Funeral arrangements for Charley Akerman, 87, of Stephenville, are pending at Bailey & Foster.
Mr. Akerman died Tuesday night at his residence.
F.M. “Merl” Butler
Services for F.M. “Merl” Butler, 76, of Palestine, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Lyle Huntress officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park under the direction of Bailey & Foster.
Mr. Butler died Thursday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 4, 1926, in Cleveland to Thomas Benjamin and Lillie Myrtis McDaniel Butler.
Mr. Butler was a machinist and worked for Knox Glass and Glass Containers. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3907 and the Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Melvin Butler, J.B. Butler and Curtis Butler.
Mr. Butler is survived by his wife, Katheryn Ives Butler of Palestine; daughters, Cynthia McClendon, Debbie Swinson, Pam Walding, Teresa Douthit and Sandra Quick, all of Palestine; sisters, Dorothy Spivey of Houston and Margaret Bradshaw of Missouri; brother, Dennis Butler of Palestine; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Larry Walding, Paul McClendon, Jimmy Douthit, Rodney Huddleston, Steve Quick and Alan Walter.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Services for Gus Hailey, 99, of Centerville will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Centerville with the Rev. Herman West officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home, Crockett.
Mr. Hailey died Wednesday in Waco at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital.
He was born Dec. 13, 1902 in the Hopewell Community of Centerville.
Mr. Hailey attended the Centerville School. He was a life-long member of Hopewell Baptist Church where he served as an ordained deacon. He was a member of the Bizzy Bee Masonic LodgeNo. 248 in Centerville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Lee Lusk Hailey; son, John Wesley Hailey; daughter, Vadie Mae Lacy; and 10 siblings.
He is survived by a daughter, Effie Lee Twitty of Waco; 25 grandchildren; and a host of great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Jesse B. Shepherd
Funeral arrangements for Jesse B. Shepherd, 85, of Grapeland, are pending at Emanuel Funeral Home of Crockett.
Mr. Shepherd died Thursday in Tyler.
Waymon “Bubba” Mitchell Jr.
Waymon “Bubba” Mitchell Jr.
Services for Waymon “Bubba” Mitchell Jr., 92, of Huntsville will be at 4 p.m. today at East Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Dornbush officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Bailey & Foster.
Mr. Mitchell died Friday in Kingwood Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 20, 1909, in Palestine to Waymon Mitchell and Marie Hooks Mitchell.
Mr. Mitchell was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He owned and operated Mitchell’s Furniture Store in Palestine for many years. After that he went to Houston and worked for Haverty’s Furniture Company.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Cornelia Mitchell, in 1998.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by son, Howell R. Mitchell of Huntsville; and two grandchildren.
Kathy James Cubstead
Services for Kathy “Kitty” James Cubstead, 55, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. today graveside at Parker Cemetery with the Rev. Dub Davis officiating. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.
Mrs. Cubstead died Thursday evening at Hospice Home Place in Tyler.
She was born Aug. 28, 1947, in Palestine to Loyd James and Edna James.
Mrs. Cubstead was preceded in death by her mother.
She is survived by her father; daughters, Dee Dee Mock of Slocum and Laura Ann Cubstead of Lovelady; and two grandchildren.
Helen Laura Tomecek
Services for Helen Laura Tomecek, 97, of Buffalo, were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Funeral Home with Gene Cotner officiating. Burial was in Buffalo City Cemetery.
Mrs. Tomecek died Wednesday at Buffalo Nursing Home.
She was born Jan. 27, 1905 in Dewitt County to Harris and Helen (Cameron) Tomecek.
Mrs. Tomecek had lived in Leon County since she was 3 1/2 years old. She and her husband, Oscar Breiten, owned the first convenience store in Buffalo. She was a member of the Stewart United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Oscar Breiten and L.E. Tomecek; son, Oscar Breiten Jr.; daughter, Mary Evelyn Cotner; five brothers and one sister.
She is survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Bessie Mae Word
Services for Bessie Mae Word, 88, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in McCoy Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Henry officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Mrs. Word died Wednesday in Dallas.
She was born April 14, 1914 in Vistula to Roberta Griffin.
Mrs. Word was reared by Garfield and Mary Shuffer and attended Anderson County Schools. She was a member of South Union Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Columbus Peter “C.P.” Word; and a brother, Napoleon Vinson.
Mrs. Word is survived by daughters, Gwendolyn Chism of Dallas and Mary Hawkins of Detroit; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Fredrick Hawkins, William Hawkins Jr., Clarence H. Lee Jr., Clarence H. Lee III, Louie Lee and Marcus Lee. Honorary pallbearers will be friends of South Union Baptist Church.
Cynthia Ann Hutchins Skinner
Service for Cynthia Ann Hutchins Skinner, 52, of Grapeland, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel with Dr. Jeff Cover officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery in Bradford.
Mrs. Skinner died Friday at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
She was born May 26, 1950, in Palestine to Edward L. Hutchins and Helen Cox Hutchins.
Mrs. Skinner was reared in Palestine and had lived in Baytown before moving to Grapeland two years ago. She was a 1968 graduate of Palestine High School.
She was a bookkeeper at San Jacinto Methodist Pharmacy in Baytown and also was a licensed realtor.
Mrs. Skinner was a member of First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Skinner; father, Edward L. Hutchins; and stepfather, Hunter Williams.
Mrs. Skinner is survived by mother, Helen Cox Williams of Palestine; sisters, Sharon Armstrong of Huntsville and Tina Saucier of Grapeland; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Saucier, Walter Saucier, Frank Lemacks Jr. and Ronnie Cox.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Saucier, Sgt. Keith Saucier and Tim Saucier.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.
William G. “Guy” Barnett
Services for William G. “Guy” Barnett, 85, of Flo, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Flo Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Stone officiating. Burial will be in Wheelock Cemetery under the direction of Walter Funeral Home in Centerville.
He died Thursday in a Beaumont hospital.
Mr. Barnett was born Jan. 31, 1917 in Buffalo. He was reared in Oakwood and graduated from Oakwood High School. He served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Barnett worked for Shell Oil Co. in Deer Park, retiring in 1986 as a dock foreman after 34 years. He moved to Leon County in 1987.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Barnett, in 1998; three brothers, Walt Barnett, Dick Barnett and Bobby Barnett; a sister, Ruby Frazier; and a granddaughter, Diane Sifford.
Mr. Barnett is survived by daughters, Dianne K. Barnett of Houston and Sharon Sifford of West Columbia; sisters, Marie Monkress and Dorothy Collier, both of Dallas; three grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home and from noon to time of service Monday at the church.
Funeral arrangements for Luella Madison, 95, of Trinity are pending at Emanuel Funeral Home in Crockett.
Mrs. Madison died Thursday at East Texas Medical Center in Trinity.
Bobby Roy Wilson
Services for Bobby Roy Wilson, 70, of Elkhart will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Steve Holcomb officiating. Burial will follow in Strong Memorial Park.
Mr. Wilson died Wednesday night at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 21, 1932 in Cherokee County to W.R. and Lura Gray Wilson.
Mr. Wilson was the owner of Wilson Tractor Company in Elkhart. He was a member of the Slocum Union Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Sandra Wilson of Elkhart, son, Scott Wilson and wife Melissa of Elkhart, sister, Barbara Carnes of Elkhart, granddaughter, Kayla Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Richey, Donie McMahan, Larry Huff, Keith Carnes, Jerry Woody and Burl Hobson Sr.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Adell Washington Jackson
Services for Adell Washington Jackson, 84, of Neches will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Flint Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Timothy Tillis officiating. Burial will follow at Flint Hill Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jackson died Saturday at Fort Worth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Willie Etta Martin
Services for Willie Etta Martin, 61, of Tucker will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy McClelland officiating. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Mrs. Martin died Tuesday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Donald E. Vetter
Graveside services for Donald Ernest Vetter, 74, of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Cemetery with Dr. Barry Roberts officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
Mr. Vetter died March 12 at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
Services for Lois Welborn Barton, 86, of Tyler, formerly of Palestine, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Lloyd James Funeral Chapel with Dr. Michael D. Dent officiating. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. in Palestine City Cemetery under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home of Tyler.
Mrs. Barton died Friday in a Tyler hospital.
She was born Aug. 4, 1914, in Cherokee County to Sidney Lloyd and Anna Martin Jowell.
Mrs. Barton lived most of her life in Palestine and lived in Tyler for the past seven years. She was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church and was awarded an honorary life membership pin for her services in the United Methodist Women. She was a charter member of Palestine Harvey Women’s Club. She worked as an office manager for Montgomery Ward. She also received an award for distinguished service to the American Cancer Society.
She was a member of the North Highlands Methodist Church of Shreveport, La., treasurer of UMW, the class of Justice, the Rebecca Circle, the North Highlands Women’s Club, the Symphony Guild, the Women’s Department Club and the Newcomer’s Bridge Club, all of Shreveport, La.
Mrs. Barton was preceded in death by first husband, Homer E. Welborn in 1942; second husband, Don. B. Barton in 1984; grandson, Stephen W. Barron; three brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by sons, Billy M. Welborn of Terrell and Don Barton Jr. of Mesquite; daughters, Mickey Vineyard of Blanchard, La., and Clara Barron of Tyler; brother, S.I. Jowell of Tyler; sisters, Noel Duncan of Longview and Lucille Pope of Livingston; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be David Barron, Tommy Talley, Tim Talley, Tommy Valentine Sr., Tommy Valentine Jr., Don Barrett Barton III, Brian Eaton and Lawrence L. Park. Honorary pallbearer will be John F. Morris.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Services for Shirley Joyce Hortman, 62, of Port Neches, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Elkhart. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hortman died Thursday in Port Neches following a short illness.
She was born May 29, 1939, in Elkhart to Elbert and Beatrice Calcote Hortman.
Mrs. Hortman was salutatorian of the Elkhart High School class of 1957. She was involved in basketball, band and twirling. She represented the Elkhart Elks as an All-District guard and drum major. She later received a master’s degree for Stephen F. Austin University. She was a professor at Lamar State College in Port Arthur where she served as chair of the Business Technology Department. She was a member of the Allegro Roadrunners Motor Home Club.
She is survived by son, Biff Burris of Port Neches; daughter, Leah Burris of Houston; former husband, Troy Burris; brothers, Larry Hortman of Waco and Frank Hortman of Lufkin; sister, Helen Park of Huntsville; and one grandson.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Stovall, Darrell Hortman, Bubba Quarles, Doyle Campbell, Loren Thompson, Timothy Adams, Fred Jones and Gene Ruhmann. Honorary pallbearer will be Ken Shipper.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.