Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Gloria Sanchez Hernandez passed away after a long battle with cancer in Arlington, March 15, 2016. Gloria was born May 17, 1951, in Dallas and is preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Santos Sanchez.
Gloria was married to her loving husband of 50 years, Raymond Hernandez. 
She is survived by her children, Cynthia and Sean French, Raymond and Betty Hernandez Jr., Daniel Hernandez, Michael and Leslie Hernandez, and Chris and Brenda Hernandez; sister and brothers Louise Luera, Jesse Sanchez Jr., Joe Sanchez, David Sanchez, and Daniel Sanchez; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous of nieces and nephews.
She was an amazing, beautiful woman who never met a stranger.  She enjoyed gardening, knitting and loved to travel.  She was a loving mother to be admired and praised. A service was held in Athens.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Gloria Hernandez.



Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Memorial services for Vickie Annette Bassham-Landi, 53, of Trinidad, are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Caney Creek Baptist Church, 5441 FM 3054, in Malakoff.
Vicki passed away March 19, 2016, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
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Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016

Worked up photos Rogers Obit

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Rogers Obit

Services for Barbara Van Rogers, 78, of Malakoff, were held Jan. 12, 2016 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with Bro. Gene Hazell and Bro. Buddy Hazell officiating.
Burial followed at Malakoff City Cemetery in Malakoff under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.
Surrounded by family and listening to her favorite gospel hymns, she died at home Jan. 9, 2016.
The lifelong resident of Malakoff, she was born Aug. 23, 1937, to Doc and Bertha Abbott.
Bobbie retired after 33 ½ years in the banking profession in Dec. of 2005. She also was employed at Texas Clay Industries in the late 1980s.
She enjoyed spending time on Facebook and shopping online. She also enjoyed reading and watching the Texas Rangers and Texas Lady Longhorns on TV, as well as attending Haltom High School girls basketball games.
Her favorite TV shows included “The Young and Restless” and “Joel Osteen.”
Bobbie was a longtime member of Parkview Baptist Church in Malakoff.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Roy Abbott and infant sister Bonnie Abbott.
Bobbie is survived by her husband of 59 ½ years, Leamon Rogers, of Malakoff; son Benny Rogers of Malakoff; daughter and son-in-law Lori and Drew Douglas of Athens; daughter Mandy Rogers of Keller, sister Joyce Baker and husband Nolan of Malakoff; brother Danny Abbott of Malakoff, sister-in-law Vera Abbott of Mildred, grandchildren Joseph Douglas and wife Thiana of Fulshear and Jessica Douglas Simmons of Keller; great-grandchildren Marcela and Juliana Douglas and Parker Simmons; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Michael Hunsaker, Glenn Roy Leopard, Lynn Rogers, Carl Ray Simmons, Russell Rogers and Bret Alsobrook.
Honorary pallbearers were Ron Day, John Dukes, Bill Mullins, David Douglas and Cooper Fine.
You may light a candle or write a condolence in Mrs. Roger’s memory at



Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2015


Karen Marie Branham, 55, of Malakoff, passed away Dec. 2, 2015.
She was born Dec. 15, 1959, in Dallas to Peggy and Tommy Marr.
She is survived by her husband, Dwaine Branham, daughters Jennifer Barker and Melissa Rushing; aunt Patsy English, uncle David Underwood and six precious grandchildren Colton Barker, Tommy Malomey, Kylee Rushing, Kassidy Rushing, Ryan Russell and Riley Russell.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Jackie Marr.
A memorial will be held at a later date.



Posted by : admin | On : November 13, 2015

John spencer

The world has lost a great man. A man who was greatly respected, admired by all and loved by his friends and family.
John Franklin Spencer was born July 11, 1935, in Kaufman, to Joseph and Sarah Spencer. He was the youngest of four children who included brother Fred and sisters Alice and Ruby. He was named for then Vice President John Garner and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
During his early years, John grew up with a love of music. He took his inspiration from Sunday church hymns, as well as Big Band, Dixieland and Jazz. This prevailing interest would be a common thread for the remainder of his life, starting with his college education.
After high school, John left Kaufman to attend East Texas State University in Commerce with the goal of making music his vocation as well as his passion. While in college, he demonstrated his talent as a trumpet player with a five-piece local band dubbed “Four Hits And A Miss.” whose “Miss” was the female piano player. In addition to challenging music theory, his classes taught him proficiency in several instruments, including the baritone, tuba and French horn. His determination garnered him a Master’s and Minor Degree in Music.
It was around this time that John’s life changed forever. He and his future wife, Glendeen Brooks, both reluctantly agreed to go on a blind date set up by friends. This rendezvous was all it took for them to realize they were perfect for each other and they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. After a brief courtship, they eloped to Durant, Oklahoma, and said their vows in front of a Justice Of The Peace and two friends Feb. 2, 1958.
For the next school year, John took his new bride with him to Nixon, where he spent his first two years as the Nixon High School band director. During this period, John attended many University of Texas football games in nearby Austin, developing a life-long enthusiasm for the Longhorns and enjoying the band’s halftime show even more than the contest on the field. He recorded these excursions with a new 8-millimeter movie camera, which became a significant hobby for him. This camera would document his life and family for the next 25 years.
In 1960, John’s future set a new course when he answered an ad in the paper for a band director job in the flourishing little town of Trinidad. Who would have known then the impact he would have on this community for the next 55 years?
Soon after their arrival in Trinidad, John and Glendeen welcomed son Glenn into the world, the first of four children. In 1963, daughter Leslie added a little girl to the family and in 1964, son Dwayne made his entrance. The family seemed set until daughter Tangie made a surprise appearance in 1972.
At school, John fulfilled all of the music education for the entire student body. Not only was he the band director for the high school, he was the only teacher in school who taught all 12 grades. In addition to guiding high school students, he further displayed his talent for instructing with bright-eyed pupils from the first grade, playing oatmeal boxes and triangles to the beat, as well as eager fifth graders, playing their instruments for the very first time. His greatest professional pride was having an accomplished 50-plus piece marching band; a stunning achievement for a school as small as Trinidad.
Former band members will recall his amazing ability to make the performances as professional and commendable as possible,



Posted by : admin | On : October 26, 2012

Rosalee Colvin of Trinidad passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 in Athens at the age of 79.

Rosalee was born on July 5, 1933 in Dallas to Jessie Bannister and Margie Patterson Bannister.

She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Maxwell of Trinidad, and Jodell Gunstanson of Malakoff; brothers Freddy, Howard, Lewis, Bill and Bobby; sisters Barbara and Louise; three grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Margie Bannister; husband Richard Colvin and numerous brothers.

Visitation was held 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.

Service were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff with Harold Colvin officiating.



Posted by : admin | On : October 26, 2012

James David Roland, 56, passed away at his home the morning of Oct. 19, 2012.
He was born Oct. 18, 1956.

James is survived by his wife, Kathy Roland; sister Judy Roland; stepmother Barbara Roland; stepchildren Jennifer Hubbard and John Hubbard. Also surviving are three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as numerous aunts and cousins
He was employed at Baikowski-Malakoff, Inc.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.



Posted by : admin | On : October 26, 2012

Services for Dale Christopher, 71, Athens, were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 in Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Pastor John Wilson and Billy Cissell officiating.

Burial followed in Malakoff Cemetery.

Mr. Christopher died Oct. 20, 2012 in Athens.

He was born Jan. 22, 1941 in Athens to John Reagan and Myrtle Lane Christopher and had been a lifelong resident of the community. He had a 35-year career as a barber and was an ordained minister. He was a member of Athens Praise and Worship Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William Glenn Christopher and W.R. “Chief” Christopher.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Christopher, Athens; sons Jimmy Dale Christopher and wife Jennifer, Hallsville; stepchildren Shelley Howard and husband Kim, Eustace, Jerry Lantz and wife Verna, El Paso, Robert Matthews and wife Megan, Conroe, Sabrina Barrow, Athens; brothers Nelson Christopher and wife Carol, Athens; grandson Jimmy Lee Christopher; 10 step-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Barbara Christopher, Irving, Rita Christopher, Brownsboro.

Pallbearers were Michael Christopher, Tim Howard, T.J. Howard, Jason Burch, Robert Matthews, and Ray Graham.
Visitation for family and friends was 6-7 p.m. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Children’s Ministry, Athens Praise and Worship Center, P.O. Box 1442, Athens, Texas 75751.



Posted by : admin | On : October 26, 2012

Services for Florence Pierce Jumper, 79, of Malakoff were held 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Cross Roads with the Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating.

Burial followed in Post Oak Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jumper died Oct. 21, 2012 in Tyler.

She was born March 4, 1933 in Cross Roads to the late Ed Roy and Beatrice Waller Pierce and was a 1950 graduate of Cross Roads High School. Following graduation she attended St. Paul School of Nursing in Dallas. She later worked for Dr. Nash, a dentist on the Courthouse Square in Athens. While employed for Dr. Nash, she met and married the love of her life, Howard T. Jumper, Jr. They resided in Houston 26 years, moved to Bellville for eight years then returned to Malakoff in 1994. She was a member of First Baptist Church Cross Roads.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Louise Heidelberg.

Survivors include husband Howard T. Jumper, Jr., Malakoff; sons Mike Jumper, Sugar Land, Randy Jumper and wife Sonia, Houston; daughters Becky Renee Morton, Tina Dupree, Tanya Jumper, all of Malakoff; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Luke Jumper, Kevin Jumper, Justin Lindley, Jeremy Jumper, Shane Jumper, and Rick Sadler.

Visitation for family and friends was 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

You may leave a message or light a memory candle for the family at



Posted by : admin | On : October 26, 2012

Funeral services for Henderson County Pct. 1 Judge, the Rev. Henry Ashford, 65, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Athens, with the Rev. Frank B. Mosley officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Tyler, under direction of John R. Harmon Undertaking Co.
Rev. Ashford died Oct. 20, 2012, in Waco.

He was born July 7, 1947, in Calvert and graduated from Jackson High School in Tyler. He was a 29-year resident of Henderson County where he served as Henderson County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1. He was pastor of New Beginning Ministries, Athens.

He served as president of Athens Housing Authority, past president of Henderson County Black History Committee, member of Henderson County Ministerial Alliance, Henderson County NAACP and various other committees. He served in the U.S. Army and was preceded in death by his parents, Montgomery Ashford and Katherine Lusk, and one brother, Andrew R. Lusk.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Cassie Williams Ashford, Athens; two sons, Antwoin Smith (Renee), Fort Worth, and Henry Ashford Jr. (Katrina), Burleson; two daughters, Sonya Ashford of Waco, and Kathryn Simmons (Stevie) of Burleson; four brothers, Lincoln Ashford, Chicago, Ill., Aaron Ashford, Abilene, Lawrence Young, Copperas Cove, Ernest Young, Mount Holly, N.J.; two sisters, Harold Ann Prince, Fort Worth, and Mona Ekpunobi, Abilene; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Viewing will be Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 837 N. Prairieville, Athens.