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Benthall, Faye Hammons - Tyler  
Funeral services for Faye Hammons Benthall, 82, of Tyler, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Lloyd James Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Frank Battles and Olin Boles officiating. Arrangements are under direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home. Burial is in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens. Faye passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Tyler. She was born on Dec. 15, 1932 in Athens to the late James Alvin and Emma Frances Hethcoat Cecil. She was raised in Jacksonville. Faye loved gardening, loved her dogs and loved to read. She is survived by her loving husband, Carroll F. Benthall, of Tyler; son, Donald Eugene Hammons and his wife Marcy, of Alvin; daughters, Nancy Hughes and her husband Robert, of Georgetown, Judy Callaway and her husband William, of Flint, and Debbie Starr, of Flint; stepsons, Rodney Benthall, of Ohio, and Kerry Benthall, of California; stepdaughter, Diane Shilt and her husband Amos, of Dallas, and Brenda Harpost and her husband John, of Ohio; 22 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her baby sister, Melba Cecil. Pallbearers will be Scott Strickland, Randy Callaway, Aaron Sweeten, Derrick McDaniel, Justin Hughes and Ryan Hughes. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Lloyd James Funeral Home.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 1, 2015
Clem, Minnie Lee - Troup  
Funeral services for Minnie Lee Clem, 96, of Troup, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at Henry's Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Christopher Clem and Nathan Briggs officiating. Burial will be in Henry's Chapel Cemetery under direction of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup. Mrs. Clem passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Tyler. She was born June 20, 1918, in Concord to Billy Carson and Bertha Nichols Kee. Mrs. Clem was a member of Henry's Chapel United Methodist Church and very active in the United Methodist Women. She was an avid gardener. She enjoyed the outside and mowing her yard. She was still driving her car until this past September. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Henry Clem. Survivors include sons, Wayne Clem and wife Becky, of Whitehouse, Bill Clem and wife Rhydonia, of Troup, Garry Clem and wife Phyllis, of Jacksonville, and Sherman Clem and wife Brenda, of Tyler; brother, Vernon Kee, of Arp; six grandchildren, Chris Clem and wife Tricia, of Hardy, Arkansas, Marcus Clem and wife Kathy, of Port Aransas, Katherine Clem, of Los Angeles, California, Karen Clem, of Dallas, Ashley Clem, of Tyler, and Adam Clem, of Dallas; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Myles and Kennedy Clem; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Pallbearers will be members of Henry's Chapel United Methodist Church. If desired, memorials may be made to Henry's Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 601, Troup, 75789; or The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 1, 2015
Hardwick, Lance Cpl. Dustin C. - Tyler  
Funeral services for Lance Cpl. Dustin C. Hardwick, 20, Tyler, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at West Lake Baptist Church in Chandler with Bro. Luke Bilberry officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery. Lance Cpl. Hardwick was born on Jan. 7, 1995, in McKinney and passed away in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, while on active duty on March 21, 2015. He grew up in Chandler and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 2013. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, attending school of infantry in Camp Pendleton, California. Upon graduation he reprised as a rifleman into 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines Kilo Company. While stationed in Hawaii he assisted in presidential visits. Lance Cpl. Hardwick is survived by his fianc?e, Samantha Bussell, of Brownsboro; father, David Hardwick Sr., of Gilmer; mother, Anita Penney, of Tyler; brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Jessica Cantu, of Chandler; brothers, Robert Cantu, David Hardwick Jr., of Tyler, and Hunter Lee Hardwick, of Gilmer; grandfather, Raul Cantu, of Frisco; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Anna Cantu, Doris Hardwick, David William Hardwick; uncles, William Eugene Hardwick and Guillermo Cantu; and cousins, Diego Cantu and Anacristina Cantu. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015. Those who so desire to send flowers, may send them to Tyler Memorial Park, 12053 Texas Highway 64, Tyler, 75704.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 1, 2015
Lewis, Annice Darleen - Gladewater  
Services for Annice Darleen Lewis, 67, of Gladewater, will be on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Croley Funeral Home with Larry W. Osborne officiating. Annice stepped into her Savior's arms on Friday, March 27, 2015. Annice Darleen Lewis was born to Dr. Eugene Tillman Moore and Della Darleen Sanford Moore in Carrollton on Sept. 18, 1947. She held a bachelor's degree in music education from ETBC and taught school for more than 20 years combined in both White Oak and Hawkins. She married Bud Lewis on Aug. 23, 1969, and together they made Gladewater their home. Her love of music and her tenacity in sharing that love with her students earned her the Teacher of the Year award many times. She served on the board of directors for the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Annice Lewis participated in the Gladewater Music Club, Delta Kappa Gamma and Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as an officer in each club. Her love for music and for the Lord poured into her service both at Mobberly Avenue and First Baptist Church of Gladewater where she was a longtime member. She was the children's choir coordinator, played the hand bells, sang in the ladies ensemble, sang in the church choirs, and sang solos. Her creative force gave leadership to three Christmas programs where she helped in designing the sets and coordinating the productions. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband; sons, Dane Lewis, of Gladewater, and Tim Green, of San Antonio; daughter, Lora Byrd, of South Lake; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial contributions may be sent to East Texas Baptist University, University Advancement, Attn: Donna Johnson, No. 1 Tiger Drive, Marshall, 75670.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 1, 2015
Myers, Imogene Bell "Jean" - Whitehouse  
Imogene Bell "Jean" Myers, born Nov. 28, 1930, completed her life March 27, 2015, at her home in Whitehouse. Jean is survived by her loving daughter, Gretta Jean Maples, of Whitehouse; by her loyal companion, Pixie, the rat terrier; her beloved sister, Dorothy Wright, of Tyler; her son, Vernon H. Johnson and his wife Debbie Johnson, of Newark. Imogene was the stylish, fun-loving, quick-witted matriarch of five generations of native-born Texans who wish her a happy reunion with her departed family until we can join her on the journey to eternity!
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 1, 2015
Priest, Mabel "Jerri" - Bullard  
A memorial service for Mabel "Jerri" Priest, 68, of Bullard, will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Cable officiating. Mrs. Priest passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Tyler. She was born Aug. 19, 1946, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Henry Lester and Olivea Bell Stonebraker Blake. Jerri enjoyed shopping with her best friend and daughters. She also enjoyed spending time with her Tuesday morning bowling girls and the Thursday night mixed league. Jerri especially loved making state tournament trips every year. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her loving family including husband of 48 years, Daniel Priest; daughters, Kelly Priest Sandoval and Susan Diann Priest; grandchildren, Brian Sandoval, Matthew Sandoval and Jacob Sandoval; niece, Carol Wood-Smith and husband Eric; nephews Mike Luck and wife Mary, Nathan Priest, Randy Priest and David Priest; best friends Judy Myers and Gizmo; sisters Dorothy Luck, Phylis Silverberg; brother-in-law, Larry Priest and wife Kathryn and Ray Priest and wife Donna; as well as many other family members and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Judy Myers, Jim McClendon, Tom Sandoval, Cecelia Sandoval, Mike Luck, Collin Alford, Kimberly Alford and Cindy Harrington. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 1, 2015
Rockett, Bob and Debbie - Tyler  
Memorial services for Bob and Debbie Rockett, ages 70 and 65 respectively, of Tyler, will be on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Green Acres Baptist Church chapel with Pastor David Dykes officiating. Visitation in the chapel foyer will follow the service. A private burial in Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery in Tyler will precede the memorial service under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Mr. and Mrs. Rockett passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at their home in New Chapel Hill. Robert "Bob" Harold Rockett was born on April 26, 1944, in Dallas to Harold "Bud" and Helen Jean Rockett. He graduated from Union Grove High School and after attending Kilgore College he joined the U.S. Army and fought in Vietnam. He later became a state trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety. He retired from the DPS in 1994. Deborah "Debbie" Elaine Rockett was born on Sept. 7, 1949, in Brownwood to Emory and Wanda Muehlbrad. She graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Austin and after attending The University of Texas at Austin, became a legal secretary. Debbie and Bob met in Austin and were married on May 18, 1973. They were amazing parents to their three daughters, Julie, Kristie and Laurie. Their marriage was a true testament of love as Debbie faithfully cared for Bob through his lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. They were devoted Christians and were members of Green Acres Baptist Church. Their faith in God and each other were an inspiration to everyone around them. Debbie loved spending time with family and friends, gardening and reading, as well as caring for her many beloved pets. Bob also enjoyed time with family and friends, making jokes and loved watching westerns. They especially enjoyed time with their grandchildren, Brooklynn and Ty, and camping with their neighbor and longtime friend, Bob Bond. They were preceded in death by Bob's parents. They are survived by their loving family including Debbie's parents; children, Julie Rockett and her husband Jeremy McCullough, Kristie Rockett and her husband Chad Sokolosky, Laurie Bryant and her husband Clint; grandchildren, Brooklynn and Ty Sokolosky; stepgrandchildren, Jeremy A. McCullough and Jordan Bryant; Bob's sister, Renita Shofner and her husband Jim; Bob's brother, Dale Rockett and his wife Vicki; Bob's sister, Nikki Rockett Jones and her husband Wayne; Debbie's sister, Teresa DeShazer and her husband Billy; Debbie's sister, Jackie Muehlbrad; Debbie's brother, Mark Muehlbrad and his wife Becky; and numerous nieces and nephews along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. If desired, memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2105 Luna Road, Suite 390, Carrollton, 75006; or the National Humane Society, 4039 Gunn Highway, Tampa, Florida, 33618, in memory of Bob and Debbie Rockett.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 1, 2015

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Brown, Karen Keller - Tyler  
Karen Keller Brown, 59, of Tyler, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Tyler. Karen, an elementary school teacher for Spring Branch Independent School District, was born on Sept. 16, 1955, in Tyler. She grew up and attended school in Houston, graduating from Westbury High School in 1974. Following high school, she attended Texas State University in San Marcos, receiving her Bachelor of Science in elementary education. Following college, she met and married Jerry Wayne Brown. She continued teaching until she became ill. She loved to read her Bible. She loved to draw and was a good artist and also received an American Legion Award in her youth. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles L. Keller, and is survived by her son, Jordan Brown and his wife Emily, of Houston; mother, Joyce Keller, of Tyler; sister, Nancy Keller Bean and her husband James, of Spring; brother, David Keller and his wife Kim, of Whitehouse; and grandchildren, Jadyn and Colin, of Houston. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home, 12053 Texas Highway 64 West, Tyler. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Ron Shultz officiating. Interment will follow in Whitehouse Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Susan G. Komen, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, 75244.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 31, 2015
Evans Moore, Dorothy Geraldine - Tyler  
Dorothy Geraldine Evans Moore passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Tyler Colonial Nursing Home in Tyler, at age 96. She was born in Bluewater, New Mexico, on Jan. 23, 1919, to Samuel Stewart Evans and Adela Amanda Ramsel Evans. She grew up in Mertzon, about 30 miles south of San Angelo. She earned a degree in business at the Texas Women's University in Denton and then got a job in College Station where she met and married Gordon Sydney Moore on Feb. 9, 1943. She had two sons, Robert Edward Moore and Paul Louis Moore. She and Gordon moved to Houston in 1955. She decided to be a school teacher and got an education degree from the University of Houston. She taught elementary grades for 10 years. After Gordon died on May 21, 1982, she began traveling. She visited China, Russia, the Balkans, Europe, Egypt, Israel, the Caribbean, Canada, Alaska and Mexico. She was an artist and visited the art colony in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she lived for more than 12 years. Her son Paul died Aug. 22, 2004. She is survived by her son, Robert Moore and his wife Darlene Moore; and two grandchildren, Chris and Carey Moore. Memorial services will be held at the Midlothian Cemetery pavilion on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 31, 2015
Fisher, Dale Ray - Van  
A celebration of life service for Dale Ray Fisher, 54, Van, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Hilliard Funeral Home, Van, with Paul Gill officiating. Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Dale passed away March 30, 2015, at his home. Dale Ray Fisher was born Nov. 9, 1960, to Dale Lamar Fisher and Patsy Loraine Carter Fisher. He was a registered land surveyor, a Mason and a member of Garden Valley Bible Church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Pat Hearn. Survivors include his wife, Liz Fisher, of Van; two daughters, Lindsey Busby and husband Chris, of Kyle, and Alyssa Smith and husband Spencer, of Elk City, Oklahoma; parents, Dale L. and Judy Fisher, of Van; stepfather, Thurman Hearn, of Gilmer; brothers, Lesley Goode and Steven Goode, of Van; sister, Becky Newsom, of Van; and many other friends and family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice Plus. If desired, memorials can be made to Diamond J. Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 24, Gustine, 76455; or Paul Gill International Ministries, P.O. Box 6592, Tyler, 75711.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 31, 2015
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