. David Joe Bell and Bro. Maddox will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Seale/Round Prairie Cemetery near Marquez.
Mr. Roberts died Thursday in St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston.
He was born in Thornton and was a rancher.
Survivors include his wife, Anita L. Roberts of Caldwell; his mother, Mary Ann Duke Roberts of Caldwell; a son and daughter-in-law, Cecil A. and Cynthia Roberts of Caldwell; three daughters and a son-in-law, Robin Schultz of Conroe, Susan Farmer and Doug Lollar of Hemphill and Loretta Roberts Schnur of Caldwell; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Jimmie Alice and Charlie Blackmon and Maxine Roberts, all of Caldwell; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Bessie Bunch Sharpe
Jan. 17, 1930 — May 25, 2001
BEDIAS — Services for Bessie Bunch Sharpe, 71, of Bedias are set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Bedias Baptist Church.
The Rev. Jerald Brown of the Bedias Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Bedias.
Mrs. Sharpe died Friday.
She was born in Amarillo and was a member of the Bedias Baptist Church. She was a writer for the Bedias news column that ran in several local newspapers and was a member of the Eastern Star, Bedias Civic Club, Bedias Women’s Club and the Happy Dots Domino Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wes Sharpe.
Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gregory Sharpe and Rod and Kathy Sharpe, all of Houston, and Troy and Pam Sharpe of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Merle Underwood of Robinson; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Joy Bunch of Hereford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bedias Civic Club, P.O. Box 203, Bedias, Texas 77831.