Obituary: Durwood Dingler

LARUE — Services for Durwood Dingler, 87, LaRue are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at LaRue Baptist Church with Rev. Olin Boles and Rev. Gary Bowman officiating. Burial will follow in LaRue Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Durwood died Feb. 25, 2013 in Tyler.

He was born July 21, 1925 in Poynor to the late Raymond Milton and Lena Vanderver Dingler and was a life time resident of LaRue. Durwood served in the U S Army with a tour including North Africa up through Italy during World War II. He received his purple heart in the actions at Poe Valley. He was a member of LaRue Baptist Church and had been employed many years at Athens Canning Company and Curtis Mathis Manufacturing Company. He loved gardening, hunting , fishing and visiting with friends.

Durwood was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Dingler in 1999 and son Mackael Durwood Dingler.

Survivors include son Randy Dingler and wife Carol, Tyler; grandchildren Kevin Dingler and wife Tracy, Cammy Hensley and husband Matt, both of Tyler; great grandchildren Macy and Lexi Meggs, Tyler; brothers Marion Dingler and wife Alice, Winona, Louie Dingler and wife Geri, Tyler; sister Gene Blackburn, Dayton, numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be John Ellis Crossley, Delbert Crawford, Marvin Miller, Joe Young, Joe Beard, Billy Cramer.

Visitation for family and friends will be 12:30 until service time at the church.

You may leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family at

Obituary: Raymond Eugene Duckett

Services are pending for Raymond Eugene Duckett, 76, of Log Cabin.

Mr. Duckett was born on June 19, 1936 in Grandview, Texas to the home of Shelby Duckett and Connie Hartis. he passed away on Feb. 25, 2013 in Athens.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Shirley Duckett; children Trena Davis and Elisha Ann Duckett; grandchildren Tina Taylor, Meagan Gunter, Michael Gunter, Amy Parish, and Randy Davis and other family and friends.

Obituary: Connie Denice Nesbitt

Connie Denice Nesbitt, 42, of Eustace was born on Nov. 2, 1970 in Sulphur, La. to the home of Terry Lee Nesbitt and Shirley Ann Berry. She passed away on Feb. 25, 2013 at her home in Eustace.

Connie graduated from High School at North Caddo, La. Connie (Mom) was a loving and caring mother to her three kids, an overall great person to everyone she knew; truly a good woman.

She is preceded in death by her father.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Christopher Shane Nesbitt, Chase Alan Nesbitt and wife Niki, Morgan Leigh Ann Phillips and fiancée David Stegall; mother Shirley Ann; brothers Terry Wayne Nesbitt, Keith David Nesbitt, and Clinton Wayne Nesbitt and wife Tiffany; grandchildren Conner Stegall and Dakota Nesbitt; and many other family and friends. She will be dearly missed by so many.

Services are pending.


Rest in Peace ~ We love you Mother ~ Shane, Chase and Morgan.

Memorial donations have been set up at First State Bank in Mabank.

Daily Brief: Wednesday, Feb. 27


1. Trinity Valley Community College and the Lady Cardinals are teaming up with faculty member Mandy Weber to raise funds for the East Texas chapter of the Amazing Little Hearts Group (ALHG) tonight. 

2. The Athens City Council approved more than $34,000 in funds and in-kind donations to the Spalsh Pad project this week.

3. Friday is the final day to file for local city council and school board elections. 

4. We sat down with Athens EDC President Brian Malone to talk about job creation as part of our AMA (Ask Michael Anything) series.

5. High School basketball is over for this season with last night’s losses to Mabank (60-42 against Pleasant Grove) and LaPoynor (49-47 to Kerens) in Regional Quarterfinal action.


A Eustace Middle School student earned the prestigious Black Lion Award. 

I posted a photo album from last night’s Mabank Panthers playoff game. 

Cross Roads Little Dribblers will be hosting a tournament March 11-16. 


Looks like there will be major cuts to the Post Office in LaPoynor. (The Review)

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TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cards in action tonight

Lady Cards 5By Benny Rogers, Sports Information

The No. 1-ranked Lady Cardinals go after a 43rd straight Cardinal Gym win today against San Jacinto at 5:30 p.m. The game will be streamed (audio) online at

The Lady Cardinals are 27-1 on the year and 14-0 in conference. San Jacinto is 7-18 and 2-12.

Earlier this month, the Lady Cardinals were an 80-46 winner against San Jacinto.

With a win against San Jacinto, the Lady Cardinals will clinch no worse than a share of a 12th straight conference championship.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to wrap up the regular season at home Saturday against ninth-ranked Blinn at 4 p.m. A win would give the Lady Cardinals an outright conference title and the No. 1 seed in the regional tournament next week.


The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to return to action Friday in the opening day of the three-day Region XIV Cross Over Tournament in Longview. They take a 13-7 record into the event.

Here is the seven-game schedule for the Lady Cardinals:


2 p.m. – vs. Alvin

6 p.m. – vs. San Jacinto


9 a.m. – vs. Lamar

3 p.m. – vs. Coastal Bend

7 p.m. – vs. Blinn


11 a.m. – vs. Galveston

3 p.m. – vs. Angelina

Coach Ashley Johnston is four wins from her 100th career victory.

The Lady Cardinals’ next home game is Wednesday, March 14 against Navarro. Doubleheader action begins at 1 p.m.


The Cardinals head east across the border tonight to take on Bossier Parish in their final road game of the regular season. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Cardinals take an 18-10 season record into the contest. They are 9-8 in conference play. Bossier Parish, which fell 80-69 to the Cardinals earlier this month at Cardinal Gym, is 9-17 and 2-15.

Improving their seeding at next week’s regional tournament will be the top priority for the Cardinals. With two games to go, it appears they will most likely be seeded anywhere from 7-10.

The Cardinals are scheduled to close the regular season at home Saturday against Navarro. Game time is 6 p.m.


The Cardinal Sports Network will webcast Saturday’s doubleheader at Cardinal Gym. Pregame programming for the 4 p.m. women’s game starts at 3:50 p.m.

You can watch the games at