Obituary: Roberto Zavala

Roberto Zavala
Roberto Zavala

Funeral services for Roberto Zavala, 80, of Athens are scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013 and a funeral mass is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013 at the St. Edwards Catholic Church in Athens. Burial will follow at Athens Cemetery in Athens.

Mr. Zavala passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Tyler.

Roberto was born April 20, 1933 in Monte Escobedo, Zacatecas Mexico the son of Jesus Zavala and Maria Gandara Zavala. He was a hardworking man who loved his family. He enjoyed farming and spent countless hours making toothpicks. “Welito” was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Mr. Zavala was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Juan Antonio Zavala; and two brothers, Alfredo and Eustolia Zavala.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Maria Socorro Miranda Zavala; five daughters, Rosario Z. deCastillo of Piedras Negras, Mexico, Antonia Z. Herrera of Jacksonville, Texas, Felicitas Z. Castaneda of Athens, Lilia Z. Rojas of Denver, Colo., Azucena Z. Carranza of Athens; four sons, Jose de Jesus Zavala of Athens, Reynaldo Zavala of Athens, Roberto Zavala Continue reading “Obituary: Roberto Zavala”

Williams stepped down at AISD for daughter’s sake

By Michael V. Hannigan

When Athens ISD school board member Raymond Williams stepped down last week just a month after being reelected, the big question was why. Well, I spoke to Mr. Williams today and the answer was pretty simple: He put being a father first.

Mr. Williams stepped down so that his daughter can become a teacher at Athens ISD. Jordan was the 2007 valedictorian from Athens High School and has earned not only her bachelor’s degree, but also her master’s.

She will be joining Athens ISD as an elementary teacher.

Because of nepotism rules, Jordan could not be hired while her father was on the school board.

“I think she’ll do a great job,” Mr. Williams said. “I think she’ll do much better as a teacher than I ever did as a school board Continue reading “Williams stepped down at AISD for daughter’s sake”

Obituary: Woodrow Wilson Ford, Jr.

Woodrow Wilson Ford, Jr.
Woodrow Wilson Ford, Jr.

Services for Woodrow Wilson Ford, Jr., 74, Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Bro. Joe Hall officiating.

Mr. Ford went to be with the Lord June 24, 2013 in Athens.

He was born Aug. 19, 1938 in Monterey, Tenn. to the late Woodrow Wilson and Waltha Elizabeth Conley Ford. Woodrow served a 29-year tenure at Curtis Mathes Manufacturing/Harvey Industries. After retiring Woodrow enjoyed spending winters fishing at Port Aransas. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and served four years in the United States Navy.

Survivors include his wife Raquel Jaure Ford, Raquel and Woodrow celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 4, 2013; daughter Rachel Rushing and husband Gary, Lawton, Okla.; son Woodrow Wilson Continue reading “Obituary: Woodrow Wilson Ford, Jr.”

Head celebrates 50 years as attorney

Fred Head

Athens attorney Fred Head and Tyler attorney and outgoing State Bar President Buck Files were recognized at the State Bar of Texas Convention in Dallas on Friday, June 21, as having served as Texas lawyers for 50 years. Pictured, from left, are Fred Head, Buck Files’ wife Robyn, Buck Files and Head’s wife Marsha as they visit following former State Bar President Files’ farewell speech at the 50-year lawyer recognition luncheon. Both Files and Head, who served Smith, Henderson and other East Texas counties as State Representative for 14 years, maintain active law practices from their downtown offices in Athens and Tyler, respectively. After their visit, Files and Head issued the following joint statement: “We and our wives feel very blessed to be a part of the East Texas Family of hardworking, God-fearing individuals and we give thanks that the Lord has watched over us and given us the strength and good health to continue our active work in behalf of the people of Texas.” (COURTESY PHOTO)

Firefighters support each other


The City of Tool Volunteer Fire Department would like to say thank you to the Eustace Volunteer Fire Department for donating 40 cases of water to the fire department to help take care of the fire fighters in this summer heat. Pictured, from left, is City of Tool Firefighter Donald Gordon, Chief of City of Tool Shaun Williams, Eustace Chief Chris Anthony, and Eustace Assistant Chief Eddie Anthony. (Courtesy photo)