Obituaries

Wed
09
Aug

MaryLou Gift

MaryLou Gift

1935-2017

Funeral services for MaryLou Gift, 81, of Tyler, formerly of Wills Point, were held Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bro Dennis Ivy officiating.

Interment followed at Bright Star Cemetery north of Wills Point under the direction of Allan Fuller Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gift passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Tyler.

She was born Nov. 3, 1935, in Liberal, Kan., to Walter Charles Ross and Mary Leola Bennett Ross. She was raised in Liberal and graduated from Liberal High School in 1953.

She married Floyd Dale Gift Dec. 27, 1953, in Liberal. She lived in Garden City and Logan, Kan. prior to moving to Wills Point in 1977.

Wed
09
Aug

Joseph Paul Hess

Joseph Paul Hess

1947-2017

Memorial services for Joseph Paul Hess, 69, of Wills Point, were held Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Russell Memorial Methodist Church in Wills Point with Pastor David Cartwright officiating, under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.

Mr. Hess passed away at his home Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.

He was born Nov. 3, 1947, in Minot, North Dakota, to the late Paul Joseph Hess and Helen Adele Mitts Hess. He graduated from Bishop Ryan High School in Minot. He then attended North Dakota State University and later graduated with a degree in economics from the University of North Dakota.

Wed
09
Aug

Danyell Seay Oltean

Danyell Seay Oltean

1967-2017

Danyell Seay Oltean went to be with Jesus on July 30, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

There will be a Pink Memorial Celebration Aug. 11, 2017, at Samuel Farm Park 100 East US Hwy 80 Frontage Road, Mesquite.

The visitation reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the memorial service at 8 p.m.

Because of her positive outlook and fun disposition, this service will be a true celebration of her life. The family requests that you wear pink in her honor.

She was born Sept. 8, 1967, to Harry Lewis Seay and Audrey Junell Ward Seay in Dallas. She grew up in Mesquite and graduated from Mesquite High School.

Most recently, she worked as an assistant activities director for Ridgecrest Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Forney.

Wed
02
Aug

Marilyn Yvonne Reynolds

Marilyn Yvonne Reynolds

1939-2017

Funeral services for Marilyn Yvonne Reynolds, 77, of Terrell, were held Monday, July 24, 2017, at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point. Burial followed at Yantis Cemetery in Yantis. Mrs. Reynolds passed away July 19, 2017, in Terrell.

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.

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