Obituaries for the week of June 22, 2017

Virgil Faires, age 63, was born Nov. 9, 1953 in Bolivar, Tenn., and passed away June 9, 2017 in Tyler, Texas.
Virgil was a Church of Christ minister serving the Lord in a number of churches, the last 28 years at the Greer Boulevard Church of Christ in Pittsburg, Texas.
He is survived by his wife: Melinda Faires of Pittsburg, Texas; 4 children: Frankie and Jennifer Faires of Argyle, Texas, Lacey and Bryan Boykin of Greeley, Colorado, Jordan and Greg Kummer of Carrolton, Texas, Josh Roper of Euless, Texas; 3 grandchildren: Jack, Aiden and Jolai; brother: John Faires of Hackett, Ark.; 5 sisters: Linda and David Bailey of Midland, Ark., Beverly and Tim Atkins of Bentonville, Ark., Teresa and Jimmy Griffin of Fayettville, Ark., Sandra and Mark Barnhill of Bolton, North Carolina., Terri and Wayne Hayami of Mililani, Hawaii.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Tina Santos Faires.


Obituaries for the Week of June 15, 2017

Joyce Rountree Ryan, 76, was born July 8, 1940 in Pittsburg, to Earl Wayne “Doc” Rountree and Mable Shaddix Rountree and passed away on June 7, 2017 at East Texas Medical Center in Pittsburg.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Pittsburg. She had worked as an accountant for Bill Coker Ford and worked at Mike Benet Formals.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years: Raymond Ryan of Pittsburg; two daughters: Patti Jane Ryan Thomas of Keller, Renea and Heath Henderson of Pittsburg; grandchildren: Randi Renea Henderson, Tori Jane Henderson, and Abbe Jade Renea Thomas; brother: Rex Rountree of Houston; sisters: Kathryn Conley of Linden and Linda Monts of Pittsburg; sister-in-laws: GiGi Rountree of Tyler, Colleene Rountree of Andrew, Mary and Charles Melton of Mt. Pleasant, and Janice and Jimmy Hunter of Cason; life-long friends Ruby and Billy Martin of Cason and numerous nieces and nephews.


Obituaries for the week of June 8, 2017

Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Barbara Louise Smith Conrad passed away peacefully at 5:12 a.m. Monday, May 22, in Edison, New Jersey due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. 
 It was a most befitting hour, as sunrise was her favorite time of the day; and, because she had the extraordinary gift of shining her warm loving light on those blessed enough to have experienced her presences and her angelic voice. 
The youngest of educators Jerrie Lee Smith (Cash) and Army Capitan Conrad Smith’s five children, Barbara was raised in Center Point, Texas. She once wrote that it was a “…small southwestern rural black community, rich-red soil…and gentle breezes perfumed with the unique smell of East Texas Pines.”  It was in this beloved community’s Baptist church that Barbara “…first experienced great gospel revivals and the singing of Negro spirituals.”   


Obituaries for the week of June 1, 2017

GILMER – Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Faye Parrish, 90, of Gilmer, Texas was at 2p.m. Friday, May 26, 2017 at Croley Funeral Home Chapel in Gilmer with Larry Gilliam officiating. 
Interment was at Sunset Memorial Park in Gilmer. Mrs. Parrish passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Pittsburg.
Mrs. Parrish was born on Dec. 12, 1926 in Upshur County, Texas to Clarence Norman and Jewell Ray Taylor. She was a lifetime resident of Upshur County. As the matriarch of the Parrish family, she was a homemaker and kept the books for her husband’s cattle business. 
Mrs. Parrish was an excellent cook and loved to host get-togethers for her family that she adored. Her home was a gathering place for her family on many occasions and was always open to friends. 
Through her loving, caring ways and her good cooking, she helped mold the lives of many who crossed her path. In her spare time she also enjoyed reading her Bible and Bible studies. 


Obituaries for the week of May 25, 2017

Shirley Shelton Plunkett, 70, of Pittsburg, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, May 13, in Lindale, TX surrounded by her family and loved ones. Shirley was born October 24, 1946, in Pittsburg, Texas the daughter of R.O. Shelton and Gwendolyn Shelton. 
She married Don L. Plunkett of Louisiana in 1962 and they had two children, Raymond and Donna Plunkett. Shirley became a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1979 and worked for Dr. G.A. Fuller in Pittsburg. 
She was a member of Pine Baptist Church and Fellowship Baptist Church. A visitation for family and friends was held on Monday, May 15, from 6-8 pm, at Erman Smith Funeral Home, Pittsburg. 
Graveside Services were held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Crossroads Cemetery in Pittsburg, TX with Bro. Kyle Smith officiating. Fellowship Baptist Church and Pine Baptist Church hosted a luncheon for the family afterwards.


Obituaries for week of May 18

Norma June Riley Tanton, 78, was born June 20, 1938 and passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Hermann Medical Center-Houston with her family by her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents A.C. and Lottie Riley of Pittsburg, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, Milus Joseph Tanton of Mt. Pleasant, daughters Debbie Roark of Longview, Tammy Cooper and her husband Michael of Richardson, and Misti Tanton of Long Beach, California; brother A.C. “Bubba” Riley and his wife Katy of Lufkin; and six grandchildren.
A private memorial will be held per Norma’s wishes.


Obituaries for the week of May 11, 2017

Royce Oliver Duncan was born Dec. 7, 1928 in Pittsburg, Texas to Nathaniel and Alice Duncan. 
He was the last of eight children. He passed away May 1, 2017. Royce was married to Rosemary Rye Duncan for 53 years and had three children; Cathy, Becky, and Steven Duncan.
After retiring from the Post Office in Longview, Texas in 1984, he and Rose Mary moved to the Mena area, and after Rose Mary passed in 2005, he continued to live there until 2013. He moved to Texarkana, Texas after selling his home.
Royce enjoyed sports, gardening, and wood carving.  
He served in the Korean War in 1950-1952.
Royce is survived by a daughter, Becky Knepp and husband Tim of Linden, Texas; five grandsons, Matthew, Joshua, Erick, Jake and Justin; granddaughter,   Kelli and many great-grand children.


Obituaries for the week of April 27, 2017

Betty Ruth Rust was born May 6, 1938 in Antlers, Okla., to Clayton J. Hayes and Clara J. Walker Hayes.
Rust was a member of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Pittsburg and had worked 29 Years at Mike Benet Formals in Pittsburg and 12 years at the Pittsburg Public Library.
Rust is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles W. Rust of Pittsburg; son, David Rust and wife Linda of Pittsburg; daughter: Pamela Smith and husband David of Mount Pleasant; grandchildren Brandon and Shelby Rust, Chris Rust, Amber and Danny Holderness, Tiffany and Kyle Robertson; great-grandchildren Addison and Braylen Rust, Logan and Lankston Holderness, and Kinley Robertson; brother: Elbert Burnett and wife Ellen of Antlers, Okla.; sister, Sharon Tigert Dinnis and husband Sam of Las Vegas; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Clayton J. Hayes and Clara J. Walker Hayes Burnett.


OBITUARIES for week of April 20

Oleta Pierce Kennington, 89, passed away at her home in Pittsburg on Monday morning, April 17. 
She was born Oct. 17, 1927 in Dallas to Joe Lorenzo Pierce and Tommie Edgar Pierce. Oleta was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a longtime member of the Greer Boulevard Church of Christ in Pittsburg.


April 13, 2017

Mildred Robinson was born Feb. 21, 1934 in Camp County to Elvin Reel McCaslin and Myrtle Canant McCaslin and passed away on April 3 at her home in Pittsburg in the Holly Springs Community.
She was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and was a homemaker to her husband; Carroll and children: Jerry, Donald and Debbie.
She is survived by her husband: Carroll Robinson of Pittsburg; two sons: Jerry Robinson and Donald Robinson, both of Pittsburg; and daughter: Debbie Copeland and her husband Larry of Pittsburg. She is also survived by granddaughter: Amy Bynum Cunningham; great grandchildren: Kaden Proffitt, Kenley Proffitt, Kember Cunningham, Mailey Bynum and Allison Bynum; and sister: Sue Davenport of Pittsburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson: David Bynum and siblings: E.B. McCaslin, Ruth Knight, Gladys Cravey and Elton McCaslin.


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