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Finnegan, James Martin - Tyler  
James Martin Finnegan, 79, of Tyler, TX (and of Strongsville, Cleveland, OH) passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Father of Bryan (Sarah) of Rocky River, OH, Kimberly (Thomas) King of Fairfield, CT, James (Kathleen) of Cincinnati, OH and Hannah of Tyler, TX. Grandfather to Martin, Patrick, Michael, Sarah, Brendan, Bridget, Mary Clare, Eva, Theresa and Margaret. James (Jim) was born in Cleveland, OH on October 27, 1937 to the late James and Mary (Lavin) Finnegan. Brother of the late Daniel (Pat of Fort Meyers, FL), Eileen (William -deceased) Murphy of Rocky River, OH and half-brother of the late Coletta (Robert) Stonick. Uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews. Jim attended Christ The King and Saint Joseph High School (Class of 1956). Jim earned a degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University and served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 5 at the Saints Peter and Paul Chapel in Tyler officiated by Father Kevin Young. Visitation is scheduled on Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Lloyd James Funeral Home (1011 East First Street, Tyler, TX) with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. officiated by Deacon Bill Necessary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 3, 2016
Keys, Betty Ann (Binion) - Paris  
Betty Ann Binion Keys, 88, of Paris, passed away Thursday, December 01, 2016, at Pine Tree Ranch Assisted Living. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Whitewright with Rev. Stuart Baskin officiating. A formal visitation is not scheduled, however, friends may pay respects at the funeral home. Mrs. Keys, the daughter of Paschal & May Tate Binion, was born April 29, 1928, in Dallas. She graduated from Highland Park High School and Austin College. She married Rev. Felix W. Keys, Jr., and their life in the ministry took them to many cities including San Antonio, Marlin, Paris, Marshall, and Tyler. She was a member of AAUW. Betty enjoyed theater, the symphony and the Rose Festival in Tyler. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Tyler. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Felix, a son, Roger Nelson Keys, and a cousin, Janice Johnson. Survivors include three children, Martha Gilmore & husband Jack of Temple, Stuart Keys & wife Kim of Paris and Laura Jackson & husband Rusty of Powderly, grandchildren: Dustin Keys & wife Tiffanie, Brandon Keys & wife Brittney, Russell Jackson, Jr. & wife Cassie, Jonathan Jackson & wife Jordan and Jason Gilmore, great grandchildren: Hudson Keys, Kylie, Claire, Carter, Kelsey, Josephine, and Jaimeson Jackson, siblings: Donald Binion & wife Janet and Barry Binion & wife Mary, a cousin, Julie Johnson along with several nieces & nephews and a host of friends. Honorary casket bearers will be: Dustin Keys, Brandon Keys, Russell Jackson, Jr., Jonathan Jackson, Hudson Keys, Carter Jackson and Jaimeson Jackson. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to: First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler, TX 75701; PATH, 402 W. Front St., Tyler, TX 75702 or St. Jude Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Pine Tree Ranch Assisted Living, On Call Hospice, and Christi Bruce and Kathy Henry, her sitters, for the care given their loved one. To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 3, 2016

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Bennett, Johnell - Lindale  
Funeral service for Mr. Johnell Bennett, 77, Lindale is scheduled for 3:00 pm Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Minister Jackson G. Moore as eulogist. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Tyler. Mr. Bennett was born February 10, 1939 in Winona and was a lifetime resident of Smith County. He died November 28, 2016 at East Texas Medical Center Hospital. He was a member of Starrville CME Church, Lindale Riding Club, attended Jackson High School and was employed with Jarvis Christian College as a Plant Manager. Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his parents, 2 children, sisters and brothers. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Charlesetta Bennett of Lindale; sons Rev. Lewellyn (Joyce) of Tyler, Gregory of Shreveport, LA and Antonio (Imelda) of Houston; daughters Lynne (Shepherd) Ross of Plainview, Quintilla (Dwayne) Hilton of Atlanta, GA and Sheila (Marcus) Johnigan of Tyler; 14 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 7-8 pm and public viewing will be from 12-7 pm Friday, December 2, 2016 at Community Funeral Home of Tyler Chapel.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 2, 2016
Bishop, Peggy Ann - Van  
On Saturday evening, November 26, 2016, while at Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital Peggy left this world to go be with her Lord and Savior and loved ones in Heaven after going through a long battle with congestive heart failure and vascular disease. Peggy was born in the town of Edgewood, on Feb. 2, 1942 to parent's Emmie Lee and Erdie Thomas Campbell. Her family later moved to the Dallas, area. As an adult she lived in the East Texas area for a while and then moved back to the Dallas area where she retired from Honeywell in Richardson. After retiring she moved to Van, where she managed the Dairy Queen and worked at Brookshire Grocery until she was no longer able to work. She was a very devoted daughter who took care of her Mom after she became ill until her death in Dec. of 1999. During the summer of 2000, her oldest sister, Opal, moved in with her. The two were inseparable and were always there for each other. When Opal became ill, Peggy helped to take of her until her death on Jan. 31, 2015. When her oldest daughter, Diana, was diagnosed with breast cancer I don't believe a day went by that she did not call her and send her cards every week. I remember how devastated she was when she found out, but she said, "I have to be strong for Diana." She so admired Diana for the way she always kept going and called her "Superwoman." I guess we know where Diana got her strength - from her dear supportive mother, Peggy. When Peggy was younger, she loved going fishing. As she became older, she loved to write poems and she was an avid reader (especially the different series of vampire books her daughter sent to her on her Kindle). She loved watching the Dallas Cowboys play and after Opal passed away, she would always say, "I'm watching them for you sis." Hallmark, Disney, romantic and old movies were her favorites. Her favorite TV programs were Dancing with the Stars and The Voice. She also loved Country/Western Music. She enjoyed her peaceful times when she would just sit at the window and watch the birds and squirrels in her back yard. Peggy was preceded in death by husband, Harold Bishop Sr., father, Erdie Campbell, mother, Emmie Simmons; stepfather, Jimmie Simmons, sister, Opal Finch; and grandson, Robert Meade. Peggy is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Randy Brothers of Wylie, daughter, Diana Kenneally of Burlingame, CA, daughter, Sherrie Marshall of Garland, son, Harold Bishop of Dallas, and daughter, Kathy Meade. She is survived by six grandchildren, Camryn and Conor Kenneally, Amanda Tarasoff, Evan Marshall, Jenna Flemming, Chasity Meade and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held for Peggy at the Movie House, 255 W. Main St., Van, at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Anyone wishing to send flowers, you may send to Peggy's home in Van. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Vascular Disease Foundation. I want to give special thanks to Peggy's niece and husband, Linda and Thomas Hass for being there for her when I couldn't. I also want to thank her close neighbors and friends for being there for her. Peggy always made everyone laugh. As her sister, she was my "ray of sunshine" that brightened my world each and every day. She will truly be missed, but there is not a doubt in my mind that God welcomed her with open arms.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 2, 2016
Criss, Wilburn - Tyler  
Funeral service for Mr. Wilburn Criss, 84, Tyler is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Louis Baptist Church with Rev. Ralph E. Caraway, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Tyler. Mr. Criss died November 28, 2016 at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. He was born April 3, 1932 in Tyler and was a lifetime resident of Smith County. He attended Jackson High School and Texas College. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at an early age and later became a member of St. Louis Baptist Church. Mr. Criss was employed at La Gloria Oil and Gas for 26 years, chairman of the Deacon Board at St. Louis Baptist Church, past president of the St. Louis Neighborhood Association, president of East Texas Baptist Association, Layman and served in the U S Army. He was preceded in death by his parents and 10 siblings. Survivors include his spouse: Delois Criss, Tyler; daughter: Gwendolyn Criss (Clyde) George, Kennedale, TX; brother: William Criss, Ft. Worth, TX; sister: Lillie Sims, Rowlett, TX; 1 grandchild, Cristopher Williams and 3 great grandchildren. Viewing will be from 4-7 PM Friday, December 2, 2016 at Community Funeral Home of Tyler Chapel.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 2, 2016
Deason, Bill - Lufkin  
Memorial services for Bill Deason, 88, of Lufkin, will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Shafer Funeral Home in Lufkin. Mr. Deason was born December 5, 1927 in Jacksonville, the son of Arthur Deason and Grace Mozelle Deason, and died November 22, 2016 in Lufkin. Bill was a Navy Seaman Second Class during the end of World War II and an Airman Third Class for the newly formed US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. During both tours of Military Service, Mr. Deason was an airplane mechanic, being one of the first jet engine mechanics for the Air Force. His love of all things mechanical lead him to a life in the automotive industry where he owned his own mechanic shop in Dallas, Texas, for many years before becoming one of the premier Parts and Service Managers for several Oldsmobile dealers in Dallas and Tyler, Texas. Upon retiring from the automotive industry, Bill continued his hobby of gun collecting as the owner of the Westlake Gun Store in Chandler, Texas. He and his wife, Sandra, raised their daughter Jeri Jan Deason Grogan in Chandler. He loved his family unconditionally and was very proud of the accomplishments of his daughter, son-in-law, Jason Grogan, and his two grandchildren, Ashlyn Jan and Casen. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jeri and Jason Grogan of Lufkin; granddaughter, Ashlyn Grogan of Lufkin; grandson, Casen Grogan of Lufkin; sister, Betty Felkel of Eloree, SC; sister-in-law, Suzanne Townsend of Chandler, TX; and nephew, David Townsend of Chandler, TX. Mr. Deason was proceeded in death by his wife, Sandra Deason; son, Billy Deason, Jr. and daughter, Sherry Henrichsen. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Rodgers, Bob Shelton, and David Townsend. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Shafer Funeral Home, prior to the Memorial service. Memorials may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Ave, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Shafer Funeral Home, Lufkin directors.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 2, 2016
Gipson, Rev. Cleran Ray - Tyler  
Funeral service for Rev. Cleran Gipson, 60, Tyler is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Friendly Baptist Church with Elder Ray Beasley officiating and Minister Christopher Blevins as eulogist. Burial will be in Oliver Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Community Funeral Home of Tyler. Rev. Gipson died November 26, 2016 at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. He was born September 3, 1956 in Tyler. During his military career, he lived 7 years in Germany, 1 year in Korea, 2 years in Calif., 3 years in Arizona, 3 years in Washington , 2 years in Oklahoma and 2 years in Killeen, Fort Hood, TX. He retired from the U S Army. Rev. Gipson attended Dunbar Elementary, Moore Middle, Poly Tech High, Chapel Hill High and Killeen High Schools. He was the founder and pastor of "A Voice in the Wilderness Outreach Ministry", an educator at Chapel Hill ISD and driving instructor for 3A Security Driving Academy . His organizations include DeWitt Lodge #429 and 32 with Waridi Consistory 236 Valley of Tyler-Orient of Texas and Fred U Harris Lodge #70 of Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his spouse: Regina Gipson, Tyler; 3 sons: Christopher Blevins, Jamarquis Gipson, Tarl Hartfield all of Tyler; 3 daughters: Natasha Tyne Gipson (Emmanuel) Simmons, Ryan Yanik Gipson both of New Jersey, Valencia Hartfield, Denton; 2 brothers: Clint Lidell (Delmalene) Gipson, Sr., Cleo Lorenzo Gipson, Jr. both of Tyler; 3 sisters: Kathy (Bruce) Cobb, Felicia (Rev. George) Cameron both of Tyler, Missionary Vivian Gipson, Ft. Worth; 5 grandchildren and his Poppie's boy, Deacon. Family will receive friends from 6 - 7 P.M. and viewing will be from 3 - 7 P.M. Friday, December 2, 2016 at Community Funeral Home of Tyler Chapel.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 2, 2016
Jones, Faydelle - Bullard  
Memorial services for Faydelle Jones will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Emerald Bay Community Church in Bullard with Dr. Darryle Dunks officiating, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Faydelle passed away Monday, November 21, 2016, in Tyler. She is survived by her two sons, Ed and Scott Jones; grandchildren, Josh and wife Barb, Lori and husband Shawn, Callie and husband Allen, Erin and her husband Devon, Clay and his wife Becca; nephew, Greg Miller and wife Joanne; two nieces, DeAnne Watkins and her husband Tom, and Kay Miller. She was blessed with eight great-grandchildren, Harvey, Leighton, Ford, Caroline, Will, Penny, Libby and Sam. All of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren affectionately called her Grams. Faydelle was born in Aspermont, Texas, on October 15, 1925, to Jim and FayeMiller. She spent most of her childhood in Durant, Oklahoma, and attended Southeastern College. She married Gene Jones in 1947 after he joined the Phillips 66 basketball team, working with them for the next 34 years. Faydelle and Gene and 'The Boys', Ed and Scott, moved to Texas in 1955, where they raised their family and developed strong friendships in a variety of cities including Houston, Dallas and Tyler. Faydelle moved to a new home in Emerald Bay in 1985, where she hosted family and friends and became an integral part of the Emerald Bay community for the next 31 years. Memories of our time there include 'Camp Grandma', Christmas mornings, and the infamous New Year's Eve parties. She loved her family and friends, the Cowboys, white wine, her church, mahjong, dogs. She also loved Christmas, watching football, golf, the beach, and cooking. She was always known for her relentless optimism and the grace she had for everyone. She started the day with "Good Morning, World." Donations celebrating her life may be made to Emerald Bay Community Church, 160 La Salle Road, Bullard, Texas 75757.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 2, 2016
Taft, Horace G. - Tyler  
Services for Horace G. Taft, 85, of Tyler, will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Horace was born August 30, 1931, in Dallas, Texas at Parkland Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha; daughters, Cindi and husband Ronnie Hebert and Terri and husband Paul Burleson; grandsons, Russell Yancy and wife Lainey and Adam Wintters; three great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, James and Marie Taft; two brothers, James and Ronnie; and three sisters, Patsy, Linda and Elda Beth. He joined the Naval Reserve out of high school for one year and then served four years in the Air Force. After his discharge, he worked for AER Ford Rebuilders for 40 years and retired in 1995. He was baptized in a creek by Rogers Baptist Church in Garland when he was 12, and recently attended Colonial Hills Baptist Church. The family would like to especially thank Dr. Eric Smith and his staff, Dr. Frank Navetta and Dr. Craig Gunter, as well as the staff of The Hospice of East Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 2, 2016

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Beasley, Beth Ballew - Jacksonville  
Beth Ballew Beasley passed away peacefully, with her daughters present and went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 29, 2016 at the age of 91. Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock in the afternoon Friday, December 2nd at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Reverend Doug Wintermute and Reverend Jack Albright will officiate. She will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Visitation will begin on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and friends are cordially invited to visit with Beth's family from 5 to 7 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home. She was born in Frankston, Texas to J.H. and Alta Collie. She moved to Jacksonville at 18 to begin work. She married Forrest J. (Jim) Ballew on December 14, 1946 and had two daughters, June Pruett and Linda De Forke. Her whole life revolved around her family. She was a stay at home mother for many years. She was an excellent homemaker, wife and mother to her children, who have wonderful memories of their childhood. She later worked at a variety of companies, including Nichols Industries and Rusk State Hospital, where she retired as a Therapist II Technician. She lost her first husband in 1973. She married John Beasley, a childhood friend, December 31, 1975 after being reunited at a Homecoming celebration in Frankston. After retiring, they enjoyed traveling and went on many vacations and church trips. She was widowed again in 1999. She was an excellent cook, as many friends and family well know, with her coconut and chocolate pies being some of their favorite desserts. She loved to work in her yard, always trying to obtain different and unusual flowers and bulbs. Her yard was worthy of Southern Living Magazine. She took pride in mowing and weed eating her 3/4 acre yard until she was in her eighties. Decorating her home was another enjoyment, as well as crafts, sewing, ceramics and many other creative activities. She used to love to travel with groups. Church was a top priority in her life, and she always tried to be a faithful servant. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, where she was a very active member when her health allowed. She loved singing in the choir, was in charge of Hospitality of the Alpha Omega Sunday School class for several years, and served on committees and in other capacities. She even helped plant shrubs and plants when the church completed their new building. Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, John Collie and Oliver Collie; and a sister, Ann Garner. Left to cherish her memory are daughters, June Pruett and husband James, and Linda De Forke; a sister, Margaret Hightower; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be James Hightower, Kevin Hightower, Danny Clark, Jeff Clark, Mike Clark and Mark Collie. The family would like to extend special thanks to those at Senior Care of Jacksonville and Heart to Heart Hospice for the loving care they provided.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 1, 2016
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