Gainesville Daily Register
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LAKE KIOWA — Funeral services for Lois Belford, 87, of Lake Kiowa are set for Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the Whaley United Methodist Church, under the direction of the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
Lois is survived by her husband, Earl of Lake Kiowa; sons, David, Bruce and Bryan Hedman; daughters, Julia Murphy and Georgia Goad; grandchildren, Cristin, Jessica, Paul, Leslie, Christopher and Nichole; great-grandson Ryder Nichols and a sister, Ruth Ann Ericson.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
BERNICE LOUISE (MATNEY) PARKER
SAINT JO — Bernice Louise (Matney) Parker, 86, of Saint Jo died peacefully Nov. 29, 2010 at Muenster Health and Rehabilitation, formerly Saint Richard’s Villa, in Muenster.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Saint Jo.
Burial will follow at the Illinois Bend Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the McCoy Funeral Home of Saint Jo.
Bernice was born in Illinois Bend on Dec. 17, 1923 to Robert and Sally (Spencer) Matney. Bernice was the youngest of four children. On July 3, 1941 Bernice married Adrian Parker in Walters, Okla. For many years she enjoyed tending to the home and raising her children. At the age of 42 she pursued higher education, eventually earning an associate’s degree from Cooke County Junior College, a bachelor degree in education and a master’s degree in library science from Texas Woman’s University. Her passion was teaching children, in particular learning to read. She taught for several years as a teacher and librarian at Saint Jo ISD.
Bernice was an active member of the Saint Jo Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, gardening, singing and visiting with family and friends. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and numerous organizations for the betterment of others. Her faith and love of family were her greatest joys.
She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Sheila and Tom Arledge of Katy and Lisa and Phil Bellows of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Rex and Sabrina Parker of Saint Jo; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gene and Pauline Parker and sister-in-law, Opal Wineinger, all of whom were her joy and greatest delight.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
CAROLYN JO BLANKENSHIP LEE
Funeral services for Carolyn Jo Blankenship Lee, 82, will be held at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at the R.S. Farmer Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
Burial will be in R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery at Silsbee. Services are under the direction of the Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee.
Mrs. Blankenship Lee died Nov. 29, 2010 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
She was born in Gainesville Aug. 10, 1928.
She is survived by her husband, Charles W. Lee of Silsbee; daughter, Carol Strouf of Beaumont; sister, Kathryn Mann of Henderson and brother, Jim Blankenship of Dallas.
Visitation will be held at from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening, Dec. 1, at the R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee.
Condolances will be accepted at www.timeformemory.com.
EARNEST DWAYNE GARNER
COLLINSVILLE — Funeral services for Earnest Dwayne Garner, 78, of Collinsville are pending with the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home in Gainesville.
Mr. Garner died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at his residence.
REV. CHALMER DON DARLING
Rev. Chalmer Don Darling was born Oct. 10, 1933 in Perryville, Mo. to the late Chalmer Eddie and Eulene Fassold Darling. He “moved on” to Heaven on Nov. 28, 2010 at the Brookside Care Center in Madill, Okla.
He was raised primarily in the St. Louis area. He graduated high school in 1951 and attended Washington University on a full scholarship. In 1953 he was called to the ministry and transferred to Bob Jones University. Also that year he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Pearl Blanton. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree in Bible. He then moved on to Covenant Theological Seminary where he received a bachelor of arts and a master of arts degrees in Divinity. After an internship at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tenn., he was ordained in 1963. He served in churches in St. Louis, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., a mission outreach in Western Colorado and Gainesville and Gordonville. He also served as director of development at Covenant College and as an agent/instructor/manager for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company.
In his retirement years, he served as an interim pastor in Minco, Okla.; Anchorage, Alaska; Harlingen and Crossroads Baptist in Oklahoma.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Stephen and wife Barbara of Gainesville; son, Nathan of Whitesboro; sister Bonne Darling of Jackson, Mo.; granddaughter, Ashley Darling of Columbus, Ga. and nieces, Kelison Hines of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Jessica Stevenson of Benton, La.
A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at Scott and Denton Streets in Gainesville at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the general scholarship fund at Covenant Theological Seminary, 12330 Conway Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141 in his name.