Submitted by Shannon Knight
for Loy Dean Crawford, 63, of Tatum were held at 1:00 p.m.,
Monday, October 21, 2002, at Thompson Funeral Home with the
Reverend Jerry Don Ward officiating.
Burial was at Tatum City Cemetery.
Mr. Crawford died Thursday, October 17, 2002 in Tatum.
Crawford was born April 18, 1939 in Ben Wheeler.
He was a truck driver for Mack Trucks. Mr. Crawford was a
Methodist and was in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Missile
Crisis. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Hallie Bishop Crawford; his
parents, Carl O’Neal and Edithe Crawford; one sister, Jo
Crawford King; and one brother, Jerry Ross Curry.
Survivors include tow brothers, Thomas O’Neal Crawford and his wife Sandi of Glen Rose, and Patrick Dale “Bubba” Crawford and his wife Charlene of Beaumont; three sisters, Ronell Crawford Stockton and husband Louis of Mixon, Shelby Crawford Grimes of Tyler, and Patricia McKnight and husband Hugh of Richardson; and a special friend, Ramona Pugh of Longview.
Trace Tribune, October 24, 2002
Davis was born on January 16, 1916 to Andrew and Maggie Garole
Davis in Zwolle, Louisiana. He
was formerly of Converse, Louisiana and Baton Rouge, Louisiana and
had lived in Beckville for the past five years.
For the past 21 years he was married to Irene Dykes Davis.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in World
War II. Mr. Davis was
a retired carpenter by profession and a member of Rehobeth United
Methodist Church. He
was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply
missed by his family and many friends.
Loving survivors include his wife Irene Davis of Beckville; son, J.C. Davis and wife Marion of Baton Rouge; stepchildren, Don Wieman an wife Betty of Carthage, Jon VanDeCarr and husband George of Beckville, Frances Martin and husband Tommy of Arp, and roger Wieman and wife Debra of Leonard; tow granddaughters, Jennifer and Rhonda; four great-grandchildren; thirteen step-grandchildren; seven step great-grandchildren; one step great-great-grandson; and numerous cousins.
Trammel Trace Tribune, February 13, 2003
service for Rhonda Mae Dixon, 60, of Tatum were held at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, December 27, 2002, at Tatum Cemetery with the Brother
Elbert Jones officiating. Arrangements
were under the direction of Crawford A. Crim Funeral Home.
Dixon, a homemaker, died Wednesday, December 25, 2002.
She was born January 30, 1942 in Gregg County.
Dixon was a longtime resident of Tatum, loving mother and a
housewife. She was
proceeded in death by her husband James Dixon in 1985.
Survivors include sons William Dixon of Tatum and Bobby and Joni Young of Henderson; daughters Lisa Harding of Tatum, Angela and Julio Rodriguez of Tatum and Brenda Loyd of Tatum.
Trace Tribune, January 2, 2003
own beloved “Sis” Kathleen Helvenston passed away Tuesday
night in Longview.
She had suffered through the
surgery, treatments and pain.
Throughout her few
months battling cancer
she fought for
the chance to
live. She will
missed by the people of
in Tatum off a pioneer family. She
became a school teacher, like her mother and sister. She retired from
that profession and returned to her home
town several years
No. She spent
a full working day,
each day, helping make life better for those who needed help.
headed the Tatum Cemetery Association and was the dynamic leader
of the Tatum Samaritan House.
She was a member of the
Tatum Housing Authority where she helped find housing for
those with little or no income.
She worked distributing surplus foods to the needy as long
as that program
survived. As head of
the Samaritan House she distributed funds, food and clothing to
the needy for the Interchurch Ministries.
the most loving act for Kathleen Helvenston was the daily trek to
a Longview nursing home to feed and comfort her sister, Clarice
will be missed but she has left many tangible reminders of her
time here. One of
those remembrances that will remain after her is a memorial garden
at the Tatum Samaritan House.
The memorial was in progress before her death.
A beautiful curved cement bench inscribed
“Tatum’s ‘Sis’- Kathleen Helvenston” has been
placed under a large pecan tree which is growing on land
where she grew up and lived until her hospitalization.
A magnolia tree, azaleas, gardenias and crape myrtle
shrubs surround the bench.
Tatum Beautification Committee is supervising the planting of the
garden and it will be expanded if more donations are received.
Anyone wishing to add to the memorial should make checks
payable to Tatum Beautification Committee, P.O. Box 588, Tatum, TX
An obituary will be printed in this newspaper when it is received.
Trace Tribune, January 9, 2003
services for Thomas Gilchrist “Buster” Hemby, 79, of
Tatum were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 24, 2002
at Tatum United Methodist Church with the Reverend David Banks
followed at Tatum City Cemetery.
Mr. Hemby died Tuesday, October 22, 2002 in Longview. Arrangements were under the direction of Jimerson Funeral
Home in Carthage.
Hemby was born on December 4, 1922 to Thomas G. and Mary Moss
Hemby in Tatum. Mr. Hemby was a retired vocational agriculture
teacher, having taught at Trinity High School and New London-West
Rusk Schools. He
graduated from Tatum High School in 1940 and received a B.S.
Degree from Sam Houston State College in 1947.
While at Trinity Mr. Hemby organized and served as
president of the Trinity Community Fair. He also served as president of the Trinity Chamber of
Commerce. A past
president of the London Loins Club, Mr. Hemby served his community
in varied youth and adult activities.
He headed the Overton young Farmers’ Group
and was an officer of the Rusk County Cattleman’s
1970 the Texas Forestry Association
honored Mr. Hemby by naming him “Tree Farmer of the Year.”
At West Rusk I.S.D. he announced home football games and
became known as the “Voice of the Raiders.”
Hemby was a World War II veteran, having served his country in the
Army Air Force in the Philippines and occupied Japan.
He was a Methodist and past member of the Methodist Men.
He was a member of the London Ex-Students’
Reunion-Memorial Association and the Retired Vocational
Agriculture Teachers of
Texas, Area VI.
survivors include his wife Mary Hemby of Tatum; son Jay Hemby and
wife Lisa of Highland
Village; daughter Linda McKenzie and husband Terry of
Irving; grandson Casey Childress and wife Shanna; granddaughter
Savannah Hemby; and great-granddaughter Jayde Childress.
His parents, brother William Hemby, and aunt Mary Lizzie
Martin preceded him in death.
Those serving as pallbearers were Billy Mims, Bill Dugan, Billy Vernon, Bobby Benbow, Sherman Smith and Lewis Summers.
Trace Tribune, October 24, 2002
for Agnes Pepper Hickey, 79, of DeBerry were held at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 20,
2002, at Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Mervin
Scott officiating. Burial
was at Cool Springs Cemetery in DeSoto Parish, La.
Mrs. Hickey, a longtime member of Midyette Baptist Church,
died Friday, October 18, 2002, in Carthage.
was born February 17,
1923 in Tatum to Wilson and Pearl Jimmerson Pepper.
She attended schools in Tatum
and Carthage, graduating with the “Class of 1939.”
She wed Curtis Hickey April 19, 1944 and together they
celebrated 38 years of marriage before he preceded her in death in
1982. Mrs. Hickey was
also preceded in death by four sisters Gladys Farrell, Ruby
Pepper, Virgie Williams, and Mary Belle Berryman and a brother,
Hickey is survived by son Gary Hickey and wife Brigitte of DeBerry;
grandchildren Shawn Hickey and wife Angela of Shreveport, Ryan
Hickey of Dallas; great granddaughter Samantha Hickey; numerous
nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Shawn Hickey, Ryan Hickey, Darrell Williams, Jack Williams, Garth LaGrone and T.J. Wooten.
Trammel Trace Tribune, October 24, 2002
for Lucille Parker Hudson, 80, of Marshall were held at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at the Travis Street Chapel of
Sullivan Funeral Home with the Reverend Glen Ketchum and Virgil
Wilson officiating. Interment
followed in Colonial Gardens.
Mrs. Hudson died Monday, October 14, 2002, in Pine Hill
Nursing Home in Jefferson.
was born March 10, 1922 in Panola County to William Coffee Parker
and Nina Metcalf Parker. She
received her education in the Elysian Fields public schools.
In April of 1958, she married Robert Hudson in Lone Star.
She was a homemaker, and she was of the Nazarene faith.
Hudson is survived by her husband; four daughters and son-in-laws,
Barbara and Jerry Dickerson of Karnack, Tina Grindle and Jerry Joe
of Tatum, Laura Prock and Eddie Miranda of Austin, and Jeannie and
Ray Ansley of Willis; seven grandchildren, Tammy Colley, James
Holley, Rony Martin, Lisa Lopez, Christopher Porterfield, Lindsey
Grindle and James Grindle; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother and
sister, William C. “Bud” and Nell Parker of Woodlawn; and
Mrs. Hudson was preceded in death by one son, Robert Hudson, and one sister, Mae Capps.
Trammel Trace Tribune, October 17, 2002
JENNINGS, Linda Jean
services for Linda Jean Jennings, 50, of Tatum were held at 2:00
p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2002, in Harris Chapel Cemetery with the
Reverend Roy Culley and the Reverend Gary Orr officiating.
Services were under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jennings died Friday, October 11, 2002, at Good
Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
Jennings was born January 19, 1952, in Roswell,, New Mexico, at
Walker Air Force Base to Elmer Arthur and Elizabeth Jane Shank
Mayfield. She started
schools in Germany as an “Army brat” and graduated from
Longview High School with the class of 1970.
On February 11, 1980, she married Stephen Jennings, and
together they celebrated 22 years of marriage.
loved and cared for many animals and her flower gardens.
was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Jane Shank
Mayfield; brother, Elmer Arthur Mayfield, Jr.; and infant son,
Arthur R. Foster.
Survivors include her grandmother, Hazel Booth of Beckville; her father, Elmer Mayfield and his wife, Gloria, of Beckville; her husband, Stephen Jennings of Tatum; one daughter, Misty Jennings of Dallas; six sisters, June Grattan of Salt Lake City, Ruth Parker and her husband, Lance, of Huntington, Sandra Garcia of Pampa, Deborah Guillotte and her husband, Richard, of Jacksonville, Briley Dailey and her husband, Bill, of Beckville and Glynna Reser and her husband, Kevin, of Boerne; an uncle, Jack Booth and his wife, Joanna, of Beckville; great uncle, Dennis Mayfield and his wife, Nell, of Marshall; three aunts, Dottie Rostawiche of Pineville, La., Cindy Ilharreguy of Anaheim, Calif., and Bertha Mayfield of Santa Fe, N.M.; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Trace Tribune, October 17, 2002
Billy Wayne Milam, age 66, husband of 45 years to Edna Kelsey Milam, died of a sudden illness on Monday, February 10, 2003 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Services were private.
was born in Tatum, Texas, a son of the late Jesse Milam and Anna
Mae Armstrong Milam. He
delivered newspapers for The Item.
He previously retired from DuPont with 17 years of service
and retired from the U.S. Marine Corp after 20 years of service.
in addition to his wife are: one son, Gary Milam and his wife
Wendy of Sumter, SC; two daughters, Donna McMillon and her husband
Keith of Stuart, VA, and Billie Hester and her husband Joseph of
Austin, TX; one sister, Juanita Beasley; one granddaughter, Briana
was preceded in death by A.J. Milam, Annie Bea Sipes and Francis
Online memorials messages were sent to the family at www.bullockfuneralhome.com
for Bobby Neal Simpson, 24, of Henderson were held at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 2002, at the Welch Funeral & Memorial
Center Chapel with Brother Kenneth Ross and Brother Cody Ross
the funeral service was a Garden Court Committal Service.
Burial was in Tatum Cemetery.
Mr. Simpson died Wednesday, October 9,2002 in Kilgore.
Simpson was born January 28, 1978, to Mitchell and Della Gibson
Simpson in Henderson. He
was a loving husband and father.
Mr. Simpson, an all state football player, graduated from
Tatum High School in 1996. He
served in the United States Navy.
Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife, Amy Simpson of Henderson; daughters, Madison and Kennedi Simpson of Henderson; mother and step-father, Della and Bret Modisette of Grand Prairie; father and step-mother, Mitchell and Kathy Simpson of Tatum; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gene and Sue Blount of Henderson; brother, Daniel Simpson of Henderson; and sisters, Ashley and Suzanna Simpson of Tatum; grandparents, Joe and Dorothy Gibson of Henderson; Grandmother, Mary Sue Grisham of Tyler; uncles, Kelly Simpson, Mike Simpson, MarJay Grisham; aunt, Connie Simpson; nephew, Cade Blount; and brother and sister-in-law, Cody and Heather Blount of Longview; and numerous friends.
Trammel Trace Tribune, October 17, 2002