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.

Obituary: Billie Frances Christian

Billie Frances Christian, 86, went to be with her Lord Feb. 25, 2013 in Athens. She died peacefully with family by her side.

Billie was born the daughter of Willie Lee and Texie Burns Brown October 30, 1926 in Commerce. She was raised in Commerce and graduated from Commerce High School. Billie also attended East Texas State University. She married Fred A. Christian Nov. 20, 1946. They moved to Odessa where she worked in payroll and accounting for the Ector County Public Schools for 30 years. She was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Odessa. After retirement she and Fred moved to Fort Pierce, Fla. for a few years then moving to Athens which became their home the past 27 years. Billie’s hobbies included cooking, collecting recipes, reading, tending her roses and watching football games. She found great enjoyment daily watching birds outside her kitchen window. She always loved and welcomed any opportunity to spend time with her family.

Billie was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband of 66 years, Fred Christian, who passed away just two weeks prior to her on Feb. 9, 2013.

Survivors include daughter Lydia Haynes and husband Bruce, Athens; son Larry Christian and wife Betty, Athens; granddaughter Christi Stelter and husband Brandon, McKinney; four step-grandsons and their spouses, seven step great grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 in Carroll Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Perry Eaton officiating.

Private interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens.

If desired, memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice, 201 St. Thomas, Athens, Texas 75751.

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Obituary Haneva Simmons

Haneva Simmons, 78, of Malakoff was born on Sept. 4, 1934 in Three Rivers, Texas to the home of Hughey Robinson and Evie Loraine Mowles; and passed away on Feb. 21, 2013 in Malakoff.

Most of us will remember Mrs. Simmons as “the Tamale Lady.” She made delicious handmade tamales and sold them around the lake for years.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer T. Simmons; brothers, J.D. Robinson Sr., Bud Robinson; brothers, Johnny Hawthorn, Garland Andrew Hawthorn, and Fred Hawthorn; sister, Verdie Allen; children, Fred Wayne Berry and Mary Ann Hays.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Ruby Lee Hays Insell and husband Huey, John Wayne Hays Sr. and wife Felicia, Billy Hays and wife, Angie, Elizabeth Ann Hays Fagan; brothers, Charlie Paul Hawthorn, Joe Everitt Hawthorn, and Oscar Jim Hawthorn; sisters, Mary Pearl Powell, Louise Harris, Lois Ann Green, Bessie Lee Follet; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held noon–2 p.m. before the funeral.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at Moorhead Epps Memorial Chapel under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home.

Obituary: Rafael Rangel Pizana

Memorial services for Rafael Rangel Pizana, 71, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at the Kiwanis Park Pavilion in Athens.

Mr. Pizana died Feb. 23, 2013 in Athens. He was born Feb. 15, 1942 in Bend, Texas to the late Julian and Delfina Rangel Pizana.

Rafael formerly resided in Corpus Christi three years, Woodburn, Oregon six years, Sinton, Texas six years and moved to Tyler in 2011 from Portland, Oregon where he had lived since 1985. He was a retired Aviation Mechanic. A well decorated U.S. Army Veteran , Rafael served three tours of duty with the 82nd Airbourne in Vietnam and was a prisoner of war for three months.

Survivors include his wife Maureen Mary Pizana; sons, Ralph Pizana, Madisonville, Daniel Pizana, Shannon Pizana, both of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Caprice Christopher and husband John, Tyler; brother, Pete Pizana, Victoria; sisters, Norma Lucio, Gloria Ciarese, Tina Aguillar, all of Corpus Christi, Rosil Gonzales, Salem, Oregon; 12 grandchildren.

Obituary: Mary Ruth Byrd Jackson

Mary Ruth Byrd Jackson
Mary Ruth Byrd Jackson

Services for Mary Ruth Byrd Jackson, 96, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Charles Parker officiating.

Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.

Mrs. Jackson died Feb. 23, 2013 in Athens.

She was born Nov. 19, 1916 in Corsicana to the late Walter and Bliss Nevada Hunt Byrd. She was a 1935 graduate of Corsicana High School. Mary moved to Athens in 1947. She retired from Vassarette of Munsingwear, Inc. after a 35-year tenure. She was a 57-year member of Central Baptist Church. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Ray Jackson, Dec. 7, 1965, an infant brother Billy Byrd, brother Charles Byrd and sister Margie Little.

Survivors include son Ernest Ray Jackson and wife Keitha, Arp; daughter Mary Crossley and husband Kenneth, Conroe; sister Christian Williams, Corsicana; grandchildren, Diane Jackson and husband Paul Twomey, Lori Jackson and husband Tim Ehmke, Michelle Crossley and husband Manny Angulo, Brent Crossley and wife Brandie; great-grandsons, Ross Ward and Alex Crossley; numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will greet friends at the funeral home 12:30 p.m. until service time Tuesday.

If desired, memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, P O Box 590, Athens, Texas 75751.

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