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Carraway, Mildred Agnes - Tyler  
Feb. 27, 1939 ~ Feb. 21, 2015 Mildred Agnes Carraway , 75, a retired hotel manager passed away from natural causes Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at her home in Tyler. A memorial celebration will be on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Deborah Hailey, 14963 Texas Highway 31 East, Tyler, 75705. Mrs. Carraway was the widow of Charles Bennett Carraway . She is survived by her loving family including, sister, Mary Thomas, of Monroe, Louisiana; daughter, Deborah Hailey and son-in-law William Hailey, of Tyler; sons, Nickey Evans and daughter-in-law Krisy Evans, of Corinth, Mississippi, William Evans and daughter-in-law, Anita Evans, of Greenville, Mississippi; 10 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 5, 2015
Cunningham, Wanda - Blackjack  
Funeral services for Wanda Casey Cunningham, age 88, of Blackjack, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, in McDonald Cemetery in New Summerfield. Services are under direction of Autry Funeral Home Chapel, Jacksonville. Wanda Casey Cunningham passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015, in Jacksonville. She was born April 5, 1926, to Roland Hill and Annie Tankersley Casey in New Summerfield. She graduated from New Summerfield High School in 1943. During the last years of World War II, she worked for Western Union as a relief operator. After the war, she returned to East Texas and began to work for Nan Travis Clinic. She worked in administrative positions for Nan Travis Clinic until it closed in the early 1980s. She continued a career in medical practice management until the 1990s. Her primary goal during her working years was to ensure her children completed their college education. After retiring, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of obtaining her own college degree from California Coast University in January 1998 at the age of 71. Her family was the focus of her life. She was a positive role model for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many other people whose lives she touched. She taught them the importance of working hard; never giving up; respecting all people regardless of race, religion, or personal beliefs; and, most importantly, learning to think for oneself. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Cunningham; parents; two sisters, Dorothy Darby and Betty Fern Wiggins; and two brothers, Horace and Elmer Casey. She is survived by her sons, Casey Cunningham and wife Michelle, of Houston, Joe Cunningham and wife Ariana, of Whitehouse; daughters, Judy McKinney and husband George, of Blackjack, Jo Lynn Cunningham, of Knoxville, Tennessee; a sister, Jo Horn and husband Glynn, of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Tammy Vierkant and husband Matthew, Debbie McKinney, Amy McMillen Jay and husband Brian, T.J. McKinney and wife Janet, Chip Cunningham, Austin, Waylon, Luke, Sam and Hatch Cunningham; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Tanner McKinney, Vivianne Jay, Cason McKinney, Caleb, Jacob and Valerie Vierkant; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Friday, March 6, 2015, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Rather than customary condolences, the family request memorials be made to Azleway Boys Ranch and Children's Services, 15892 CR 26, Tyler, 75707-9136 or www.azleway.org.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 5, 2015
High, Patricia - Fort Worth  
Patricia Moseley High died at home on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle will be the celebrant. The interment service will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2015, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waco. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Paul's Episcopal Day School in Waco, St. Mark's Episcopal School in Houston, Camp Allen, Tyler Day Nursery, or Thistle Farms. Pat was born in Seminole, Oklahoma, on March 17, 1942. She graduated from Wichita Falls High School and The University of Texas at Austin. While her husband attended seminary, Pat worked for the Smithsonian astrophysical observatory tracking satellites in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pat also spent many years as a teacher. Pat was a member of the Junior League in various cities and started the Meals on Wheels program at St. Paul's Church, Waco, where she served as coordinator for 15 years. She served on a number of Altar Guilds and was a member of the Master Gardeners in Tyler. Survivors include her husband, Right Rev. Rayford B. High Jr., D.D.; sister, Nancy Dominy and husband Jim; sister-in-law, Lou Cloninger and husband Harris; children, Allison High Shapard and husband Scott, Leslie High Bracken and Rayford B. High III and wife Lauren; grandchildren, Riley Bracken, Jack and Elizabeth Shapard and Lilly, Thompson and Carter High; and nieces and nephews. Arrangements are with Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home and Crematory, 702 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, 76104. 817-336-0345.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 5, 2015
Messer, Rosa - Tyler  
Funeral services for Rosa Messer, age 85, of Tyler, will be 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home with burial in Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery. Miss Messer was born on Feb. 18, 1930, in Woodville, Oklahoma, to B.R. and Elmina Belle Lawhorn Messer and went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2015, succumbing to pneumonia peacefully at The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. She graduated from Tyler High School and became the bookkeeper for Thompson-Hills Nursery. Rose Loved her church and the members of Southside Church loved her and made sure to take her to church when she could go. Loving to read, they supplied her with books and encouragement. She deeply enjoyed the Wednesday night services Central Baptist Church provided at Pinecrest Nursing Home. Miss Messer is survived by a sister, Ruby Camp and husband J.C.; nephews, Dwayne Odom, James Hardin, Ron and Randy Camp, Jerry Gwin; and nieces, Donna Libhart, Mary Helen Wyble and Jodie Andrews. She also had many great-nieces and great-nephews. Miss Messer was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dan, George and R.B.; sisters, Inez Gwin and Annie Mae Hardin; nephews, Larry Don Hardin and Steve Messer. Those touched by Rosa will miss her and we know she would like to thank Pinecrest and The Hospice of East Texas for the care she received. Memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 5, 2015
Murff, Rick - Bullard  
A memorial service for Rick Murff will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Emerald Bay Community Church, Bullard, with Pastor Darryle Dunks officiating. Rick died on March 3, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Rick was born on Feb. 15, 1941, in Nacogdoches to Ralph and Ouida Murff. In the late 1940s, they moved to Carthage. Rick graduated from Carthage High School in 1959, where he excelled in football and academics. After graduating from high school, Rick attended The University of Texas on a football scholarship. After two years at Texas, he transferred to Stephen F. Austin, where he continued to play football. He graduated from SFA with a BS in biology. Rick met and married Sue Ann Tucker while they were seniors at SFA. Upon graduating from SFA, Rick continued his education at Hermann School of Physical Therapy, Houston. Shortly after graduating from physical therapy school, he became director of physical therapy at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, where he remained for 10 years before becoming director of physical therapy at Beaumont Bone and Joint for 19 years. After a few years in private practice, he became director of physical therapy at Hermann Memorial Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. In 2004, Rick and Sue Ann relocated to the Tyler area where he continued physical therapy at Continue Care Hospital. Rick loved to participate in many different sports throughout his life, but his true passion was golf. He and Sue Ann moved to a golf community near Tyler, where they both enjoyed playing for many years. Rick's life centered around God, his family, friends and his patients. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph H. Murff; his mother, Ouida Browning Murff; and his brother, Lewis Robert Murff. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sue Ann Tucker Murff; two sons, Randy and his wife Kelly, of Tyler, and James and his wife Julie, of McKinney. Rick was also known as "D'dad" to four wonderful grandchildren, Will, Katherine, Jamie and Jenna Murff. In addition to many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews, he is also survived by two dogs, Lady and Andy, who gave him so much love and attention. Many thanks go to Texas Oncology, Dr. Frank Ward and his staff, as well as The Hospice of East Texas and their caring staff. A special thank you to Joyce and Deborah from The Hospice of East Texas who showed Rick such enormous compassion in his last weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to your favorite charity, Emerald Bay Community Church, SPCA or Pets Fur People.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 5, 2015
Nichols, Frederick - Tyler  
Frederick Robert Nichols, 68, of Tyler, went home to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 1, 2015. A graveside service will be held in Rose Lawn Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, followed by a memorial service celebrating his life at 2 p.m. in the Worship Center of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler with Tim Roberts officiating. Visitation will begin immediately after the service in the Galilee room. Fred was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, to Bertie Elizabeth and Thaddeus Lee Nichols, two Arkansas natives who had moved to Florida five years earlier to head the First Baptist Church. He was the youngest of four children, and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say they grew up in the church. He always had a great love for the Lord and the scriptures, and his mother said she thought he would become a preacher one day like his daddy. Although not from a pulpit, he always had a love for public speaking, and continued throughout his life to share the gospel and his love for Christ to all he knew. He taught Sunday school at Green Acres Baptist Church for more than 30 years. Fred was quarterback of the football team at Seabreeze High School, and graduated in 1964 with a football scholarship to Florida State University. His oldest brother, John, was living in Texas, and persuaded him to attend Baylor University in Waco instead. During the fall of his junior year, Fred saw a beautiful freshman girl named Emily Maberry outside of the Collins dormitory. They met, fell in love immediately, and were married that summer on Aug. 18, 1967. After graduating from Baylor in 1968, Fred and Emily moved to Houston where Fred worked as a CPA for Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Co. It was here that their first two daughters were born. In his last year at Peat Marwick, Fred logged more than 800 hours of overtime. Knowing he couldn't do that for the rest of his life, he took an offer from one of his bank clients at Commercial Bank in Nacogdoches. Fred loved banking, and his family grew with the birth of their third daughter. Fred and Emily moved their family to Tyler when he was offered the job of controller at Peoples National Bank. From 1975 to 1980, Fred held the post of senior vice president at Peoples. Through his work on the finance committee at Green Acres Baptist Church, Fred met Bob Rogers. Fred left the bank to join Bob at TCA Cable as treasurer of the company's subsidiaries. Fred worked closely with Bob Rogers and considered him one of his mentors. When Don Cowan retired, Fred became chief financial officer of TCA. In 1981, Fred helped the company go public, and in 1983 he was named chief operating officer. A year later, Bob Rogers named him president. In September of 1997, Fred was named chairman and CEO of TCA Cable, and in June of 1999, TCA sold to Cox Communications. Fred stayed on for a year to help with the transition and retired in 2000. Fred had many offers to join other companies, but in August 2000 he had a heart attack followed by quadruple bypass surgery. He decided to give up the fast-paced lifestyle he had lived in the corporate world and stayed retired. Although he was on the board of several companies, and enjoyed philanthropic work, most of his time was spent with his family. He found much joy in attending all of his grandchildren's events, and was able to nurture a relationship with all of them. Every time he saw them he said, "I love you, and I love Jesus!" Fred Nichols was preceded in death by his parents, Bertie Nichols Roy and Lee Nichols; his sister, Joy Kadison; and his brother, John Nichols. Survivors include his wife, Emily Maberry Nichols; daughters and sons-in-law, Melanie and Kevin Braughton, Lynda and Bill Evans and Elizabeth and Dale Boone; eight grandchildren, Blakely, Kristin and Collin Braughton, Emily and Lauren Evans, and Kaitlyn, Caroline and Nic Boone, all of Tyler; also his brother, Dan Nichols, of Daytona Beach, Florida; and many other beloved relatives and close friends. Honorary pallbearers will be his sons-in-law, grandsons, members of the NSPL, the "Doughboys," the men of the Geese Sunday Morning Bible Study, and the politically incorrect lunch group. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Green Acres Baptist Church Foundation, 1607 Troup Highway, Tyler, 75701; or The Boys and Girls Clubs of East Texas, 504 W. 32nd St., Tyler, 75702.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Mar. 4 to Mar. 6, 2015
Reese, Carl "Sandy" - Flint  
"Sandy" (Mike) Reese, age 68, of Flint, went home Sunday March 1, 2015, at 11:07 a.m. with his family by his side. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Worthen and Pastor Larry Redeau officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Reese was born on Nov 7, 1946, in Eustace. He is survived by the love of his life and best friend of 43 years, Carol Ann Reese, of Flint, where they enjoyed living on the lake; daughter, Kimberly "Kimbo" Sonnier, of Westlake, Louisiana; son, Lance Rentzel Reese, of Moss Bluff, Louisiana; daughter, Carlotta Cooper, of Pflugerville; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl C. and Pearl Reese; birth parents, Buel Perkins and Allyne Dasner; son, Terry Booth; brothers-in-law, Jim Gordon and Shelton Witt; and great-nephew, Eric Layne Gordon. Burial will be in Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers are Layne Gordon, Daniel Adair, Brady Burelsmith, Tony Streva, Mario DeLeon and Jerry Reed.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2015
Roberts, James - Big Sandy  
Mr. James "Jim" Gordon Roberts, 62, of Big Sandy, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at his residence. A graveside service for family and close friends will be held in Hoover Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, in Upshur County. A memorial service for family, friends and community will be at 4 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at Calvary Baptist Church in Gladewater with Doug Clark officiating. Services are under direction of Croley Funeral Home, Gilmer. Mr. Roberts was born June 5, 1952, in Big Sandy to James Earl and Edna Cordell Hall Roberts. He was a lifetime resident of Big Sandy and a member of Grace Community Church in Tyler. He retired from TU Electric as a project designer and later Alcatel-Lucent as a test technician. He is survived by his wife, Emily Josephine Roberts, of Big Sandy; sons, Ben Roberts and wife Amy, of Tyler, Zachary Roberts and wife Sarah, of Spanaway, Washington, Caleb Roberts and wife Som, of Lacey, Washington, Gramm Roberts and wife April, of Bossier City, Louisiana, and Matthew Roberts, of Big Sandy; daughter, Abby Norris and husband Ben, of Union Grove; sister, Patti Rozell and husband Rex, of Big Sandy; grandchildren, Eden Claire Roberts, Emma Catherine Roberts, Andrew James Roberts, Landon Tyler Roberts, Hunter James Roberts, Kennedy Rose Roberts, Christian Gabriel Roberts, Aubrey Hayden Roberts and Sophie Mae Roberts. Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his father, James Earl Roberts; mother, Edna Cordell Roberts; and brother, Kendall Earl Roberts. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Roberts, Zachary Roberts, Caleb Roberts, Gramm Roberts, Matthew Roberts, Ben Norris, Jerry Poole, Rex Rozell and Paul Harrington. The family requests memorials be made to the "Lead The Way Fund" at leadthewayfund.org. No formal visitation is scheduled. To view online or to sign the guestbook, go to www.croleyfh.net or www.tylerpaper.com.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 5, 2015
Scarborough, Jessie - Mineola  
Jessie "Jean" Scarborough was born Nov. 10, 1929, in Glasgow, Kentucky, to Dewey and Lucy Ellen McClellan. She passed away March 2, 2015, in Mineola. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Buster Scarborough; son, Barry Scarborough; sister, Shirley Houston; and great-grandson, Titus Mereness. She is survived by her brother, John McClellan and wife Marian; daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and Robbie Wade; daughter-in-law, Mary Scarborough; grandchildren, Brynn and husband Kent Mereness, Saralyn and husband John Portwood, Callie Wade, Katelyn and husband Adam Chirhart, Sara Scarborough and Amye Scarborough; five great-grandchildren, Jackson and Cooper Portwood and Lucy, Jude and Molly Mereness. Jean was a graduate of Carlisle High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State Teachers College. She was a survivor of the 1937 New London School explosion, as she left school early that day due to illness. In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother, she was a band director in the public school system and found great success selling real estate in the Tyler area. She was a member of Alba Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home, 12053 Texas Highway 64 West in Tyler. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, with funeral services immediately following at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers are David Calvert, Sam Fazel, David Wade, Mike Wade, Steve Wade and Robbie Wade. The funeral service will be conducted by Jean's grandson-in-law, Kent Mereness. Honorary pallbearers are Tom Wade, Tim Harris, Herb Sims and Tom Woldert. The family greatly appreciates the love and concern expressed by Wood Memorial Nursing Home for 8 1/2 years and the services of The Hospice of East Texas.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 5, 2015
Skillern Jr., Carl - Tyler  
Carl B, Skillern Jr., age 82, died at Watkins-Logan Veterans Home in Tyler on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Carl was born April 9, 1932, in the Griffin community outside of Troup. He is survived by his son, Bill Skillern, and daughters, Catherine Hearn and Victoria Nix, along with brother, Larry Skillern, and sister, Jerry Fuller. He was preceded to heaven by wife, Ann; and daughters, Christina and Cynthia. The family greatly appreciates the care provided by the staff at Watkins-Logan and Heart to Heart Hospice. Memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 5, 2015
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