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 Services for Robert Landon “Bo” Bates, 17, of Sabine, Texas, were held at Saturday, January 9, 2016 at First Baptist Church Liberty City with Brother Tim Coop Deacon Bill Necessary participant. Interment in Cathedral in the Pines in Tyler, Texas. Bo, as he was affectionately called, died on Sunday, January 3, 2016 in Sabine.

Robert Landon Bates was born to Brian and Katy Bates in Longview, Texas on August 3, 1998. Robert garnered many nick-names due to his comedic personality: Big Bo Bates, Bo-jangles, etc. Bo was a kind, fun-loving, godly young man who was actively involved in his church, First Baptist Church Liberty City and participated in youth mission trips. Bo worked as a carhop at the Sonic. His compassion was such that he gave his first paycheck to assist a woman who was in danger of becoming homeless. Bo also had a tender heart toward those with special needs. He was a Junior at Sabine High School and was in the gifted and talented program as well as dual credit classes with Kilgore College. He initiated and was president of the Table Tennis Club at his school, loved to Yo-yo, and was a member of the FCA, the Spanish Club and the UIL Science Team. The young Mr. Bates was a versatile athlete who played football as a left tackle, ran track his freshman year but excelled in baseball as a pitcher, first baseman and homerun hitter. His accolades include: Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2013 for football, and Newcomer of the Year in 2014 for baseball, 1st Team Offensive Lineman, Sabine Cardinal Lineman MVP, All East Texas in baseball, 1st Team All District for football in 13/14.

Bo is survived by his parents, Brian and Katy Bates of Sabine; sister, Marisa Katelynn Bates; grandparents, John and Judy Idrogo, Neill and Marilin Bates and Janie Bates; uncle, John Idrogo and wife, Lacey; Aunt, Jennifer and husband, Stephen McCurley; aunts, Stacey and Stephane Bates; cousins: Madeline, Caroline, Connor McCurley, Kate and J.J. Idrogo, Colton Bates, River Gordon, Madison Beam, Mallory Patton, Jaden Robirds, and Douglas Gilley. Bo’s absence is also deeply felt by his community, his church, his school and of course, those he called friends.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents: Robert “Bo” and K.K. Sinclair, Virginia Bates, and Leo and Mavis Sullivan; Mr. and Mrs. Juan Idrogo, cousins, Brett Godwin, Landon Bates, and uncle, Dan Idrogo.

Serving as pallbearers are Justin Lee, Ethan Puckett, Andrew Coop, Javan Smitherman, Brendan Parker, Caleb Shafer, River Gordon, Cameron Callaway, Colton Bates and Dustin Longhofer. Honorary pallbearers are J.J. Idrogo, Connor McCurley, Colby Gleason, Gage Gleason, Douglas Gilley, Jaden Robirds, the Select East Texas Red Sox baseball team, the Sabine Football team and the Sabine Baseball team.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to First Baptist Church Liberty City, the community of Liberty City and Sabine for their support, encouragement and prayer

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 Services for Mr. Charles E. Wood, 87, of Gladewater will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Gladewater. Burial will follow at Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Linden under the direction of Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater.

Mr. Wood was born July 18, 1928 in Port Arthur and passed away January 8, 2016 in Gladewater. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Charles came to Gladewater in 1954 and owned an appliance business for many years. He has been a volunteer fire fighter for the Gladewater Fire Department, a member of the Lions Club, and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Gladewater. He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Gladewater. He is remembered as someone who was always willing to help and had a great faith in God. His favorite hymn was Victory In Jesus and he truly believed that with all his Heart.



A memorial service will be held at the Rosedale cemetery on January 11, which would have been Delight Moore Johnson’s 88th birthday. Visitation with family will be at the
 Rosedale Cottage at 10:00 a.m. with a graveside memorial at 11:00. Catherine Delight Moore was born in Gladewater to Clinton and Una Clyde Moore on January 11, 1928.
She married Harold Johnson on June 21, 1945. They had four daughters: Candy, Cathy, Conny and Delight. Mrs. Johnson moved to San Antonio in 1973 and passed away in New Braunfels, Texas on December 1, 2015 after a long illness.
 Mrs. Johnson was very involved in the San Antonio cultural scene. She loved opera, symphony, museums and musical theatre, and was a docent for various San Antonio tour groups. She made jewelry and loved to crochet, making many beautiful afghans for her family. She is survived by her four daughters, their spouses and two grandchildren.
 Services for Mrs. Betty Juergens Wood, 86, of Gladewater were held on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bailey Harris officiating. Burial will follow at the Starville Cemetery. Mrs. Wood passed away, Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in Longview.
Mrs. Wood was born June 22, 1929 in Belcher, Louisiana to the late John Juergens and Hattie Leeann Mitchell. Betty was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and homemaker. She loved spending time with her family visiting and laughing. Mrs. Wood graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Bible Study. Her passion was studying the Lord’s word and teaching Sunday School at First Baptist Church of Gladewater.  Betty enjoyed reading the bible, sewing and quilting and had a beautiful singing voice. She will be truly missed by all the loving family and friends she leaves behind.
She is survived by her daughter Donna Harden; son David Wood; two sisters Dorothy Wedgeworth and Ellen Lane; brother, John Juergens, Jr.; three grandchildren Jim Harden, Jr., John Wesley Harden and David Colt Wood; seven great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband Lester E. Wood who passed away in 2013, her sister Mary Elizabeth Williams and step-father A.F. Hamm.
Funeral services for Calvin Charles Anderson, 43, of Gladewater were Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Croley Funeral Home Chapel in Gladewater with Dr. Raymond Boulter and John Davis officiating. Interment will be in New White Oak Cemetery in White Oak. Mr. Anderson passed away on Friday, December 25, 2015 in a Longview hospital.
Mr. Anderson was born August 6, 1972, in Longview to Virgil and Evoynne Roach Anderson.  He was a self-employed computer graphic artist, had lived in Gladewater for five and half years and was a member of the First Christian Church.
Mr. Anderson is survived by his parents, Virgil and Evoynne Anderson of Gladewater; sister, Lisa Loper and husband, Keith of Gladewater; nephew, Christopher McGlathery; nieces, Elizabeth Loper, Heather Loper and Courtney McGlathery; four great-nieces; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Virganna McGlathery; grandparents, W.O. Roach and Dorothy Boudinhimer and Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Anderson.
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 Clarwanda was born to Clarence and Wanda Dawson of Gladewater.  She married Coy Hill of White Oak June 15, 1963. She graduated from Gladewater High School in 1961 with numerous accolades, and was Ms. Gladewater in 1961. Clarwanda was the first person to ski on Lake Gladewater, a fact she was always excited to talk about. In 1964, she graduated from Kilgore College with an Associate’s Degree. She was a proud Rangerette from 1962-1964. She enjoyed being a stay at home mother until she went to work at Gregg county courthouse in 1989. She retired in 2005.

 Clarwanda loved wearing her hats and jewelry. She enjoyed going to the casinos with her husband. She shared big time, fun memories of years on their house boat at Lake of the Pines and loved to tell stories about their time in the North West while her husband was in the military. Clarwanda was loved by many and cherished by her friends and family. She was always ready for a get together and enjoyed being with her grandchildren.

 She is preceded by her parents, Clarence Dawson and Wanda Dawson Delay. She is survived by her husband, Coy Hill; brother, John Dawson; and sister-in-law, Anita Dawson; son, Justin Hill; and daughter in-law, Crystal Hill; daughter, Susan Hogue; and son-in-law Clint Hogue; her grandchildren, Tanner Hill, Tristan Hogue, Landon Hogue and Carter Hill, along with many nieces and nephews and a lot of dear friends.



Graveside services for Will Allen “Jack” Jackson, 78, of Big Sandy, were held Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Gladewater Memorial Park, with Larry W. Osborne officiating. Mr. Jackson passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at home in Big Sandy.


He was born in Cass County on July 22, 1937. He was the son of Horace H. and Julie Gilbert Jackson. Will served in the Army as a SPC4. He worked for Schlitz Brewery, and owned Jackson’s Feed and Farm Supply in Gladewater. He was also a member of The Mims Chapel Methodist Church in Mims, and was a lifelong resident of the Big Sandy and Gladewater Areas.


Ruby Jeanine Garland

 Gladewater - Services for Ruby Jeanine Garland, 54, of Gladewater, were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Larry W. Osborne and Dick Dobbins officiating.  Ruby passed away in Longview, Texas surrounded by her loving family. 

Ruby Jeanine Garland was born to Johnny and Jean Dishman in Marshall, Texas on November 20, 1960.  Ruby and her family owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Gladewater for over 40 years.  She married Jerry Garland on July 30, 1983 and together they made Gladewater their home.  

Ruby was a devoted and loving wife and mother.  She adopted her children’s friends as her own; offering counsel and guidance to them just as she did her own children.  She also spoiled her four legged babies as well, never discriminating against dog, cat or turtle in her affections.  

Mrs. Garland is survived by her husband, Jerry Garland; her sons and daughters-in-law, Jacob and Shayna Garland, Jesse and Jessica Garland; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and 1 precious grandchild on the way, Harper Garland.   She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jed Dishman.

Pallbearers will be Richard Brewster, Brent Abernathy, Sammy Dishman Jr, Bunker Jimerson, Cameron Cockerell, Cody Burks. Visitation was held Friday, October 30, 2015 at Croley Funeral Home.  

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Freda Huddleston passed away October 25, 2015. Freda was born in Gladewater to Fred Bond and Lillian Sasser Bond.

Mrs. Huddleston is survived by her loving partner: Don Kersh, her 3 children: Carolene Fatherree, Jolene Bridges and Harry McMahan one stepson Chad Huddleston.  She has 5 grandchildren: Cory Fatherree, Ashley Branson, Justin Smith, Kaci Smith and Brandon McMahan.  She is also blessed with 8 great-grandchildren. Also her best buddy Kirah.






Services for Denny Jones, 59, of Longview were  Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at County Line Baptist Church near Diana, with Reverend Jody Cormier officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home in Diana. Interment will be at County Line Cemetery.  He passed away September 7, 2015 in Longview.

 Denny was born September 12, 1955 in Longview  to Jerry Wayne and Nella Rhea Jones. He was a self-employed mechanic who loved fishing, motorcycles, NASCAR and go-cart racing. Denny attended County Line Baptist Church.   

 Denny is survived by his sons: Denny Wayne Jones, Jr., Jason Lee Jones and Ray Russell, daughter: Ashley Armstrong, sisters and brothers-in-law: Diann and Lin Allen, Linda Alaniz, Rhonda and Perry Kopp, 5 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

 He was preceded in death by his parents, and uncle Chester Dee.  

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Graveside services for Joe Allen Bower, 68, of Gladewater, were held at Gladewater Memorial Park on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, with Pastor David Dusek officiating.  Mr. Bower passed away on Friday, September 4, 2015, in Gladewater.  Services are under the direction of Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater.

 Joe Allen Bower was born to Joe Verne and Jane Elizabeth Fancher Bower on November 8, 1946, in Garrison.  He retired from Motion Industries where he worked in Industrial sales.  He was also a Vietnam veteran proudly serving in the Marine Corps.  He and his wife, Kathy, were residents of Gladewater and sweethearts for 46 years. 

 Mr. Bower is survived by his wife, Kathy Bower of Gladewater; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Celia Bower of White Oak, Gregory Bower and fiancé Trish Franta of Crosby, Texas, and Timothy and Becky Bower of Union Grove; sisters, Sue Abbot of Waco and Debbie Johns and husband, Leroy of Union Grove; grandchildren, Whitley, Collin Carson, Matthew, Dakota, and Maddison Bower; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents. 


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Graveside services for Maudean Chamberlain, 93 of Las Vegas–formally of Big Sandy, were on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Chilton Cemetery with Reverend Bill Holmes officiating under the direction of Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer. Mrs. Chamberlain passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015 in Nevada.

 She was born on December 26, 1921, in Big Sandy to Claude L. and Vada Wheeler Bradley. Mrs. Chamberlain was a teacher at Porter ISD and was of the Baptist faith.

 She is survived by her son, Jack Chamberlain and wife, Macy of California; daughter, Ava Jo Chamberlain of Nevada; brothers, Claude Bradley Jr. and wife, Marilyn of Grayburg, Curtis Bradley and wife, Betty Sue of Houston; sister, Sue Taylor and husband, Pete of Gilmer; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 Mrs. Chamberlain was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence Chamberlain; son, Jimmy Chamberlain; brothers, Leonard Bradley and David Bradley; sisters, Lota Lee Holmes and Fay Mooney; grandson, Scott Chamberlain and one great-grandson, Cole Chamberlain.

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 Graveside services for Charline Medlin Cook, 94, of Gladewater, will be at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at Gladewater Memorial Park with Larry W. Osborne officiating.  Charline Cook passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

 Mrs. Cook was born to William and Blanche McCoin Williams on June 15, 1921 in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

 She is survived by her sons, Larry and Terry Medlin of Gladewater; sister, Pat Valentine of Beaumont, and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sons, Charles and Jimmy Medlin.

 No formal visitation is scheduled for this service.


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On Tuesday, October 14,2014 Clarice R. Skelton Chambliss, took the hand of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and with Him joined the host of family and friends awaiting her in heaven, She was born January 23, 1925 in Wilburton, Oklahoma, the fourth of six children born to Clarence R. and Ruth Mills Skelton.

Clarice’s family moved to Gladewater in the 1930’s where she attended Gladewater

Schools and was a member of the 1944 graduating class of GHS. Upon graduating high school Clarice briefly attended Tyler Commercial College. On June 11, l947 she married the love of her life F.J. (Joe) Chambliss, and in 2003 they celebrated 56 years of marriage . She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Mary-Martha Sunday School Class. She was a housewife and mother.


Tonna Marie Wager Day born in Delano, CA on November 4, 1948 passed away on October 6, 2014.

She is survived by her husband Royce Day and daughter, Amy Day both of Gladewater, son and daughter-in-law John and Beth Day, tow grandchildren, Katy and Marshal Day on New Braunfels, TX. Step sisters Georgina Nash and Theresa Bromme of CA and step-brother George Sova of Idaho.

She is preceded in death by her brother Howard Tacdol and sister Shirley Lowe.

There will be no service held.


Services for Shirley A. Armstrong, 79, of Bullard, Texas will be held at Croley Funeral Home Chapel in Gladewater, Texas on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. with David Antion Officiating. There will be no formal visitation and interment will follow at Gladewater Memorial Park after the service. Shirley passed Friday, October 17, 2014 at her home in Bullard.

Shirley Armstrong was in Gladewater, Texas on March 12, 1935. She married Garner Ted Armstrong on March 8, 1953 and together they founded the Intercontinental Church of God in Tyler.

Services are under the direction of Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater, Texas. Online condolences may be left at