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Funeral services for Gwendolyn Cook Boyett, age 97, of Frankston, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at Frankston Church of Christ. Interment will be in Frankston City Cemetery with Minister Don Canter officiating. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. Mrs. Boyett passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Frankston. Gwendolyn was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Frankston to Granville and Mae Billingsley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. Gwen enjoyed visiting with sisters and family on the front porch. She was preceded in death by parents; first husband, J.M. "Gotch" Cook; second husband, Harold Boyett; sister, Dixie Cox; and brother, Marsh "Red" Billingsley. Survivors include her son, Mike Cook and wife Rilea, of Frankston; daughter, Kay McDonald and husband Roger, of Frankston; son, Pat Cook and wife Rose, of Houston; sister, Reba Hicks and husband JC, of Frankston; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Wade Cook, Trent Cook, Keith McDonald, Kevin McDonald, Peter Kuczkowski and Joe Hicks. Viewing will begin on Thursday, April 17, 2014, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. Rather than customary condolences, donations in memory of Gwendolyn Cook Boyett may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation, 1402 Rice Road, Suite 100, Tyler, 75703; Rainbow House Food Pantry, P.O. Box 355, Frankston, 75763; Frankston City Cemetery, P.O. Box 176, Frankston, 75763; or a charity of choice. Read Obituary
Funeral services for Grace Cheatham, 96, of Edgewood, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Edgewood with Pastor Jim Ballard officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Edgewood und-er the direction of Hiett's LyBrand Funeral Home in Edgewood. Grace passed away April 14, 2014, in Canton. Alicia "Grace" Cheatham was born June 29, 1917, in Edgewood to Jesse J. and Blanche Johnson Rockenbaugh. As a lifelong Edgewood resident, she graduated from Edgewood High School and furthered her education acquiring a master's degree from North Texas State Teacher's College. Grace went on to teach English at Edgewood for more than 40 years. She was also a counselor and friend to her students, whom she loved and cared for very much. Grace retired in the mid '70s. On Feb. 15, 1941, Grace became the wife of Thomas Cheatham. She was a loving wife and mother who was well known for her pie-making skills. Her children came home to a fresh-baked pie every day and every time they were home after they were grown and moved away. Grace became a member of First Baptist Church in Edgewood on Jan. 1, 1929, where she taught Sunday school for many years. Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Blanche Rockenbaugh; husband, Thomas Cheatham; son, David Cheatham; grandson, Christopher Cheatham; sister, Edith McAllister; and brother, James Ray Rockenbaugh. She is survived by son, Charles Cheatham and wife Diane, of Dallas; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Cheatham Thorn and husband Allan, of Fruitvale; grandchildren, Shelly Elston, Kyle Cheatham, Brent Cheatham and Caren Cheatham; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hiett's LyBrand Funeral Home in Edgewood. Read Obituary
A celebration of a nation's hero, a community's citizen, and a much beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, retired United States Marine Corps Maj. Jerry A. Edwards, will be held this Friday, April 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Lowe Funeral Home, Quitman. Visitation will be Thursday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Jerry served his country for 20 years, including two tours of Vietnam, where he was commended as an exemplary warrior with the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, to name a few. His second career was serving his local community as the executive director of the Mineola Housing Authority for 30 years. Other notable mentions include: president of the Wood County Historical Society; city councilman, Wood County Emergency Management Plan developer; First Baptist Church Choir member and cherished song leader at the Heritage Nursing Home for many years. He would want you to know that every day is a holiday and that nothing in life that's easy is worth a darn. He impressed upon his children that today is another day to excel. He believed in working hard and at the end of that day, there was nothing better than a bowl of old-fashioned, hand-cranked homemade ice cream. Jerry was born on Nov. 4, 1937, in Greenville, and was preceded in death by Ollie Roy Jr. and Mary Pauline Edwards; and his brother, Roy Jr. Edwards. His grandmother, Sara Olga Wright, married to A.G Wright and left a widow, raised her children through the Great Depression by serving as one of the first teachers in Wood County and boarding students in the "house on Billy Goat Hill." Jerry, his wife, Pilar, and their three children, Vanessa Lynn, Mary Pauline and Oliver Lee, moved to Quitman and restored that old venerable house on the hill. Jerry is survived by his wife, Pilar; first child, Vanessa and her husband Dan; second child, Mary Pauline and her husband Daniel; and third child, Oliver, his wife Sharon, and their two children - prized grandchildren - Luke and Lauren. There will never be another who has the true grit, the Barney Miller/Benny Hill sense of humor, the big voice with one heck of a laugh, the humble heart and the hardened but constant character of Jerry A. Edwards. We will miss him dearly. We know that God took him past those pearly gates where he will enjoy one heck of a reunion with long passed Edwards family members. You are our sunshine. Semper Fidelis, Marine! Read Obituary
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Billie Jean "Jeanie" Tunnell, 81, of Oklahoma City, Okla., passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jeanie was born on Oct. 23, 1932, in Tyler to Coplen and Leota Bailey. She married the love of her life, Dr. Ira Tunnell, on April 28, 1951, in Tyler. Jeanie was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, raising four children. She was a hands-on mother whose passion was watching her children and grandchildren compete in sports. She was their biggest fan in sports and in life. She was a Godly woman who read scripture every morning and was a member of the Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Okla. Jeanie is survived by her husband, Ira Tunnell, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four children, Ed Tunnell and wife Trina, of Hawkins, Deadra Gage and husband Mike, of Corsicana, Lee Tunnell and wife Bea, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Jena Tunnell, of Denton. She is also survived by her grandsons, Nathan Tunnell and wife Shawna, of Lindale, Zachary Tunnell and wife Deanna, of Cisco, James Tunnell, of Oklahoma City, Okla., John Gage, of Corsicana; granddaughters, Sarah Tunnell, of Tyler, Julie and husband Cliff Williams, of Willis, Emily and husband Nathan Fite, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Debbie and husband Heath Sanches, of Corsicana, Natalie Tunnell and fiancé Cole Cleveland of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Jessica Tunnell, of Oklahoma City, Okla. Her great-grandchildren are Tristan Tunnell, Noah Tunnell, Coplen Tunnell, Bethany Tunnell, Carter Williams, Caroline Williams, Autrey Golden, Beckett Fite, Owen Fite, Riley Sanches and Casyn Sanches. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler. Visitation will be on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Read Obituary
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