Obituaries

Wed
26
Jul

John Allen Shepard

John Allen Shepard

1948-2017

Funeral services for John Allen Shepard, 69, of Canton, were held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Elmo with Bro. Tim Mabe and Rev. Brian West officiating.

Interment followed at Elmo Cemetery in Elmo under the direction of Allan Fuller Funeral Home in Wills Point. Mr. Shepard passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017, at his residence in Canton.

He was born Feb. 11, 1948, in Terrell to James Province Shepard and Myrtle Frances Pursell Shepard.

He was raised in Elmo and graduated from Wills Point High School in 1966. While in high school, he was a member of the WPHS football team that won the Class A State Championship in 1965.

Wed
26
Jul

Fern Faye Davis

Fern Faye Davis

1919-2017

Graveside services for Fern Faye Davis, 97, of Tyler, were held Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at White Rose Cemetery in Wills Point under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home. Mrs. Davis passed away July 22, 2017, in Tyler.

Wed
26
Jul

Ethel Mae Heddin

Ethel Mae Heddin

1930-2017

Funeral services for Ethel Mae Heddin, 86, of Edgewood, were held Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point with Pastor Jonathan Leach officiating. She passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Tyler.

Mrs. Heddin was born October 26, 1930, in Fruitvale to Walter B. Copeland and Annie Baker Copeland. She was raised in Fruitvale. She graduated from Garland High School in 1948. She married Major Ray Heddin Oct. 24, 1953, in Edgewood.

She worked for Edgewood ISD in the cafeteria for many years. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, cooking and sewing.

She loved her family very much and looked forward to spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church in Edgewood.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Heddin July 5, 2014; three brothers and one sister.

Wed
26
Jul

Eddie Almeda Mansell Kelsey

Eddie Almeda Mansell Kelsey

1923-2017

Funeral services for Eddie Almeda Mansell Kelsey, 93, of Edgewood, were held Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point. Burial was at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls.

She was born Sept. 25, 1923, in Wichita Falls to the late Eddie Lee Ewing and Essie Almeda Hulan.

She was raised in Wichita Falls where she attended school. She married Roy Nelson Mansell in Wichita Falls in April of 1941, and he preceded her in death March 4, 1949.

She married J.C. Kelsey in July of 1950. They lived in Wichita Falls where they raised their four children. Mr. Kelsey passed away in 1978.

She was employed as a beautician, operating a salon and working as a nurses’ aide for many years.

She married James Parker in 1981, and they lived in Iowa Park. After he passed, Eddie married Andrew Arrington in 2002.

Wed
26
Jul

Bobby Gene Hickey

Bobby Gene Hickey

1956-2017

Memorial services for Bobby Gene Hickey Jr., 61, of Wills Point, were held Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Forest Nichols officiating. Mr. Hickey passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Dallas.

Wed
19
Jul

Mary Jeanette Lyle

Mary Jeanette Lyle

1925-2017

Graveside services for Mary Jeanette Lyle, 92, Wills Point, were held Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Mineola, officiated by Russell Harris. Mrs. Lyle passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017.

She was born in Kingman, Kan. May 23, 1925, to the late Clarence E. and Pearl Irene Payne.  Mrs. Lyle was a resident of Crestwood Nursing Home in Wills Point for the last several years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Thad Lyle; son, Ben Frank Lyle; two brothers, John Payne and Frank Payne; two sisters, Margaret Gilmore and Edna Dean.

Wed
05
Jul

Howard Thomas Coe

Howard Thomas Coe

1930-2017

Funeral services for Howard Thomas Coe, 87, of Wills Point, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel in Wills Point with Bro. Ken Hackney officiating. Interment will follow at Dunbar Cemetery near Emory. He passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Kaufman.

He was born March 10, 1930, in Kosoma, Okla. to J. A. and Maggie Coe. He was raised in Oklahoma and later moved to Dallas. He married Mary Frances Forbis May 30, 1959, in Kilgore. He was formerly employed by Dallas Aeromotor and later was a self-employed barber in Dallas. He retired in 1995. He lived in Dallas before moving to Wills Point in 1968. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time. He was a member of The Baptist Men and Chapel of the Lake.

Wed
05
Jul

Carl A. Smith

Carl A. Smith

1944-2017

Funeral services for Carl A. Smith, 73, Winnsboro, were held Friday, June 30, 2017, at Beaty Funeral Home with Bro. David Harrell conducting. Interment followed at Hopewell Cemetery. Mr. Smith passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Winnsboro.

He was born Feb. 24, 1944, in Lillie, La. to John Smith and Delma Wall Smith. He was a retired executive VP with Monsanto Chemical Company and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. He loved restoring BMW micro cars and was a graduate of Louisiana Tech University.

Wed
28
Jun

Jay Thomas Nichols

Jay Thomas Nichols

1989-2017

Funeral services for Jay Thomas Nichols, 27, Dallas, were held Friday, June 20, 2017, at Robinwood Baptist Church in Seagoville under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point. Interment followed at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in Balch Springs.

Wed
28
Jun

Gregoria Vasquez

Gregoria Vasquez

1915-2017

Memorial services for Gregoria Vasquez, 101, Wills Point, were held Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery, Edgewood. She passed away Thursday, June 22 in Wills Point.

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