Barbara Jo Byrd
Services for Barbara Jo Byrd, 66, of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Laird-McGill Funeral Home in Nacogdoches with the Rev. Phillip Warren officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Laird-McGill Funeral Home.
Mrs. Byrd died Friday in Palestine.
She was born Dec. 21, 1936 in Houston to Joseph Calamusa and Hattie Lee Woods Calamusa.
Mrs. Byrd was employed by J.F.B. Enterprises as a farm manager for many years. She was a Baptist and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3907 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of the American Rifle Association and Women Armed for Self Protection and the YMCA.
She is survived by her husband, J. Fred Byrd, who she married Nov. 23, 1970; daughter, Gloria Jean Phillips of Palestine; mother-in-law, Audry Feazell Byrd of Jacksonville; sisters-in-law, Betty Tinsley of Jacksonville and Patty Byrd of Alexandria, Va.; aunts Gertie Williams and Dovie Lowe, both of Houston.
Pallbearers will be Clifton Tannery Jr., Robert "Bob" Tinsley Sr., Robert "T.J." Tinsley Jr.; L.S. "Bud" Tinsley, Tom Dement, Kenneth Jones, Lem Pickle and Troy Newman.
Memorials may be made to Cancer Aid & Research, care of the Ladies Auxiliary, 3907, P.O. Box 963, Palestine, Texas 75802.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Bobbie Janice Cryar Riney
Services for Bobbie Janice Cryar Riney, 62, of Montgomery, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at City Cemetery on Market Street with the Rev. Lowell Schochler officiating.
Mrs. Riney died Sept. 22 in Montgomery.
Walter P. McCants
Services for Walter Paschal McCants, 76, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Cemetery in Chatfield, Texas.
Mr. McCants died Wednesday in Palm Springs, Calif.
Larry Parsons Jr.
Services for Larry Wayne Parsons Jr., 36, of Palestine, are pending at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
Mr. Parsons died Sunday in Tomball.
Mildred Iwilda Hopkins David
Services for Mildred Iwilda Hopkins David, 87, of Crockett, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Lonnie Franks officiating. Burial will follow in the Jasper Cemetery in Crockett. under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home No. 3 of Crockett.
Mrs. David died Saturday at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett.
Edna Mae Durham
Services for Edna Mae Durham, 57, will be at noon Wednesday at South Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lacy officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Cemetery in Palestine under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home.
Mrs. Durham died Saturday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
James Hogg Sr.
Services for James Hogg Sr. of Alto will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Alto. Burial will follow at the Hogg Family Cemetery in Reklaw with the Rev. K.B. Clayter officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home No. 3 of Crockett.
Mr. Hogg died Saturday at Memorial Health Center in Lufkin.
Patsy R. Wright
Services for Patsy R. Wright, 73, of Jacksonville and formerly of Oakland community, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Dr. Barry Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Fields Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster.
Mrs. Wright died Monday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Benjamin E. Kersh
Services for Benjamin Edward Kersh, 89, of Palestine will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Herrington Land of Memory Chapel with the Rev. Alan Van Hooser officiating. Burial will follow at Strongs Cemetery under the direction of Herrington Land of Memory Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be James Weaver, Calvin Nicholson, David Weaver, Robert Kersh, Shawn O'Connor, Keith Matthews, Jimmy Lucas and Roger Ray. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews.
Mr. Kersh left this world on Monday to join our Lord and his beloved wife of 54 years, Mary C. "Mae" Patterson Kersh and his other family members who have preceded him in death.
Mr. and Mrs. Kersh were married in Anderson County on Dec. 16, 1948.
Mr. Kersh leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Kathryn Kersh Nicholson and her husband Calvin Wayne Nicholson of Palestine and a stepdaughter, Helen Bostick Weaver and her husband James William Weaver of Junction; two brothers, Rayford M. Kersh of San Antonio and Swanner N. Kersh of Jacksonville; and a sister, Alveda S. Brunette of Rhinelander, Wis.; five grandchildren, David Weaver, Melody Weaver Finley, Jennifer O'Connor Matthews, Shawn Patrick O'Connor and Stephanie O'Connor Lucas; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Mary Jane Bostick Hobbs and Carolyn Jean Kersh; sisters, Viola Eloise Kersh and Mae Kersh Owens, Minnie Lee Ray, and Laura LaRue, Irene Pharris and Alma Schulte; and brothers, Desmond R. Kersh and Wilson Kersh.
Mr. Kersh was born Feb. 12, 1914 in Tenaha to Robert Lee Kersh and Sisley McKay Kersh. He was raised in Salmon. He was a member of Pisgah Baptist Church. He was an avid gardener and he entertained with his guitar at nursing homes for many years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3907, National Association of Federal Employees and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Kersh is a descendant of Lutheran immigrants who fled Zuzenhausen, German, due to religious persecution landing in Charleston, S.C. in 1744. The Kersh family settled in Orangeburg District there until traveling by wagon train with other families from the area to Rankin County, Miss. in 1828. Just prior to the Civil War and immediately following it, Mr. Kersh's grandfather and his two great-uncles, Enos and Ezra Kersh, relocated their families to Anderson County where they raised their families as farmers and railroad men. The Kershs were God-fearing people, a close-knit family with deep religious conviction and an exemplary work ethic.
Mr. Kersh's military career took him to many locations, among them, Victoria where he was stationed at Foster Field Air Force Base in the 1950s. Following his retirement from the Air Force he worked for Burns Detective Agency as a security officer at the carbide plant and two years later went to work for the U.S. Post Office as a mail carrier. Upon his retirement from the post office in 1971, Mr. and Mrs. Kersh moved back to Anderson County where they both grew up and became sweethearts.
From the 1700s until the present time, a member of this family has proudly served in the armed forces in every conflict that this nation has been involved in, on our own soil as well as overseas. Mr. Kersh served his country in the United State Air Force for 20 years and retired in 1958 as a Master Sergeant and hangar chief assigned to the 27th Consolidated line Maintenance Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, N.M. He first enlisted in the Air Corps in 1940. In 1942 he participated in the transportation of 33 bombers to the Chinese Air Force and stated in the China-Burma-India Theater as a member of the 341st Bomb Group. He returned to the U.S. in 1944 and was assigned to Walla Walla Army Field in Washington until the close of the war. Following various statewide assignments after World War II, Master Sgt. Kersh served in Japan from Jan. 1953 until March 1954.
Among his eight great-grandchildren are his namesakes, Benjamin Keith Matthews and Braden Edward O'Connor.
He's gone to worlds above where Saints and angels meet, to realize our Savior's love and worship at his feet.
Edwin Henry Rodgers
Rodgers, Edwin Henry, was born in Palestine, Texas June 12, 1917. After a long battle with lung cancer, diabetes and several other problems, he left this world on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Mary Evelyn Hatzenbuehler Rodgers; sister, Grace Dickey; daughter, Linda Ann Rodgers Oncken and son-in-law John Oncken; granddaughter, Susan Leftwich and son-in-law David Leftwich; granddaughter Janet Prochnick and son-in-law Earl Prochnick; great grandchildren, Gwynne Leftwich, Lisbeth Leftwhich, John Ward Kreitner and Jessica Kreitner; niece, Sylvia Harr and her son, David Harr;
His parents, three sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends starting at noon Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003 at the Grove Hill Funeral Home until graveside services at 2 p.m. at the Grove Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.
Johnie W. Crawford
Services for Johnie W. Crawford, 93, of La Rue will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Foster & Brown Chapel with the Rev. Richard Palmer officiating. Burial will follow in County Line Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Foster & Brown Funeral Home, Athens.
Mr. Crawford died Sunday in Athens.
He was born Oct. 10, 1910 in La Rue to John Henry and Sally Elizabeth Gilbert Crawford.
Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rossie Lea Crawford; daughters, Dorothy L. Reid and Charity Elois Hilton; grandchildren, Darren Hilton and Donna Estes; great-grandchildren, Joshua Henson and Mekela Crawford.
He is survived by sons, John W. and wife Lucille Crawford of La Rue, Delbert G. and wife Terrie Crawford of La Rue, Royce D. and wife Monica Crawford of Galveston and Randy M. and wife DeDe Crawford of Bullard; daughter, Jaquin M. Sims and partner Randy Pearce of La Rue; 33 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Condolence calls can be made from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Services for Harvey Huff, 84, of Grapeland will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Grapeland with the Rev. David Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Dailey Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Grapeland.
Mr. Huff died Sunday at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett.
He was born Jan. 22, 1919 in the Dalys community in Houston County to Eugene "Brud" and Lorena Brown Huff.
Mr. Huff was a farmer and rancher. He also served two terms on the Grapeland Independent School District School Board, and was owner and director at the First State Bank in Grapeland for over 30 years. He also was a member of First Baptist Church of Grapeland.
Mr. Huff was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene "Brud" Huff and Lorena Brown Huff; sister, Luna Frank Matthews; brothers, Gene Huff, and Nolan Huff; and a great-granddaughter, Lauren Elaine Skidmore.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Molly Nelson Huff of Grapeland; sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Necia Huff, and Paul and Charlotte Huff, all of Grapeland; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Oran Neill of Athens, and Janis and Kenneth Skidmore of Mont Belvieu; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Nancy Huff of Grapeland, and Charles and Bobbie Huff of Austin; sisters, Ima Ashwood of Grapeland and Ann Brown of Arlington; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Huff and Barbara Huff, both of Grapeland, eight grandchildren, Carrie Luce, Kyle Huff, Amy Wyatt, Ali Tyner, Ken Skidmore, Kori Schweinle, Brad Huff, and Gretchen Jagot; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Luce, Colton Luce, Abby Hinds, Emmy Hinds, Claire Huff, Anna Huff, Lindsey Skidmore, Andrew Tyner, Kimberly Jagot, Noah Jagot, and Mason Schweinle due in December.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Brad Huff, Kyle Huff, and Ken Skidmore; nephews, Larry Huff, Mitchell Huff, Scott Huff, Steven Huff and Ronny Finke.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster, Grapeland.
Services for Edith Bryson, 96, of Palestine, and formerly of Austin, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Christian Church on North John Street in Palestine with the Rev. Robley Soileau officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Mrs. Bryson died Sunday in Palestine.
She was born Jan. 17, 1907 in Palestine.
Mrs. Bryson was a retired bookkeeper with the State Board of Insurance. She was a member of the Memorial Christian Church.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Dorothy C. Anderson
Services for Dorothy C. Anderson, 79, of Oakwood will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with the Rev. Lynn Stroud officiating. Burial will follow in the Herrington Land of Memory Cemetery in Palestine. Arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Buffalo.
Mrs. Anderson died Monday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Lovie Lucille "Weaver" Miles
Graveside services for Lovie Lucille "Weaver" Miles, 88, of Gun Barrel City, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin with the Rev. Troy Miles officiating.
Mrs. Miles died Sunday in Athens.
John A. Berry, Jr.
Services for John Andrew Berry Jr., 55, of Palestine were at 1 p.m. Thursday at Southside Baptist Church with Dr. Steve Holcombe and Dub Davis officiating. Graveside services were at 4 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home, Palestine.
Mr. Berry died Monday at a Tyler hospital.
He was born July 28, 1948, in Tyler to the late John A. Berry Sr. and Lois Elizabeth Fleming Berry.
He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Mr. Berry owned and operated convenience stores in the area for 30 years. He had served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam and was an active leader in Boy Scouts.
He is survived by his wife, Zoe Ann Berry of Palestine; son, John Andrew Berry III of Dallas; brother David Russell McMichael of Arp; sisters, Carol Ann Ballard of Dallas, Jonie Beth Berry and Lois Evelyn Sawyer, both of Tyler, and Shirley Ann Crawford of San Antonio.
Pallbearers were Larry Davis, Joel Brumley, Wilson Dew, David McMichael, Burt Guy, Bob Lee, Michael Gaines and Tucker Farris. Honorary pallbearers were members of Adult IV Mens' Sunday School Class at Southside Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 823, Palestine, Texas 75802 or Southside Baptist Church Building Fund, 1500 Crockett Road, Palestine, Texas 75801.