A memorial service for James Luther Mickler, 76, Eustace, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at the First Assembly of God Church in Eustace with the Rev. James Howard officiating.
Mickler was born Sept. 10, 1933, in Auoca and died Oct. 28, 2009, in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his father Richard Mickler, mother Lucy Mattie Squires Mickler and sisters Mary Frances Hardin, Charlotte Joy Pritchard and Lana Sue Cockrell.
He enjoyed driving trucks, fishing and his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all.
Survivors include his brother Richard Mickle Jr.; daughters Lucy Ann and husband Richard Hawpe, Eustace; Sherrie Jean Maxwell and husband Charles, Hamlin; grandchildren David, Michael, Christoper, Tressi, Natthan and Dakoetta; five great-grandchildren; five nephews and two nieces.
Buddy Lee Evans
Memorial services for Buddy Lee Evans, 71, Kemp, will be held at a later date.
Evans passed away Oct. 27, 2009, while en route to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas.
He was a U.S. Army veteran who served his country for six years.
In October, 1956, he went to work for the City of Dallas as a supervisor in the Sanitation Department. He retired in 1993, but was called back and took final retirement in 1998.
He married Sharon Stewart in 1972 and they were married for 37½ years.
He never met a stranger and had a heart of gold.
He will be truly loved and cherished by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rest easy Buddy as your sister-in-law will take care of your wife.
Remember your promise to her, “go just beyond the moon, stop and wait.”
Services for Shane Williams, 42, Dallas, were held Nov. 2, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Kaufman with the Rev. Brent Gentzel officiating. Interment followed in the Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Williams was born Sept. 30, 1967, in Richardson and died Oct. 29, 2009, in Dallas.
He lived most of his life in Dallas and was Christian by faith.
Survivors include his mother Michele Mahagan and husband Brian, Allen; father Allen F. Williams and wife Kay, Mabank; brothers Shaun Williams and wife Jennifer, Fairfield, Conn.; Marcus Williams and wife Cari, Mabank; and Cody Mahagan, Allen; sister Amy Lynn Mahagan, Allen; aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers were Wayne Saye, Josh Pritcher, Marcus Williams, Alec Williams, Cody Mahagan, Shaun Williams and Aven Williams.
Services for Robert Freeman, 73, Kemp, were held Oct. 25, 2009, at the Baker Cemetery in Kemp under the direction of Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Freeman was born July 14, 1936, in Dallas to the late Anna Smith and Arthur Freeman and died Oct. 22, 2009, in Athens.
Survivors include his wife Debra Freeman, Kemp; daughters Robbie Kay and husband Tim, Aubrey; Kerilyn Jontue and husband Tracy, Rowlett; Shannon Henry and husband Charles, Kemp; Stephanie Rogers and husband Mike, Dallas; Shasta Olmstead and husband Luke, Ponca City, Okla.; and Darcy Stevens and husband Christopher, Houston; sons Robert Freeman and wife Ann, Tyler; Brandon Freeman, Kemp; John Mark Freeman and wife Kathleen, Wiley; sister Nelda King, Kemp; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Billie Ann Wade
Services for Billie Ann Wade, 74, Kemp, were held Nov. 3, 2009, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with Pastor Homer Morgan officiating. Interment followed in Baker Cemetery.
Wade was born Jan. 21, 1935, in Kaufman to Martha Ann Smith and Jerry O. Bobbitt and died Oct. 31. 2009.
She is preceded in death by her previous husband Willie “Buddy” Dee Duckworth, sisters Edna Boyd and Joyce Bobbitt, and great-grandson Jacob Duckworth.
She enjoyed spending time in her garden and with her family. The holidays were her favorite time of year when she baked pies and her famous banana pudding for her family.
Survivors include her husband Jimmy Wade, Kemp; children Dickie Lynn Duckworth, Edgewood; Clifford Dewayne Duckworth, Kemp; Brenda Ann Gandy and husband Berry, Kemp; Jerry Dee Duckworth, Kemp; Chad B. Duckworth, Kemp; brother Jerry Bobbitt and wife Charlotte, Arlington; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.
Visitation for former Henderson County Deputy Sheriff and Brownsboro Police Chief Ron Shields, 65, Athens, were held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at the Carroll Lehr Funeral Home, 1910 East Highway 31 in Athens. Interment is to follow after a graveside service beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons, Kan., with the Rev. Gene Bishop of Shady Oaks Baptist Church of Athens officiating, under the direction of Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home.
Shields was born in Parsons, Kan., Oct. 3, 1944, and died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, in his Athens home.
He was a true and faithful husband, father, grandfather, friend, police officer and educator. He attended Calvary Temple Church in Athens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maxine Sailsbury and W. L. Shields; sons Scott Bryan Shields and Darren Eugene Shields; and brother Richard Shields, Parsons, Kan.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Lois Conrad Shields, Athens; grandchildren Justin Andrew Shields and Laura Elizabeth Bishop; brother Robert L. Shields, Hiawatha, Kan., brothers-in-law David Conrad, Athens and James Conrad and wife Kathy, Breda, Iowa; sister-in-law Mary Wise and husband Duane of Parsons, Kan.; numerous nieces and nephews; and his law enforcement family.
Shields graduated in 1962 from Labette County Community High School in Altmont, Kan. He married Lois Aug. 6, 1964. While on his honeymoon, Shields received his military draft notice. He served the Kansas National Guard for six years attaining the rank of Sergeant.
In 1965, Shields found employment with North Electric Co. His new career as a telephone installation specialist resulted in his traveling throughout the United States. His business travels eventually brought him to Payne Springs and Athens.
In 1979, he joined Blake Communications, which he later bought and changed the name to Shields Tel-Communications. Always close by his side was his wife Lois.
In 1985, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Captain Wayne Pitts encouraged him to join the department. Though Shields always regarded his wife as his one true love, he quickly discovered his passion for law enforcement. One year later, he became a deputy sheriff.
Soon Shields’ intelligence and drive shaped him into an investigator. He was relentless in his pursuit of justice.
He was renowned for his talent for discovering the smallest of details.
During his service to the citizens of Henderson County, Shields excelled in cases involving child abuse and sexual assault.
For more than 10 years, he worked tirelessly to protect and defend the most vulnerable of victims. He averaged more than 50 child abuse related arrests per year.
In 1999, Shields began teaching for the East Texas Police Academy. During his 10 years as a law enforcement educator, he taught more than 600 students.
In the spring of 2009, he graduated his 15th class and leaves a legacy that will affect his community and law enforcement for years to come.
Shields has been described as a cop’s cop, mentor, respected, compassionate and dedicated. He stood in the gap between good and evil and was a champion of the innocent.
He was a true and loyal friend.
Shields became police chief for the City of Brownsboro in June, 2006, and retired Aug. 18, 2009.
Services for Robert “Red” Dunn, 78, Tool, were held Oct. 30, 2009, at the Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points. Josh McDonald officiated. Interment followed in Tool Cemetery.
Dunn was born June 10, 1931, in Tripp, to the late Nellie Young and George Dunn and died Oct. 27, 2009, a his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Kimberly Kay Jackson and son Charles Brent Tyler.
He was a retired fireman, serving 31 years with the Highland Park Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife Susan; daughter Cynthia Ann Burns; sons Alan Dale Dunn and Bryan Wesley Tyler.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to the Tool City Fire Department.
Dr. Royce Riley
A life celebration for the Rev. Dr. Royce W. Riley, 71, Gun Barrel City, was held Nov. 7, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
Riley was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Tyler to Cathelene and Eugene Riley and died Nov. 4, 2009, in Mabank.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.
He graduated from Tyler High School in 1956.
He received a bachelor of arts degree in history and English in 1963 from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master’s of divinity in 1967 from Perkins School of Theology and a doctor of ministry degree in 1987 from Drew University in Madison, N.J.
Known as the honorary bishop of the Dallas South District, he served as a minister in the Methodist Church for 50 years, serving churches throughout North and East Texas.
In addition to serving as a minister, he served as district youth director and helped establish junior high mid-winter events at Bridgeport Conference Center.
He was instrumental in the formation of the first senior citizen programs in Mabank, Bridgeport, Decatur and Seagoville and also served on the Wise County Committee on Aging and the North Texas Council of Governments Committee on Aging.
In addition, he organized the Helping Hand fund of Mabank and served on the Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman board of directors for six years.
He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970, during which time he worked at the LaThieu School for Deaf Mutes and with a leper colony there.
He also served in Fort Sill, Okla., and Augusta, Ga.
When he wasn’t enjoying his family, friends and church, he enjoyed woodworking and is known in the Cedar Creek Lake area for his handmade wood and ceramic pens.
Survivors include his first love and wife of 51 years, Linda; sons Chip and wife Kristy, Justin; and Chuck and wife Tricia, Kemp; daughter Amy Riley White and husband Les, Denton; grandchildren Catie, Renee, Cotton, Kendall and Callie; several nieces, nephews, godchildren and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory, to the First United Methodist Church of Mabank.
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