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  Challis, James E. (Ike)
Challis, Marie Beard
Fuller, Barbara Alyne
Greer, Dorothy Geneva
Grigg, Horace
Johnson, Joe M.
King, Jane H. F.
McAllister, Genevieve Langham
McKnight, Felix R.
Pharr, Mildred Walker
Powell, Johnnie L.
Rogers, Joe Hudnall
Sizemore, Georgia
Strickland, Marjorie
Threlkeld, Delle Cass
Tolley, Donna Shoemaker
Watson, Joseph P. Jr.
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James E. (Ike) Challis
December 3, 1926 - October 6, 2006
NEW LONDON - Graveside services for James E. Ike Challis, 79, New London, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Hayman officiating under direction of Burrows Overton Funeral Home, Overton.

Mr. Challis died Oct. 6, 2006, in New London.

He was born Dec. 3, 1926, in Apache, Okla., to Wendell Martin and Marguerite McCauley Challis. He moved to East Texas in 1937 and was in the London school explosion on March 18, 1937, graduating in 1944. He was a member of London Baptist Church, Myrtle Masonic Lodge 145 in Oklahoma City, Okla., and served as a volunteer at London Museum and Tea Room. He retired in 1986 from Ideco Dresser as a sales service manager with 30 years service, and served in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific.

Survivors include sons, Jim Challis, Moore, Okla., Pat Challis, Claremore, Okla.; stepson, Ron Elrod, Granbury; brother, John Challis, Spring Hill; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one niece.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Museum Scholarship Fund, 690 S. Main, New London, 75682.
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Marie Beard Challis
Graveside services for Marie Beard Challis, 76, of New London, will be 2 p.m. today, April 5, 2005, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, in New London, with the Rev. Kelly S. Krone and Mr. Hunter Hawkins officiating. Arrangements are by Burrows Overton Funeral Home.

Mrs. Challis died Sunday, April 3, 2005, in a local medical center. Born May 9, 1928, in Haynesville, LA, to George and Anna Norton Beard, she was a member of London Baptist Church.

She moved to East Texas in the early thirties, and was a student at New London School during the gas explosion.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Ike Challis of New London; son, Ronny Elwood and wife, Susan, of Arlington; two step-sons, Jim Challis of Wichita, Kan. and Pat Challis and wife, Jill, of Claremore, Okla.; brother, Alton Beard of Kilgore; brother-in-law, John Challis and wife, Jean, of Springhill; six grandchildren, including Deanna Elrod Elkins and husband, Evan, of McKinney, Emily, and Meagan Elkins; niece, Sheila Frazier of New London; several other nieces and nephews; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2005, at the funeral home.
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Barbara Alyne Fuller
May 12, 1926 - September 18, 1999
ODESSA - Barbara Alyne Fuller, 73, of Odessa died of cancer on Sept. 18, 1999, in a local hospital. Alyne was born May 12, 1926, in Bishop in Nueces County to Hugh E. and Mary Jane Miller. She attended school in New London and survived the school explosion there in 1937. She was a talented musician and won state as a flutist in high school. She attended Kilgore Junior College and was a member of the band. She married Jon Fuller Sr. on July 7, 1947, in New London. They moved to Odessa in December 1957.

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she worked diligently in many church positions. In addition to church work, she enjoyed baking, sewing, needlepoint and doing genealogical research. She worked some outside the home and was one of the first female letter carriers in Texas. She worked in food service and served as the manager of the Blackshear cafeteria and the Ham Yankee restaurant.

Known affectionately as "Sissy" to her family, Alyne was a loving wife and mother and a doting grandmother.

She leaves behind her husband of 52 years, one son, five daughters, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her children are Barbara Earl and husband, Tony, of Seattle, Dr. Jon Fuller Jr. and wife, Paula, of Moab, Utah, uzanne Fletcher and husband, Tommy, of Abilene, Melinda McGaugh and husband, Rick, of Lubbock, Nancy Fuller of Midland and Scharlotte Smith and husband, GayIon, of Norman, Okla. A sister, Corrinne Foley, resides in Garland.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, in Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2011 N. Washington, with Bishop Spencer Thompson and Bishop Gaylon Smith Sr. officiating. The eulogy will be brought by Andy Varga. The interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.

Her grandsons will honor her by serving as pallbearers. They are Greg McGaugh, Jon Fuller III, Gaylon Smith Jr., Ryan Fuller, Bryan Smith and Kevin Smith.

Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
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Dorothy Geneva (Blackwell) Greer
October 11, 1918 - February 3, 2014
GLADEWATER — Dorothy Geneva Greer passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday, February 3, 2014, at Longview Regional Medical Center, while surrounded by her immediate family. Born October 11, 1918, in Overton, Geneva was the daughter of Albert D. Blackwell and his wife, Maude Schuler. She was the great-granddaughter of Jediah J. Blackwell, moved to Rusk County from Georgia in 1857.

Geneva Blackwell grew up in Overton and graduated from New London High School in 1936. She married Lloyd Stevens on April 17, 1938, and shortly thereafter moved to Pointe ‘a la Hache, Louisiana, where her husband was employed by the Humble Oil Company. In 1942, Mr. and Mrs. Stevens moved back to Texas, eventually settling in Gladewater in 1944. Lloyd Stevens passed away in 1968. After fifteen years as a widow, Geneva married Herbert Greer in 1983 and they spent twenty-three happy years together before his death in 2006.

Mrs. Greer devoted much of her time to family and friends. She joined the United Methodist Church of Gladewater in 1944, and at the time of her death, she was the oldest living member of the congregation. She was also involved in many community activities, including Gusher Days and the Gladewater Garden Club.

Geneva Greer was preceded in death by her two brothers, Carl T. Blackwell and Earl L. Blackwell, both from the Overton area; and by her sister, Annie R. Smith from Henderson.

She is survived by her three children, Mrs. Trecia S. Roberts of Austin, Texas, and Mr. Ronald L. Stevens and Ms. Melesia L. Stevens, both of Gilmer, Texas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater. Visitation will be 12:30-1:30 p.m., followed by a “celebration of her life” service. Interment will be in Lakewood Memorial Cemetery in Henderson following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Creative Christians at United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1167, Gladewater, TX 75647. Checks should be make out to the United Methodist Church and should include the notation “Geneva Greer-Creative Christians”.
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Horace Grigg
January 20, 1920 - May 13, 2006
Mr. Grigg, 86, died Saturday, May 13, 2006 at Artesia Good Samaritan Center. Michael Joiner and Jim McDonald will officiate at the services with burial at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dalton Lee Bell, John Foster, Preston Means, Al Lewis, Johnny Ellis and Dwayne Pounds. Honorary pallbearers will be the Artesia Good Sams and 0l' Codger Coffee Group.

Mr. Grigg was born January 20, 1920 in Beasley, Texas; the son of George Grigg and Jessie Mae (Winn) Grigg.

On April 27, 1941 he was married to Tana Cox in Brownfield, Texas.
He came to Artesia in 1979 from Pinon, and then moved to Carlsbad in 1988.
She preceded him in death Mar. 6, 1993.

He was a Plant Operator for Humble Oil until retiring in 1971 and became a rancher. He was a member of Hermosa Drive Church of Christ, Artesia Good Sams Club, and 0l' Codgers Coffee Group in Carlsbad. He was a survivor of the New London School explosion of 1937 in New London, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Edwin Grigg.

Survivors include daughter Tam Bell of Artesia; brother Bill Grigg and wife Dorothy of Harrison, Arkansas; grandchildren Dalton Lee Bell, Jole Bell, and Sarah Bell; great-grandchildren Joel Thomas Bell and Katelynn Paige Bell; 1 niece and 2 nephews. The family has requested memorial contributions be made to your charity of choice.

Services are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Hermosa Drive Church of Christ for Horace Grigg, 1805 Clayton Ave., Artesia, New Mexico.
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