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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.






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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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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 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.



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.

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