Obituary: Nelda Dickerson

A memorial service for Nelda Dickerson, 80, Poynor is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mickey Wagoner officiating.

Mrs. Dickerson died July 26, 2013 in Athens.

She was born July 14, 1933 in LaRue to the late Tom Murphy and Mamie Elizabeth Crossley Richardson. Nelda lived in Dallas for many years raising her family. She returned to the East Texas area in 1979 and resided here until her death. She was a member of Poynor Baptist Church. Nelda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Lewis Dickerson and son Joe Don Dickerson.

Survivors include sons James Dickerson, Poynor, Jeff Alan Dickerson and wife Kimberly, LaRue; grandchildren Jennifer, Jaime, Josh, Courtney and Tasha and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

If desired memorials may be made to Poynor Community Cemetery, P O Box 140, Poynor, Texas 75782.

Special thanks to Beverly Crow and the staff of Mabank Nursing Center for the care of our mother.

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Obituary: Thelma Imogene Dansby

Thelma Imogene Dansby
Thelma Imogene Dansby

In beloved memory of our mother Thelma Imogene Dansby, 83 of Tool. She was born July 7, 1930 in Harper, Ks. to the home of Louis Newell and Virginia Bowman Newell and was received in Heaven on July 22, 2013.

Mom was preceded in death by her husband Dannie Joe Dansby and great grandson Orion Hernandez. She is survived by her children Virginia Dansby of California, Steve Dansby and his wife Linda of California, Joan Sherbert and her husband Charles of Texas, Lindsey Joe Dansby and his wife Jeanne of California, Thelma Irene Kelly of California, Gail Dansby of Nevada, Mark Dansby and his wife Sandra of Missouri, Pearl Kummerfield and her husband Tom of California, Howard James Dansby and his wife Marie of California, Dannie Dansby and his wife Angie of Nevada, 21 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, numerous other family members and many friends. A family visitation was held on Tuesday at Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.

Obituary: Lydia Gunstanson

Lydia Gunstanson
Lydia Gunstanson

Services for Lydia Gunstanson, 84, Murchison are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Opelika Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery.

Lydia died July 23, 2013 in Athens.

She was born June 21, 1929 in Athens to Jessie Eugene and Minnie Ruth Peterson Malone. Lydia was a devoted nurse and served many organizations in the Athens area for many years. She had lived in Murchison the past 50 years and was a member of Opelika Baptist Church. She loved to paint, quilt and work in her garden. Lydia was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by a son, David Gunstanson, in 1951.

Survivors include daughter Diann Touchon, Murchison; sons W. O. Gunstanson and wife Dana, Dallas, Jesse Gunstanson and wife Michelle, Athens, Gene Gunstanson and wife Vicki, Athens, Jere Gunstanson and wife Debra, Athens, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

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Obituary: Fayrene R. Miller

Fayrene R. Miller
Fayrene R. Miller

Funeral services for Fayrene R. Miller, 81 of Larue are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Chapel of the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens with Bro. John Green and Bro. Mike Curry officiating. Burial will follow at Davis Cemetery in Athens.

She loved and served the Lord until her final breath on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Athens. She was an active member of Lake Athens Baptist Church.

Fayrene was born Feb. 9, 1932 in Baxter, Texas to Claud Richardson and Artie Mae Baker Richardson. She lived her life in the Baxter Community where she met and married her lifelong love and best friend, Floyd Miller. During their 65 years together, Floyd and Fayrene were blessed with three children. Fayrene spent most of her days caring for younger siblings, raising her children and loving her grandchildren. When she did work outside the home, it was doing what she loved: baking for others. She spent several years as the head baker for New York Texas Cheesecake and often found herself in front of television cameras filming for Food Network and local news stations. Although the spotlight was not her comfort zone, she handled it with the grace of a true, southern lady.

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Obituary: Chad Conaway

Chad Conaway
Chad Conaway

Services with military honors for Chad Conaway, 40, of Athens are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Mr. Conaway died July 21, 2013 in Palestine.

He was born Aug. 10, 1972 in Athens. Chad was a 1991 graduate of Athens High School where he played football for the Hornets. He then attended Trinity Valley Community College. Chad served in the United States Marine Corp five years. He worked eight years for Texas Department of Corrections in Palestine and eight years for Seagoville Federal Corrections Institution. He was an avid outdoor sportsman enjoying deer hunting, dove hunting and fishing. Most of all watching football was his number one past time.

Survivors include daughter Courtney Leeann Conaway, Athens; father J. Alton Conaway, Winona; mother Glenda Conaway, Eustace; sister Melanie Conaway, McKinney; maternal grandmother Charlene Lusk, Jacksonville; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.