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Gaines, Fred Earl - Tyler  
Services for Fred Earl Gaines, 80, of Tyler are scheduled for 1:30pm, Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Lloyd James Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Jones officiating. Entombment will be in Rusk County Memorial Gardens in Henderson. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6-8:00pm at the funeral home. Mr. Gaines passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 in Tyler. He was born on February 14, 1936 in Atlantic, Iowa to the late Max Harold E. and Colleen E. Bailey Gaines. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Tripoli from 1954-1956, retired from the Texas Department of Corrections and had been a resident of Tyler since 2003. Here he was an active member of Green Acres Baptist Church where he volunteered and was trained and served in the Stephen Ministry. He was also a volunteer at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, LaWanna Gaines, his son, Freddy Harold Gaines and his brother, Corkey Gaines. He is survived by his daughter, Merita Fleming of Amarillo; sons, Curtis Fletcher and wife Brenda of Henderson and Keith Fletcher of Marshall; sister, Judy Goode of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are Brandon Fletcher, Eric Fletcher, Dennis Fletcher and Darwin Fletcher.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 25, 2016
Sawyer, Tommy Eugene - Arlington  
Tommy Sawyer was born in Stamford, Texas on October 8th, 1933, to parents Alton and Marie Sawyer, and passed away on May 22nd, 2016. In 1952, Tommy graduated from Birdville High School where he was the district's leading scorer in basketball. He attended Tyler Junior College on a basketball scholarship, and was recently inducted into the Sports Circle of Honor. It was at TJC that he met the most wonderful and kindest love of his life, Gwendolyn Ann Pietzsch. They married in 1954, then transferred to Texas A&M where Tom was a member of the varsity basketball team. Tommy served as a teacher, a coach and a Distributive Education (CTE) Coordinator in Grand Prairie ISD for 34 years. While teaching, he obtained a Master's Degree from UNT, and was a candidate for the TAMU Notable Graduates. He was involved in the Noon Lion's Club, the Hella Shrine, where he was editor of the Camel's Calf, and was a 32nd degree Mason. He regularly wrote trivia and numismatic columns for various newspapers. He greatly enjoyed officiating high school and college basketball games via the Dallas Basketball Officials Association, and being a judge in both state and national Golden Gloves. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gwendolyn Sawyer, their children: Suzanne Sylvester, William (Mary), Don (Pamela), and Greg Sawyer; and, their grandchildren: Shannon Sawyer, and Russell and Alyssa Sylvester. His wit and his counsel will be missed dearly. Services will be held at CrossPoint Church of Christ at 11 am, Saturday, May 28th, and memorials will be accepted at the CrossPoint Building Fund: 3020 Bardin Rd, Grand Prairie, Texas
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 25, 2016
Scott, Dr. John William - Mineola  
Services for Dr. John W. Scott of Mineola are scheduled for 2:00 PM Thursday May 26, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Mineola with Reverend Bobbi Maltas officiating under the direction of Lowe Funeral Home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Mineola. Dr. Scott died May 23, 2016, in Smith County. He was born November 4, 1923, in San Antonio. He was a graduate of Harlandale High School, San Antonio, and attended Trinity University and the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Baylor University, College of Dentistry, where he was a member of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. He practiced dentistry in Mineola from January 2, 1952, to November 4, 2015. He was a member of the American Dental Association, a Life Member of the Texas State Dental Association, and a member of the East Texas Dental Association. He served his country in World War II for 3 1/2 years in the US Air Force, European theatre. He married Mary Katherine Smith in 1950, and the couple moved to Mineola in 1952. Dr. Scott was a member of the Mineola Independent School Board of Trustees from 1964-1976. He served as board secretary from 1966-1969, and board president from 1969-1976. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mineola, serving as board chairman and lay leader for many years. Dr. Scott also taught Sunday school for a number of years and was choir director for ten years. He served as president of Gideons International Wood County Camp. He was a member of the Royal Hunting Club for many years. He is preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Scott, in 2014. He is survived by his two sons, Bob Scott and wife Sheila of Big Sandy, and Bill Scott and wife LaJuan of Lindale; and four grandchildren, Katie Scott of Lindale, Will Scott Jr. and wife Jessica of Austin, Jessica Newlin of Longview, and Cheyenna Johnson of Big Sandy. Family will receive friends on Wednesday May 25, from 6-8 PM at Lowe Funeral Home. Dr. Scott loved and served his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, his family, and his fellow man. To God be the glory!
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 25, 2016
Williams, Robert Wayne - Overton  
Memorial services for Robert Wayne Williams, 57, Overton, will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 28, in the Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home chapel. Mr. Williams passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Gilmer. He was born May 4, 1959 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania to the late Robert and Shirley Bailey Williams. He is a veteran of the US Army and married Nancy Lynn Lyons June 21, 1989. They moved to the Arp/ Overton area twenty-five years ago from Pasadena, Texas and he worked as a welder for Baker Tank, Arp for 25 years and was currently employed by Consolidated Fabrications of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He enjoyed his farm and his animals and was a wonderful grandfather and very loved by his grandchildren and family and he will be very missed by all. Besides her parents, he was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Nyoma Ellen Decker Featherston. Survivors includes wife, Nancy Williams, Overton; a daughter, Robin Williams; his mother who raised him, Diane Williams, New Smyrna Beach, Florida; a brother, Bruce Williams; two sisters, Anissa Faye Williams, Maryville, California and Alissa Raye Williams, Summer, Connecticut; three grandchildren, Kayla Featherston, Summer Williams, and Christian Featherston. Online registration and condolences are available at www.cottlefuneralhome.com
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 25, 2016

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Hilliard, William Matthew "Matt" - Lake City, Florida  
William Matthew Hilliard, age 41, of Lake City, Florida, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. Matt was born January 29, 1975 in San Angelo. Most of his life was spent in Tyler and Bullard, where he graduated from Bullard High School in 1994. He graduated from Jacksonville (Florida) Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Academy in 2005 and worked as a deputy sheriff in Baker County, Florida. Matt loved anything that involved being outdoors in nature. He was happiest when he was with his girls, family and friends sharing stories and laughter. He loved listening to blues and acoustical guitar. Matt was fiercely loyal, never met a stranger, and was extremely proud of his native Texas roots. Matt was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Bill Hilliard; his maternal grandparents Curtis and Iris Trevathan. Matt is survived by his wife, Kari of Lake City, Florida; his children, Sara Kaitlyn, Natalie, Emily, and Caroline of Keystone Heights, Florida; parents, Mike and Debbie (Trevathan) Hilliard of College Station; brother, Michael (Yao) Hilliard of Brownsboro; sister, Lindsey (Jason) Edwards of Aledo, TX; paternal grandmother, Margaret Hilliard of Tyler; nephews, Tommy Hilliard and Jack Edwards; and nieces, Erin Edwards and Paige Hilliard. A private family service is pending Matt's return to his beloved Texas. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Matt's memory to the Hunting for Heroes organization ( http://www.huntingforheroes.org ) or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 24, 2016
James, Ronie G. - Larue  
A visitation will be held for Ronie Glyn James on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. Memorial services will be held at Forest Grove Baptist Church on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. with Bro. Frankie McDaniel officiating. Ronie Glyn James was born August 3, 1944 in LaPort, Texas and passed away at the age of 71 on May 21, 2016 in Chandler. He had been a resident of Larue, Texas for 8 years, formerly living in Olathe, Kansas. He served in the US Air Force and worked in pest control for many years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Adell James; father, Raymound James; and brother, Billy Ray James. Survivors include his wife, Linda S. James of Larue; three children and their spouses, John & Shawna James, Stephen & Elizabeth James, and Susan & Martin Holtsclaw; brothers, Walter James and David James; sister, Leta James Walker; and seven grandchildren, Dustin James, Clifton James, Blake James, Cody Holtsclaw, Amy James, Elliana James and Sarah James.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 24, 2016
Jones, Elgerstein - New York, New York  
Services for Elgerstein Jones, 68, of New York, New York will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 11:00 AM at Ernest Sterling Memorial Chapel, Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors with Rev. Reginald Garrett eulogist. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Brooks Sterling & Garrett Funeral Directors. Elgerstein Jones was the second child born to the marriage union of Lenton Angus Jones and Electra Jones, April 15, 1948. She would grow up in their loving and nuturing home, the middle of three girls. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized both as a child and an adult in New York City. She attended school in New York City and graduated high school at the age of 16. She graduated Magnum Cum Laud from the New York City University completing both Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Ms. Jones worked as a Language Arts teacher in the Department of Education of the City of New York. Elgerstein retired in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lenton and Electra Jones. She is survived by her sisters, Barbara Jones of Delaware and Monnie Jean Jones-Duodu of New York City; neice Robin Graves and grand nephew Luke Matthew Tisdale and grandneice Elisabeth Zipporah Tisdale of Delaware. She also leaves many cousins, extended family and friends. Public viewing at the funeral home Noon - 7:00 PM.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 24, 2016
Laney, Murl - Troup  
Graveside services for Murl R. Laney, 91 of Troup, will be held 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Bradford Cemetery in Troup. Reverend Tracy Wright will be officiating the service under the direction of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup. Murl Laney passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016. He was born August 20, 1924 in Jacksonville, Texas to the late John Harmon Laney and Viola McElyea. Murl was someone who truly enjoyed visiting with people and giving his produce away. He spent most of his time farming, fishing and hunting. He was a kind person and will be missed. Murl is preceded in death by his wife, Flossie Laney; his parents; sisters, Ruby Garvin Knight and Opal Hearon; brothers, Herman Laney, Marcell Laney, James Laney and Johnny Laney; son, John Edward 'Eddie' Laney and great granddaughter Lynae. Survivors include his sons, Jimmy Laney & wife Janet of Arp, Bobby Laney & wife Susan of Mixon, Paul Laney & wife Lori of Jacksonville, Jerry Laney and Terry Laney both of Troup; his daughter, Jana Tarver & husband George of Troup; brother Mack Laney of Tyler; sister Winnie Fred Van Patton of Miltadis, CA; 16 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Honorary Pallbearers are Josh Laney, Jamie Laney, Brandon Davis, Doug Laney, Shay Laney and Trace Davis. The family will receive friends and loved ones on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Cottle Funeral Home in Troup. Online registration and condolences are available at www.cottlefuneralhome.com
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 24, 2016

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Van Schoick, Rebecca Elizabeth "Becca" - Watkinsville, Ga  
The precious soul of Rebecca Elizabeth Van Schoick left its earthly home on May 21, 2016, after a lifelong battle with Friedreichs ataxia . Rebecca was born in Houston, Texas on August 20, 1982. Her early years were spent in Texas, New Jersey, Tennessee, and France. She graduated as valedictorian from Grace Community School, Tyler, Texas in 2001 and from the University of Norte Dame in 2005. Becca is survived by her parents Bob and Nelda Van Schoick of Watkinsville, sisters Robbi Van Schoick and Katie Kilch (Kyle), and newborn niece Anne Elizabeth Kilch. Becca met challenges with fierce determination and had goals that often seemed impossible to those around her. She loved her dog Kringle, the beauty and meaning of Nature, and her family and friends. She was a fan of the Fighting Irish and considered her 4 years at Norte Dame the best of her life. Services will be held at Village Hall at the Georgia Club at 4:00pm on Wednesday, May 25. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers please donate in Becca's memory to: Friedreichs Ataxia Research Alliance-FARA, 533 Uwchlan Ave, Downington Pennsylvania,19335, www.Curefa.org Or University of Notre Dame, Department of Development-Attn:Sara Bea Disability Services, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame. IN `46556. Lord and Stephens West is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 23, 2016

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Beard, Floy Winnell "Nell" - Lindale  
Visitation for Floy Winnell "Nell" Beard, 88, of Lindale, will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home. Family will have private services. Mrs. Beard passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2016, in Tyler. She was born August 3, 1927, in Nancy, Texas, to Seth Floyd and Rutha Harvey Porter. Nell was married September 17, 1945, to Dorcey Darrell Beard in Lufkin. She was a church of Christ member, and Alpha Chi Honor Society. She graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a bachelor of science in education. Floy was teacher at East Texas Christian Academy and retired in 1996. Nell was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her infant son, three sisters and one brother. She is survived by her loving family including her daughter, Gay Lynn Beard, of Madison, Alabama; son, Timothy Dorcey Beard and wife Georgia, of Hideaway; grandchildren, Timothy Dorcey Beard II, of Hideaway, Kyle Seth Beard and wife Luz, of Montgomery, Alabama, and Ashley Dawn Sheppard and husband Brian, of Forney; and five great-grandchildren. If desired, memorials may be made to Christian Services of East Texas, 13359 State Highway 155 S., Tyler, 75703.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 22, 2016
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