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Aber, Joyce - Whitehouse  
Joyce Aber died peacefully in her sleep early Saturday morning, Aug. 1, 2015, at the age of 87. Joyce was born in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania, on Nov. 11, 1927. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Ondako Bracken and Walker Ira Bracken; brother, Robert; and grandson, Cody Grissom. Joyce was the beloved mother of her children, David Aber (Gwen), Linda Aber Cruz, Cynthia Aber and Sandra Aber; grandmother of Dana Aber, Drew Aber, Tiffany Cruz, Paxton Cruz and Courtney Jennings; and great-grandmother of Cody James Jennings. She was a member of the University Christian Church at the time of her death and enjoyed her many friends at TASCA and spending the early hours of the mornings outside surrounded by her gardens with her little dog, Ringo. Services are scheduled for Tuesday morning, Aug. 4, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Lloyd James Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Byrd officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., prior to the service. Burial will be in Whitehouse Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University Christian Church, 3500 Old Omen Road, Tyler, 75707.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 2, 2015
Aten Steel, Bertie Gene - Tyler  
Services for Bertie Gene Aten Steel, 87, of Tyler, will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Sherman Mayfield officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Memorial Park in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Mrs. Steel passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Tyler. She was born July 4, 1928, in Tyler to Rev. Floyd E. Aten, Sr. and Anna Belle Clark Aten. Bertie was a member of Westwood Baptist Church. She graduated from Tyler High School. She enjoyed spending time reading her Bible and watching the Texas Rangers win. Bertie was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Steel, Sr.; parents; four sisters; and five brothers. She is survived by her loving family including, children Gloria Gilley and husband James, Carolyn Blackstone and husband Dale, Glenda Acord and husband David, and Melvin Steel, Jr. and wife Rose Mary; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; special friends Mary Beth Holder, Thelma Hunt and Juanita Duran; and her pet, Misty. Honorary pallbearers will be Landie Steel, Ryan Acord, Heath Adams, Bobby Adams, Howard Dickerson, Ronnie McClenny, Mike Smith, Joe Wayne Jones, grandsons and great-grandsons. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler. If desired, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123, Meals on Wheels, 3001 Robertson Rd., Tyler, 75701, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 2, 2015
Fisher, Roy "Kirk" - Tyler  
Services for Roy "Kirk" Fisher, 84, of Tyler, will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Chaplin Kenneth Sommerville officiating. Burial will follow at Cathedral in the Pines in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Kirk Fisher died peacefully Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Tyler. He was born March 8, 1931, in White Oak, the son of Ralph and Rosa Belle Fisher. He grew up in Hallsville and graduated from Hallsville High School in 1948. He followed his brother Kenneth's footsteps to the University of Texas at Austin. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After getting out of the service, he met Marlene Goehring and the rest was history. He and Marlene were married on Sept. 4, 1954, in Longview. He returned to the University of Texas and then received a degree from Stephen F. Austin University in accounting. They had one daughter, Lauren "Lauri" Fisher in 1963. Kirk Fisher loved working and the people he met through his work. He first worked for Q. C. Murphy, CPA, Trice Production Company, and International Helium before going into private practice in the late 1960s. He became a successful self-employed accountant, serving his clients for over 30 years, particularly enjoying his oil and gas work. He lived in Longview for the majority of his adult life until he and Marlene moved to Tyler in 2004 to be closer to Lauri and her family. He is predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Rosa Belle Fisher, and his brother, Kenneth Fisher. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Goehring Fisher; daughter, Lauren "Lauri" Fisher Perry and her husband Mark Lewis; granddaughter Sarah Elise Perry; sister-in-law Thelma Fisher; nephews Craig Fisher, Paul Fisher and Derek Fisher, and their families; and cousins Kate Kutch Gooden, Kyle Kutch, and Clay Kutch. Kirk Fisher was a diehard Longhorn and Longview Lobos fan. He and his wife also enjoyed watching Texas Rangers games. He was a man who put his family first - the epitome of a husband, father, and grandfather. He would do anything to help others, and he always had a smile on his face. He never met a stranger. He attended every sporting event of his granddaughter, Sarah, and he was loved by her teammates. He was loved and respected by all that knew him throughout his life. He spent the last year and a half living in the memory care unit at Meadow Lake Senior Living Community in Tyler, where he was a beloved resident. He regularly greeted staff and his caregivers there with a hearty "Hook 'Em Horns!" Special love and appreciation to the staff at Meadow Lake memory care, especially UC, Lindsey, Sharonda, Peace, Margaret, Newton and Arecelia, and Heart to Heart Hospice, especially Kelli and Beverly. If desired, one may give a memoriam to the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County, 211 Winchester, Tyler, 75701, to help others who suffer from Lewy Body and other forms of dementia. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 2, 2015
Jackson, Vaughan - Chapel Hill  
Vaughan Jackson, 84, of Chapel Hill, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Tyler. Vaughan, a retired rancher, was born on July 4, 1931, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Kent and Martha Jackson. He grew up and attended school in Little Rock. He then attended Little Rock Junior College; he then enlisted in the Air Force and served in Vietnam. While a cadet, he met Delia Marie Oder and they married on May 23, 1953, in Gladewater. During his military service, he received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland graduating in Tokyo. Following his military service he worked as a parole officer, in the oil field and also a rancher. He is survived by his wife, Marie Jackson, of Chapel Hill; sons, Alan Jackson and his wife Teresa, of Chapel Hill; Milton Jackson Jr., of Chapel Hill; daughter, Kathryn and her husband David Brazzel, of Chapel Hill; brother, David and his wife Linda Jackson, of Bryant, Arkansas; sister, Patsy and her husband Gip Robertson, of N. Little Rock, Arkansas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home, 12053 State Highway 64 West, Tyler. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2015, at Fairwood United Methodist Church, 1712 Old Omen Rd., Tyler, with the Rev. Ben West officiating. Private graveside services will be in Tyler Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairwood United Methodist Church Fund, 1712 Old Omen Road, Tyler, 75701.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 2, 2015
Magness, Jimmy Dan - Jacksonville  
Funeral services for Jimmy Dan Magness, age 64, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Lester Foreman officiating. Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Jacksonville. He passed away on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Tyler. Jimmy was born Oct. 2, 1950, in Matador, to Jim F. and Billie Jean Birdwell Magness. He worshipped in the Assembly of God fellowship, and worked as a machinist. He was preceded in death by his father; sister, Marilyn "Krisy" McGee; and a brother, Danny Wayne Magness. Survivors include his mother, Billie Jean Magness, Jacksonville; son, Jimmy W. Magness, of Covington, Oklahoma; daughter, Christy Magness, of Hendersonville, Tennessee; sister, Kathy Watkins and husband Philip, of Jacksonville; brothers, Randy Magness and wife Jill of Trinity, and Jim F. Magness, II and wife Becky, of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Chase Jordan Magness and Drake Leir Magness; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Randy Magness, Philip Watkins, Donald Sebastian and Jim F. Magness, II. Visitation will begin on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. You are cordially invited to visit with Jimmy's family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the evening at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 2, 2015
Van Antwerp, Catharine Frances (Quiett) - Bullard  
Catharine Frances (Quiett) Van Antwerp, of Bullard and White Sulphur Springs, Montana, passed away on July 27, 2015, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. A celebration of her life will be held in Bullard on Aug. 8, 2015, at Eagle's Bluff Country Club. Cathy had a love and passion for the game of golf and enjoyed mah jong with her friends; we will honor her by dressing in casual, golfing, or mah jong attire. Cathy was born in Bloomington, Illinois, on June 6, 1946. She graduated from Bloomington High School, earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois, and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of North Texas. Cathy was married to Joel Van Antwerp on June 10, 1967; they were married for 48 years. Cathy worked as a real estate broker in the Dallas area, and served on the board of trustees for the Little Elm Independent School District. After moving to East Texas, she became an avid golfer, and served as president of the Ladies' Golf Association at Emerald Bay Country Club. She was also active in the LGA at Eagle's Bluff and in Junior Golf at both Emerald Bay and Eagle's Bluff. Cathy enjoyed mah jong, travel, collecting antiques, and visiting with family and friends. She especially loved exploring the Montana countryside. Her other creative and athletic pursuits included water skiing; spinning, weaving, and knitting; and long walks with her beloved dogs. Cathy is survived by her husband Joel; son, Daniel; daughter, Kimberly; sister Elizabeth Rodrian and her husband John, and their daughters Lisa and Amy and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin Verlie and Maxine Quiett, of Bloomington, Illinois. Of particular importance to Cathy was spreading the word about how to recognize symptoms of ovarian cancer. This September, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will be launching Cathy's Project, an initiative that will place awareness posters in every gynecologist's office in the United States. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition or the charity of the giver's choice. Cathy's family wishes to thank The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in Dallas and The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler for their caring assistance during Cathy's battle with cancer.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 2, 2015

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Brown, Ilene Ray - Canton  
Services for Ilene Ray Brown, 90, of Canton, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at 3 p.m. at Eubank Funeral Home Chapel. Bro Jim Leach will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Haven of Memories, Canton. Mrs. Brown passed away July 30, 2015, at The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. Mrs. Brown was born July 2, 1925, to Robert Lee Ray and Edith Beatrice Leach Ray of Wallace Community. After graduating from Canton High School in 1941, she attended Westminster College and was salutatorian of her class. She then went to Mary Hardin Baylor and received a degree in elementary education. Her teaching career, which spanned 33 years, began in small rural schools during World War II. After graduating from college, she began teaching fifth grade in Seagoville. When she and her husband, Doug, moved back to Wallace in 1960, Mrs. Brown first taught at Ben Wheeler and then Canton. She especially loved first graders and cherished the years she spent teaching them. She often said that first graders were loving and eager to learn. She took pride in watching them as they began to read and write. Although she never had children of her own, Mrs. Brown would tell anyone that she had helped raise hundreds of children. Mrs. Brown was married to Doug for 66 years until his death in 2010. They wed during World War II when Doug was a 19 year old sailor and Ilene was an 18 year old teacher. During most of their marriage, they lived in Wallace. They were long time members of Wallace Methodist Church. Through her volunteer work in the church and community, Mrs. Brown was always thinking of others. Many hours were spent sending cards, baking and carrying food and helping with whatever needed to be done in the church. She and Doug were also involved in Alcoholics Anonymous for 36 years. They founded two AA chapters in Van Zandt County, with Ilene being instrumental in leading the Al-Anon group. When she was 86 years old, Mrs. Brown felt called to write a book about her and Doug's life. It took her two years to complete the project. Her book, "A World War II Story of Love and Survival," was published in 2014. It gave her great pleasure to give copies of the book to family and friends. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, the Rev. Edwin Ray; and two sisters, Sue Ray Nixon and Janell Ray Walter. Survivors include sisters, Marjorie Dove and husband Doyle, of Colfax, and Gwen Reaves, of Athens; and sister-in-law, Jean Ray of Canton. Additionally she is survived by many nieces and nephews. Her nephews will serve as pallbearers. Family will receive friends Saturday, August 1, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 1, 2015
Fortune, Michael Douglas - Lubbock  
Michael Douglas Fortune left from this world on July 18, 2015, at the age of 41 in Bridgeport. He was born on May 27, 1974, in Lubbock. He spent his early childhood in Big Spring and then relocated with his family to Tyler in 1988. He graduated from John Tyler High School in 1992, where he was active in the ROTC. He then entered the Army immediately after graduation and served at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Polk, Louisiana. After being discharged from the Army, he worked all over the United States at various jobs. He served time in Bosnia as a laundry and bath specialist supporting the troops for Brown and Root, worked as an over-the-road trucker, did a stint as a deep-sea fisherman, and was an insurance adjuster in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. After being medically disabled, Michael enjoyed traveling and living life to the fullest. He never met a stranger and would give his shirt off his back to anyone who asked for help. Michael accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, in his teens at First Church of the Nazarene in Big Spring. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, of Bridgeport; and children, Jimmy Fortune, of Tyler, Austin, Ashleigh and Zoe, of Rusk, Noah Blanchard, of St. Martin, Louisiana, Analeisha Fortune, of Dayton, Ohio, Brianna Fortune, of Bridgeport; parents, Jim and Dixie Fortune, of Tyler; siblings, Michelle and Brian Bridges, of Tyler, Brandi and Peyton Luther, of Conroe, Billy and Samantha Fortune, of Tyler, and Eric and Ashley Fortune, of Whitehouse; his aunt, Dena and Fred John, of Tyler; 13 nephews and nieces. Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Lilah Coleman and Theodore Douglas and Mary Fortune, Big Spring, and stepson, Brant Boatman, Bridgeport.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 1, 2015
Rogers, Timmy Alan - Tyler  
Timmy Alan Rogers was born April 20, 1956, in Bakersfield, California, and passed away at the age of 59 on July 20, 2015, in Tyler. He was a business broker in Sacramento California for many years, where he will be remembered for his hard work, leadership and success. Tim was a truly amazing man who touched the lives of everyone he met. He was a devoted father, husband and brother, and loved the Lord Jesus Christ, and will be remembered for so many things. He loved to cook and he enjoyed a nice cigar every now and then. His smile lit up the room. Someone recently told me 4 1/2 minutes with him would leave him in your heart for a lifetime. What most people don't know is that he wrote beautiful poetry and here's one I think that you will enjoy. The strength of two Sometimes the journey is difficult and thoughts seem stuck in the past. Somehow at your lowest point you maintain grace quality and class. When friends betray and life's cold hand seems most unfair. You find a way to hold your head high and refuse to participate in despair. As you experience painful trials and attempts to break your soul, There are a few things of hope you very much need to know. I walk beside you always and will never let you go. Should life cause you to stumble and you feel the need to crawl, I will quietly hold you up and never allow you to fall. Your strength feeds my strength; your example is precise and clear. I will never leave your side and there's nothing ever to fear. Survivors include his wife, Tammy Rogers, of Tyler; seven children, Susan Harless, Timothy Rogers, Chris Rogers, Billy Ratcliff, Alisha McClain, Crystal Rogers and Scott Rogers; his mother, Shirley Joann Shank; five siblings, Earl Shank, Karen Haraka, Audrey Vestel, Sherry Willingham and Teri Nichols; and 13 grandchildren. If desired memorial donations may be made to W. Tyler Dialysis Center, 3600 W. Erwin Street, Tyler, 75702. No services will be held at his request.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 1, 2015
Stovall, Connie - Jacksonville  
Funeral services for Connie Stovall, age 78, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2015, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Jerry Carroll officiating. Interment will be at Still Waters Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Jacksonville. Connie was born March 12, 1937, in Jacksonville to Ted and Anita Stovall. He was a Christian and a member of Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Connie owned and operated Stovall's Exxon for 26 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gerry Stovall; daughter, Becky Stovall; stepdaughters, Carrie Ann Chandler and Kimberly Lindsey. Survivors include his sons, Scott Stovall and wife Rene, of Troup, Brian Stovall, of Florida, and Shane Stovall; daughter, C.J. Carpenter and husband Greg, of Rusk; stepson, Kenneth Loftin and wife Shawn, of Jacksonville; stepdaughters, Kelly Lindsey, of Jacksonville, Janna Trotter and husband David, of Jacksonville; 19 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Scott Stovall, Brian Stovall, Shane Stovall, Scottie Stovall, Greg Carpenter and Justin Mullins. Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Berryhill, Eric Smith, Kelby Smith, Christian Stovall, John Cole and Wilson Welch. Visitation will begin on Sunday, August 2, 2015, with family receiving friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 1, 2015
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