Obituary: Jack Gilbert

Funeral services for Jack Gilbert 78, Athens have been scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Tuesday September 18, 2018 at Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens.

Mr. Gilbert passed away Friday morning in Tyler.

Jack was born April 14, 1940 in Denton, Arkansas to the late Andrew Jackson and Willie Emma White Gilbert. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a resident of Athens for 30 plus years and was an Assembly of God by faith. He was a master of all trades and loved to tinker with cars and spend time in his garden. Jack was an entrepreneur involved in many types of businesses during his life. He retired 10 years ago but his love for interacting with people and his desire to help them, he reentered the workforce working for Lowes the last 2 years before his health declined.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Gilbert of Athens, daughters; Celia Boone and her husband Chris, Corsicana, Jackye Simon and her husband Herb, Mena, Ar., Eugenia Whittaker and her husband Kenyon, Bradleyville, Mo., son; Eric Gilbert and his wife Amy, Cross Roads, grandchildren; Michael, Lance, Paul, Megan, Christina, Mark, Chelsie, Derrick and Sam., 14 great-great grandchildren, brother; Tommy Gilbert and his wife Gail, Honey Grove, Texas, sister; Elizabeth Capp, Littlerock, Ar.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Monday evening September 17, 2018 at the funeral home.

Obituary: Regina Speckmann Askew

Regina Speckmann Askew, age 53, went to be with the Lord on September 11, 2018, at her home in Athens. Regina was born on August 5, 1965 in Dallas, Texas to Mary Dozier Meyer and Oliver Redd.

She earned her associate degree in nursing from Tyler Junior College in 2010. She married Troy Askew on September 1, 2007. Regina enjoyed boating, four wheeling, and time spent with her family.

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Obituary: Billy Boyce

Funeral services for Billy Boyce, 38, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Athens Church of God. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.

Billy Boyce passed away on September 11, 2018 in Athens.

Billy Boyce Jr. was born November 5, 1979 in Athens, Texas the son of Billy Boyce Sr. and Tracy Louise Baker Boyce. He attended the Athens Church of God and one of the things he greatly enjoyed doing was preaching. There was never a time when Billy wasn’t trying to make people smile and he was known as a hard worker. He loved his family dearly, especially his little brother Michael and his nieces and nephews.

Billy is preceded by his maternal grandparents, Ernest and Betty Baker and his paternal grandfather Franklin Boyce.

He is survived by his parents Billy and Tracy Boyce of Athens; one brother Michael Boyce and wife Savannah of Athens; two nieces and two nephews, Logan Boyce, Jasmin Boyce, Cash Boyce, Graceland Boyce all of Athens and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018 until Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Athens Church of God.

Serving as pallbearers: John Young, Clifton Acker, Andy Bourland, Johnny Cooper, James Curry, Freddie Baker and Randy Davis.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family.

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Obituary: Walter Jerry Stephenson

Walter Jerry Stephenson, 87, passed away on September 3, 2018. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. September 16, 2018 at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

He will lie next to his beloved wife of 51 years, Nancy Morgan Stephenson, who preceded him. They were both loved and will be truly missed.

Jerry is survived by his sons Lane and Jay and their respective wives Debbie and Nancy, along with his four grandchildren, Taylor, Morgan, Chandler and Jake, all of whom he was able to watch grow into fine young adults.

He touched countless lives through his work as a hospital administrator and a restaurant owner, as well as during his service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, his time on the Shreveport Fire Department and as a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. Jerry’s passions were woodworking, charcoal grilling, John Wayne movies and a good Hank Williams song. When he proposed to his college sweetheart Nancy told Jerry that she did not believe in long engagements, and he said he did not believe in short marriages. Now they are finally together again- and this time it’s forever.

Obituary: Timothy Scott Gilbert

Funeral services for Timothy Scott Gilbert of Mabank are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens with Bro. Frank Upchurch officiating.

“Scotty” passed away September 5, 2018 in Longview, Texas.

Timothy Scott Gilbert was born October 24, 1967 in Dallas, Texas the son of Margaret Ann Moran Drummond. He was always a hard worker and for 20 plus years he worked as a foreman for the Gulf Shore TeleCom. In 2015 he left to become the owner and operator of Voltage Construction. He enjoyed traveling or taking cruises, hunting and cooking; especially for Chili cook-offs. He loved dancing and entertaining and was always the life of the party. “Papa” treasured spending time with his grandkids. He was a loving son, husband, father, a brother, uncle and grandfather that will be missed by all those who knew him.

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