The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

December 27, 2006

Obituaries for 12-27-06

Jack Wallace

Services for Jack Wallace of Palestine will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Scott Dornbush officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

Mr. Wallace died Monday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

He was born July 15, 1923 in Caddo Texas to Harry X. Wallace and Katreen Mosely Wallace. He attended school in Ranger, Texas and graduated from high school at Electra, Texas. Jack graduated from Nixon’s Business College, Palestine in 1941, received his BBA from the University of Texas, Austin in 1953 and received his Appraiser’s Certification from S.M.U., Dallas. He worked 17 years with an oil company. His experience included owning a petroleum products wholesale and retail company. He later became a member of the Houston Homebuilders Association building many homes in Houston and Palestine. Mr. Wallace was a sergeant in the infantry and a second lieutenant in the Engineers, National Guard.

After returning to Palestine, he worked as a field supervisor for a non-profit organization. His last work experience was as owner and operator of a small travel/tour company.

His proudest accomplishments have been the 65 years of marriage to his wife, Mary and his love for his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, his son Robert and wife Anne residing in Alabama, his daughter Debbie Tate and husband David residing in Bandera, Texas, a brother Jim and wife Margaret residing in Levelland, Texas and a sister Mary Ann Cowan and husband Richard residing in Tampa, Fla.; a grandson, Kenneth Siegel of Houston and granddaughter, Heather Oldbury of Houston. Mr. Wallace also has three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, John J. “Jim” Wallace.

Honorary pallbearers will Dick Newman, Bobby Totah, Alex Kobar, C.D. Terry, Johnnie Herrington and members of the Victor Sunday School Class.

Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 422 S. Magnolia St., Palestine, Texas 75801.

Ruby Lennon

Services for Ruby Berniece Lennon, 87, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Willie Reagan officiating. Burial will follow at Restwood Memorial Park in Lake Jackson.

Mrs. Lennon died Tuesday at Palestine Healthcare Center.

She was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Rohne, Texas to Berniece and Emma Lee Langston Kirk.

Mrs. Lennon had lived in Palestine for 12 years coming from Brazoria. She was an active member and Sunday school teacher at Broyles Chapel Baptist Church until she was 85.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Levie Lennon; brothers, Bill Kirk and Cecil Kirk; sister, Laura Lee Dyess; and granddaughter, Chantel Martin.

Mrs. Lennon is survived by her son, Gary Lennon of Clute; daughters, Wanda Martin of Tennessee Colony, Darlene Green of Longview and Linda Real of Magnolia; brother, Adrian Kirk of California; sister-in-law, Hilde Kirk of Athens; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

Pete Mattlage

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Community Church for Pete Mattlage, age 78, who passed away Dec. 25, 2006 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. Rick Hale will officiate. Private family burial will be conducted at South Park Cemetery.

Pete was born on April 21, 1928 to Henry and Mary Mattlage in Crawford, Tx. He was the youngest of 11 children. His parents precede him in death as well as five brothers and four sisters.

Pete married Genevieve Taylor on June 23, 1953 in Quanah, Tx. His wife preceded him in death on Thanksgiving Day 1986.

Pete was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict and he was proud of being a Charter Member of Grace Community Church.

Pete was a well respected coach having a great passion for football in Roswell. He transformed losing football programs into city championship titles year after year at Yucca and Mesa Junior High Schools. He touched the lives of young boys as he coached with discipline, love and care. Many of his former players have achieved successful and rewarding careers because of his influence.

Following his retirement in 1984 he enjoyed his daily outings with his 6 a.m. golfing buddies, listening to country music, playing the stock market and horse racing. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends and he most loved the times he spent with his children and grandchildren.

Pete was proud of his German heritage, that he was from Crawford, Tx. and that his family’s home place is a neighbor to President Bush’s residence.

Pete was well loved by all that knew him and always greeted everyone with a smile and a friendly word. On Christmas day Pete received the greatest gift of all, being in the presence of God and reunited with his sweetheart, Genevieve!

He is survived by his son: Dr. Glenn Mattlage and wife Tina of Roswell, N.M.; his daughter: Dr. Carol Herrington and husband Jim of Palestine, Tx.; his sister: Dorothy Bankston of Lawrenceville, Ga.; his grandchildren: Meredith and Aaron Mattlage and Brent Herrington.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero, Roswell, NM 88201 or The Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund of the First United Methodist Church. 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Roswell, NM 88201.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at .

James Roy Cecil

James Roy Cecil went to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2006 at the age of 76. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and a wonderful friend to all who knew him. He will be missed by so many.

James was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Crockett and spent his youth throughout East Texas and Houston before enlisting in the Navy. After serving his country, he spent 40 years in Houston raising a family and working in the construction industry. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Palestine.

He is survived by his bride of 54 years, Marjorie; two children, David Cecil and wife Karen of Houston and Mary York and her husband Henry of Palestine; six grandchildren, Buffie Scroggs and her husband David, Jennifer Acker and her husband Jason, Britney York, Kayla Cecil, Michael Cecil and Matthew Cecil; four great grandchildren, Ryan Trezise, Katie Trezise, Aubrey Acker and Gage Acker; two sisters, Nina Collins and her husband Wayne of Denver, Colo.; and Linda Cecil of Montgomery; and numerous other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home in Crockett. with graveside services thereafter at the Grapeland City Cemetery in Grapeland.

Laverne Nelms Kennedy

Private memorial services for Laverne Nelms Kennedy, 74, of Elkhart, will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Kennedy died Dec. 24 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home of Van.

Kenneth Carl Carlton

Funeral arrangements for Kenneth Carl Carlton, 69, of Elkhart, are pending at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

Mr. Carlton died Saturday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

Tomekia Morgan Shepherd

Funeral arrangements for Tomekia Morgan Shepherd, 29, are pending at Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine.

Ms. Shepherd died Saturday afternoon at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

Brent Orr

Services for Brent Wellington Orr, 34, of Palestine, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Evangelistic Temple with the Rev. Rick Dees and Dr. Barry Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

Mr. Orr died Tuesday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of D’Wayne Wiggins.

Clarence “Blue” Smith

Funeral arrangements for Clarence “Blue” Smith, 74, of Galveston and formerly of Anderson County, are pending at Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine.

Mr. Smith died Monday at Seabreeze Nursing Home in Galveston.