Mary Amelia McClellan
Services for Mary Amelia McClellan, 91, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. Kennen Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Mrs. McClellan died Friday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
She was born June 22, 1912 to the late Charlie and Lucinda Barnett Anderson, the second child of this union.
Mary was nurtured in strong Christian principles and values at Grant Chapel AME Church, where she was active on the Stewardess Boards and the Board of Education. She was director and teacher of Vacation Bible School and was a leader in many other areas of church work.
Mary attended Banks Elementary School and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1930. She attended Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1934. She earned a Masters of Education degree from Texas Southern University and did further study at the University of Texas at Austin, Prairie View A&M University and East Texas State University.
She married Francis O. McClellan on July 23, 1948.
Mrs. McClellan was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority for 70 years. She began her teaching career in 1934 at Massey Lake Elementary School and later became a teacher and principal there. In 1942, she was employed at Washington Elementary School (Fort Street, Stern Avenue and Hamlett Street locations) in Palestine ISD. She also taught at Reagan Elementary School and retired from Southside Elementary School in 1977 with 43 years of service. She affiliated with local, state and national teachers' organizations, and after retirement, became a member of the Anderson County Unit of the Texas Retired Teachers' Association where she served as secretary for nine years.
Mrs. McClellan held several offices as a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She was an active member of the Naomi Chapter of O.E.S. and Hearts of Love Court of Calanthe. She was the first black leader to organize a black Girl Scout unit in Palestine. She was a member of the Anderson County Civic League, the Sunshine Community Club and the Lincoln-Story Athletic and Performing Arts Association.
On Friday evening, June 11, 2004, God called her home to eternal rest. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Dr. Nolan H. Anderson and Proncell F. Anderson; and sisters, Maurice R. Sweatt and Clara Ella White.
Survivors include sisters, Charlie M. Littlefield of Los Angeles, Calif., Daisy C. Moore of Baton Rouge, La. and Bernice N. Freeman of Inglewood, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, devoted friends and acquaintances.
Sarah Wilson Fincher
Services for Sarah Wilson Fincher, 87, of Palestine will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Revs. Barney Walker and Robert Powell officiating. Burial will follow in Ferguson Cemetery.
Mrs. Fincher died Wednesday morning at Spring Season of Elkhart.
She was born April 5, 1917 in Houston County to Henry and Jewel Walling Wilson.
Mrs. Fincher was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Elkhart.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Roy Wilson, Rafe Wilson and Lonnie Wilson.
Mrs. Fincher is survived by her daughter, Hilda Salmon of Palestine; son, Fred Scott of San Antonio; brothers, H.C. Wilson and J.V. Wilson, both of Elkhart; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ron Henderson, John Wright, Steffen Wilson, Terry Huffines, Roger Hamby and Mike Hamby.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Bess C. Bridges
Funeral arrangements for Bess C. Bridges of Buffalo are pending at Memorial Funeral Home of Buffalo.
Mrs. Bridges died Wednesday morning.
James "Jim" Lane
Services for James "Jim" Lane, 51, of Fairfield will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.
Mr. Lane died Tuesday in Langley.
Funeral arrangements for Sabra Giles, 89, of Montalba are pending at Bailey & Foster.
Mrs. Giles died this morning at Palestine Health Care.
Services for Archie Cook, 85, of Jacksonville will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery.
Mr. Cook died Saturday at a Tyler hospital.
He was born March 5, 1919, in Tumey.
Mr. Cook was the police chief for Jacksonville for 22 years and served as Cherokee County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace for 12 years.
He was a member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church and the Texas Law Enforcement Association. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Cook is survived by wife of 65 years, Helen Louise Cook of Jacksonville; daughter, Donna Cook Taylor of Jacksonville; son and daughter-in-law, James and Tammy Cook of Pilot Point; grandchildren, Tiffany Mitchell of Tyler, Benjamin Clark of Jacksonville, Fla., Lindsey Boyken of Tyler and Jamie Whitworth of Arlington; and great-grandchildren, Austin Mitchell of Tyler and Kelly Boyken of Tyler.
Pallbearers will be members of the Jacksonville Police Department Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers include Tom Watson, Kim Stevens, Rickie Odom, chief Mark Johnson, sheriff James Campbell, Jimmy Dickson, Joe Baker, Orville Grimes and George Black.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
He served the community unselfishly with loving kindness, expecting nothing in return.
Lemuel Wilkins Vaughan
Services for Lemuel Wilkins Vaughan, 57, of Brushy Creek will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Brushy Creek Cemetery with Bud Peters and Ronnie Holcomb officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home in Frankston.
Mr. Vaughan died Saturday at his residence.
He was born Nov. 26, 1946, in Brushy Creek.
Mr. Vaughan was a heavy equipment operator and a Baptist. He attended Frankston schools and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.
He was preceded in death by father, Russell Aubrey Vaughan; brother, James Vaughan; and brother-in-law and best friend, Tom Wagoner.
Mr. Vaughan is survived by wife, Sandralene Perry Vaughan of Brushy Creek; sons, Michael Vaughan and Bryan Vaughan, both of Brushy Creek; stepdaughters, Shondra Newman of Frankston and Farrah Wathen of Brushy Creek; mother, Beulah Vaughan of Brushy Creek; brother, Jerry Vaughan of Bradford; sisters, Linda Holcomb of Bradford, Winnie Evelyn Harris of Frankston and Juanita Shaw of Dallas; and grandchildren, Shelby Vaughan, Krista Vaughan, Keeli Wathen, Trey Ingram, Jessie Newman and Allysa Cook.
Pallbearers are Neal Megason, Jim Morris, James Mezzell, Bill Reierson, Red Mitchell and Bill Simmons.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Nicholas "Nick" Michael Grivich
Services for Nicholas "Nick" Michael Grivich, 86, of Madisonville will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church of Madisonville with deacon Burke Landry and the Rev. Michael Barone officiating.
Visitation will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Madisonville Funeral Home followed by a rosary at 7 p.m.
Funeral arrangements for Carole Luevano, 48, of Palestine are pending at Bailey & Foster.
Mrs. Luevano died Sunday at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.
Funeral arrangements for Alex Henley, 19, of Palestine, are pending at Bailey & Foster.
Mr. Henley died Sunday in Victoria.
Merle Killgo Buckingham
Services for Merle Killgo Buckingham, 72, of Palestine will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Michael Mynatt officiating. Burial will follow in Strong Memorial Park.
Mrs. Buckingham died Sunday at her residence.
She was born Jan. 31, 1932 in Elkhart to Alvin and Ruth Till Killgo.
Mrs. Buckingham was a telephone operator. She was a member of the Norwood Heights Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Gerald "Bud" Killgo.
Mrs. Buckingham is survived by her husband, Ivy D. Buckingham Jr. of Palestine; stepmother, Lucille Killgo of Fort Worth; daughters, Jacquelyn Ruth Starr of Destin, Fla., Kathryn Starr Freeman and husband Odell of Beaumont, Miss., Louann Starr Joyce and husband Joe Bob of Hallsville; son, Charles R. Starr Jr. and wife Marilyn of Palestine, stepson, Larry Gene Buckingham of Grapevine; sister, Carolyn Killgo Bertram of Bedford; brothers, Eldon A. Killgo of Palestine, Charley E. Killgo of Hurst, John W. Killgo of Fort Worth, 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Charles J. Starr, Billy Wayne Killgo, Joe Bob Joyce, Odell Freeman, J.R. Murray and Ralph Smith.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Judith R. Hazen
Services for Judith R. Hazen, 64, of Fairfield will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Emanuel Funeral Home No. 2 in Teague. Burial will follow in the Birdston Cemetery in Streetman.
Mrs. Hazen died Saturday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Ola M. Angton
Funeral arrangements for Ola M. Angton, 74, are pending at Emanuel Funeral Home in Palestine.
Mrs. Angton died Monday.
Ronald R. Calhoun
Funeral arrangements for Ronald R. Calhoun, 61, of Palestine are pending at Bailey & Foster, Palestine.
Mr. Calhoun died Monday.
Services for Dorothy “Mrs. R.W.” Stallones, 94, were held this morning at Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel in Conroe with the Rev. Floyd Peterson officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery.
Mrs. Stallones died Saturday in Palestine.
She was born in McKinney on May 3, 1905.
Mrs. Stallones was preceded in death by her husband, R.W. Stallones.
Mrs. Stallones is survived by daughters, Bonnie Nall of Houston and Dorothy Lee Cain of Elkhart; a son, R.W. Stallones of Cypress; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Her grandsons served as pallbearers.
Jim Boyd Jones
Services for Jim Boyd Jones, 52, of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel, with the Revs. Carl Lane and Theo Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Land of Memory Cemetery.
Mr. Jones died Friday at his Palestine residence after a lengthy illness.
He was born June 26, 1947, in Palestine. He was retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and had been working as a electrician with Henderson Electric.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Westwood Baptist Church and a Mason.
Mr. Jones is survived by wife, Janice Elaine Jones of Palestine; mother, Esler Jones of Palestine; sons, Jeremy Jones, Randall Jones and Jason Jones, all of Palestine; brothers, Leroy Jones and Don Jones, both of Palestine, and Billy Bob Jones of Tyler; a sister, Katie Watson of Nacogdoches; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Michael Wells, Dennis Moser, Jerry Holcomb, Lee Jones Jr., Terry Ellis, A.P. Hendrix, Jerry Don Jones and Stephen Watson.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.