Obituaries

Kay Parmer Spradlin

September 21, 1952 - September 18, 2018

Services for Kay Parmer Spradlin, 65, of Chandler, are scheduled for Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at Rock Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Sexton and Rev. Robert Welch officiating. Private burial will be in Rock Hill Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Spradlin passed away September 18, 2018 in Chandler.  She was born September 21, 1952 in Peoria, Illinois to the late Truman and Johnnie Parmer.

Survivors include husband, Dwain Spradlin of Chandler; daughter Malinda Ulm and husband Dave of Cave Creek, AZ; son, Mitchell Spradlin and wife Megan ofTyler; grandchildren, Mason Spradlin and wife Lauren of Chandler, Gwen Ulm of Cave Creek, AZ, Myla and Maggie Spradlin of Tyler; and great grandchild, Annabelle Kay Spradlin of Chandler.

Pallbearers are ordained deacons of Rock Hill Baptist Church, and honorary pallbearers are the K-steppers.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. with services to follow at Rock Hill Baptist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Zoey’s Place C/O Rock Hill Baptist Church, 20022 SH 31 E, Brownsboro, TX 75756.


Roberta Frances Rockwell

July 17, 1942 - September 16, 2018

Funeral Services for Roberta Frances Rockwell, 76, of Chandler are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Bristow officiating.

Mrs. Rockwell passed away on September 16, 2018 in Tyler.

Roberta was born July 17, 1942 in Shelbyville, Kentucky to the late James Edward and Helen Collins Jordan.  She graduated from Eminence High School in Kentucky and was the founder of Texas Leather and Lace, a rodeo drill team club. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed.      

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James Howard Rockwell, Sr.; grandchildren, Kristina Rockwell and Jeremy Rockwell. 

Roberta is survived by her children, James Howard Rockwell, Jr. and his wife Susan of Lexington, Kentucky, Ed Rockwell and his wife Gina of Gore, Ok.; brother, James Thomas Jordan and his wife Janie of Lipan, Tx.; grandchildren, Joshua, Aaron, Brock, Jordan and Tabitha; Four great grandchildren. 

Visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday at the Chandler Memorial Funeral Home from noon until 1 P.M.



Wilma Huckabee

December 18, 1944 - September 16, 2018

Funeral Services for Wilma Alene Prince Huckabee, 73, of Chandler are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018 at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bob Sexton officiating.  Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery.

Mrs. Huckabee passed away on September 16, 2018 in Lubbock, Texas. 

Wilma was born December 18, 1944 in Snyder, Texas to Barney Milton and Inez Quita Chandler Prince.  She retired from nursing after 28 years.      

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jerry Huckabee after 36 years of marriage; sister, Bonnie Phipps; 4 brothers, Robert, Milton, Walter and Jimmy Prince.

Wilma is survived by her children, Wetonia Neff and husband Doug of Snyder, Lonnie and Donnie Hall of Brownsboro, Michael Huckabee and wife Christi of Chandler; stepson, Jerry Huckabee and wife Jacquelyn of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Nine grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; 7 sisters, Mary Howell of Florida, Thelma Gardener and husband Johnny of Snyder, Linda Kubena of Snyder, Donna Isbell and husband James of Tyler, Gaye Underwood and husband Russell of Ben Wheeler and Janelda Scharlz and husband Bill of Weatherford.

Pallbearers will be Dallas Huckabee, Dakotah Neff, Brenden Hall, Rusty Underwood, Russell Underwood, Dustin Hall and Ryan Page.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. 


Debbie Moehrig

December 26, 1952 - September 14, 2018

Graveside services for Debbie Moehrig are scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:15 AM at DFW National Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, September 17, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Billy Dean Miller    

January 23, 1930 - September 10, 2018

Funeral Services for Billy Dean Miller, 88, of Chandler are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Chandler Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Chandler with Rev. Bob Logan officiating.     

Mr. Miller passed away on September 10, 2018 in Tyler.

Billy was born January 23, 1930 in Ben Wheeler, Texas to the late Reagan and Beulah Gray Miller.  He retired from the United States Air Force as Master Sergeant after 24 years of service, serving in Korea, Vietnam and the Occupation of Japan. After retiring from the military, he became an independent contractor in the AC industry.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mabel Miller in September of 1976, and his second wife Doris Miller in May of 2017. 

Billy is survived by his sons, Billy Dean Miller, Jr. and wife Clair of Chandler, Kyle Miller and wife Jana of San Antonio; stepdaughters, Sophia Pierce and husband David of Tyler, Suzy Trejo and husband Tony of Lindale; sister, Betty Jean Brantley of Edom; grandchildren, Rachel Mabel Miller, Jayson Michael Miller, Emily G. Miller, Ross A. Miller, Luke B. Miller, Sarah E. Miller, Jenica B. Tomdale and husband Chris, Lindsey G. Steffy and husband Sean, and 3 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 14, 2018, from 5 to 7:00 p.m. at the Chandler Memorial Funeral home. 


Robert Paul Kratzer

January 27, 1942 - September 3, 2018

Robert Paul Kratzer, 76, of Whitehouse, passed peacefully September 3, 2018 with his family by his side.

Graveside services are scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler with Rev. Van Graham officiating. Burial will be under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Robert was born January 27, 1942 at Scott Field, Shiloh Valley, Illinois to Chester Kratzer and Lefa Barone.

Robert graduated from Omaha South High School in 1960.  He then went on to serve in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era.  Upon return, he furthered his education to become a Computer Repair Technician.   

Robert soon met Ruth and they married on September 15, 1968 in Tabor, Iowa.  Together, they enjoyed travelling, hiking, and birdwatching among many other activities.  In 1975, they were blessed by the birth of their Daughter, Tamara.  Not long after, in 1976, they received their second blessing with the birth of their son, Daniel.

Survivors include wife, Ruth Kratzer of Whitehouse; daughter, Tamara Kratzer of Whitehouse; son, Daniel Kratzer and Sean Smith of Troy, New York; sister, Marilyn Novak of Omaha, Nebraska; brother, Ronald Kratzer of Lincoln, Nebraska; brother, Donald Kratzer and sister-in-law Arlene Kratzer of Columbus, Nebraska.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to:

Hospice of East Texas

4111 University Blvd

Tyler, TX 75701


Austin Derrick Fout

August 24, 1998 - September 2, 2018

Services for Austin Derrick Fout, 20, of Brownsboro, are scheduled for Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Rock Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Welch and Rev. Danny Bristow officiating. Burial will be in Rock Hill Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Austin Derrick Fout was born on August 24, 1998 in Tyler Texas. Austin’s favorite past times were spent outdoors whether it was baseball, football, playing golf with his dad, or hunting anything that was in season.

Austin was an all-around athlete playing both varsity football and baseball all four years of high school.  Austin’s love for sports started at the age of 4 and many great memories have been made “on the field”. His mischievous grin and knack for telling jokes kept everyone who knew him laughing.  With Austin there was never a dull moment. He made football and baseball practice more enjoyable with his fun-loving antics. He was a leader and a mentor on and off the field as well as a role model to the younger kids who looked up to him. Even when the team would be down a few runs, he would hit one of his famous “dingers” and fire up the guys to come back and win the game.  

If Austin wasn’t playing sports, he was spending time with friends. Whether it was a duck blind, deer stand, a field of dove or a riverbank Austin loved to be out enjoying nature hunting whatever happened to be in season.  

Where ever he was or whatever he was doing his smile was contagious and affected everyone around him. Austin never met a stranger and would always greet you with a BIG bear hug. Austin was the kind of kid who was always there whether it was to fix a fence, mow your yard, or just help out, no questions asked. 

The love Austin had for his family and friends was something that was never a question.  His H & P Rig 507 crew were his second family away from home. Many days you could find Austin at the donut shop sitting with his Papa shooting the breeze with the men. Austin will always live in the hearts of those who loved him.

“Hammer down!”

He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, J.R. and Irene Fout; and uncle, Timothy Hardin.

Survivors include parents, Michael and Carrie Fout of Brownsboro; sister, Jordan Reynolds and husband Ben of Longview; nieces, Chloe and Cora Belle Clark of Longview; and maternal grandparents, Danny and Barbara Hardin of Brownsboro. Uncle Jonathan Hardin and wife Shelia of Brownsboro; Aunt Linda Nelson and husband Jim of Tyler; Uncle Gary Fout and wife Alejandra of Cypress; Aunt Becky Parker of Georgia; and closest cousins Ashley Fulcher and husband Allan of Tyler and their children, Hudson and Harrison; Kayli of Tyler; Paige Hardin and her children Paisley and Huxley of Brownsboro; Blake of Brownsboro.

Pallbearers will be Jake Conner, Paybo Green, Dillon Carver, Taylor Rushing, Bryce Smith, Bailey Wilmeth, Jared Gailey, Logan Coffey, Blake Hardin and Micah Shultz. Honorary pallbearers will be Wyatt Rinehart, Trace Crocker, Swaide Houston, Troy Tullos, Tucker Thomison, Joey Boyd, Trey Fulcher, Bryan Sanders, J.B. Miller and Joe Salinas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brownsboro High School Athletic Booster or the Brownsboro High School Agriculture Booster clubs.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 2-4 PM at the church.


George Daymon Lote

June 2, 1930 - September 3, 2018

Graveside services for George Daymon Lote are scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.


Walter Marion Newman

August 17, 1924 - August 18, 2018

Services for Walter Marion Newman, 94, of Chandler, are scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Memory Gardens Chapel in Victoria. 

Walter Marion Newman was born in Caldwell, Texas on August 17, 1924, to Walter Lee Newman and Mary Alice McGregor Newman and passed away August 18, 2018, celebrating 94 years and 1 days of life.  He graduated from Galena Park High School in Houston, Texas.  Upon graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Lila Mae George.  They spent a whole two weeks together before he shipped out to serve in the WWII Pacific Theater as a Navy Seabee.  Walt returned home from the war to Lila and a two-year-old daughter, Gola Ann, that he had never seen.  He eventually went to work for DuPont in Victoria for 30 years before retiring.

Walt was proceeded in death by his parents, by Lila, by granddaughter Melora Newman by Lila’s parents Gladys and Travis George, by brother-in-law and wife Eddie and Joyce George, by nephew Everett George, by sister-in-law Wanda Newman, and by Christine Robinson his second wife.

He is survived by Alton Lee Newman a brother, by Gola Ann Linke and husband Olin, by John Allen Newman (his son) and wife Candace, by grandchildren Cecil Linke Jr and Sue, Suzette Villarreal and John, Clint Linke and Stephanie, John Clayton Newman, and by great grandchildren Kristen and husband Matt, Cecil III, Alexis, Avery, Wyatt, Austin, and Jaryn, by nieces Judy Sparks, Jill  Dworsky, and Kim George and Sharon Cobb and families, and nephew David Newman and family.  He is also survived by Christine’s children, son Jim Robinson and Wife Lisa, and daughters Carolyn Taylor and Margaret Hudson and families.

Visitation and remembrance will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 6-9 PM at the Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.  

In lieu of flowers the family requests donation to Hospice or a charity of their choice.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Chandler Memorial Funeral Home family.


Joy Lynn Sweazy

June 10, 1953 - August 19, 2018

Memorial Services for Joy Sweazy, 65 of Chandler will be held at the Sunrise Shores Community Center in Chandler on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Ms. Sweazy passed away on August 19, 2018 in Tyler, Texas.

Joy Lynn Hoggard Sweazy was born June 10, 1953 in Caraway, Arkansas the daughter of Carl Newton Hoggard and Betty Lou Brown Hoggard.

She was preceded in death by her father and her husband Rickey Wade Sweazy.

Joy is survived by her two loving children, Ginger Plunk and husband Dennis of Athens, Shelly Riddle and husband David of Panama City, Florida; her mother Betty Hoggard of Chandler; brother Wade Hoggard and wife Kathy of Chandler; six grandchildren, Andrea Williams, Hayden Plunk, Jessica Plunk, Blake Riddle, Dakota Riddle, Zane Riddle and four great grandchildren, Airabella Williams, Rickey Williams, Kairi Riddle and Jace Riddle.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Chandler Memorial Funeral Home Family.


Calvin Gene Langford

September 18, 1938 - August 16, 2018

Graveside services for Calvin Gene Langford, 79, of Chandler, are scheduled for Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the DFW National Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Langford passed away August 16, 2018 after a two year battle with esophageal cancer. He was born September 18, 1938 in Upshur County to the late Emmett Langford and Ruby Lee Durst. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1957-1960. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and was affiliated with VFW Post 4376 of Cedar Creek. Calvin loved playing guitars and was a member the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. He owned Concert Records of Dallas and was a regular performer on the Big D Jamboree. He has sang with Elvis and Willie Nelson and had a cherished friendship with Charlie Pride. When he wasn’t playing music, he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his family, Roy Langford and Kimberly of Crockett, Donna Blackerby and Jay of Chandler, Nyanna Flint of Greenville, Larry Linch and Lori of Republic, Washington, Terry Linch and Kathy of Bend, Oregon, Lana Langford of Dallas, Ava Redmond and David of Greenville, Tamra Beckley of Lufkin, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 4-6 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.


Omer Ray Palmer

January 1, 1927 - August 14, 2018

Services for Omer Ray Palmer, 91, of Chandler, are scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Services for Omer Ray Palmer, 91, of Chandler, are scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Wes Bynum officiating. Burial will be in Edom Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Omer Ray Palmer went to be with his Lord and Savior August 14, 2018 in Chandler, Texas after a lengthy illness. He was born on January 1, 1927 in Edom, Texas to Omer Tucker and Sadie Palmer.

Ray is preceded in death by his wife Fairy Palmer, his parents, Omer and Sadie Palmer, brother Shirley Palmer, and sister Mildred Felts.

Ray is survived by son Billy Ray Palmer and wife Lisa of Chandler. Granddaughters, Heather Newman and husband Kyle, Allison Williams and husband Bryce both of Chandler. Great Grandchildren, Ethan, Brooklynn, Londynn Rinehart, Grayson Newman and Paisley Williams all of Chandler. Other Special loved ones Elizabeth Palmer and Lana Riley and children, Alizabeth Mesta, Alivia Agustin, Nicholas Agustin, A’yana Mesta and Abel Zachariah Mesta of Brownsboro. Brothers Bobby Palmer of Bryan and Ronnie (Jackie) Palmer of  Alabama. Sisters  Lavern Levins of Baytown, Kathy Coburn and Betty Phillips of Tyler, Brenda (Jerry Don) Compton of Brownsboro.  Numerous nieces, nephews and other loved ones.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Rinehart, Nicholas Agustin, Roland Salinas, Loyd Green, Ray Seagroves and Phil Ridgel.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 14, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Randall Eugene Stone

January 9, 1938 - August 10, 2018

Services for Randall Eugene Stone, 80, of Chandler, are scheduled for Monday, August 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Kris Emerson officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Randall Eugene Stone born January 9, 1938 in Chandler Tx to Raymond and Gwen Stone. He attended Chandler School, Dixie and graduated from Van High School in 1956.

Randall married Nancy Lee Hanna March 17, 1961 in Mineola TX.  They have 5 children Don, Steve, Sherroll, Bruce and Kim.  His family spent 20 years in the military traveling to each assignment until retiring in 1980 as a Master Sargeant. He was also a Vietnam Veteran.

He attended college in most of the places he lived, Arkansas, Univ. of Philippines, TCU in Ft Worth, Univ of California and back to Tyler where he went back to school to become a Realtor and Broker.  In 1985 he went to work for Farmers Insurance while maintaining his Real Estate License.  He retired after 20 years with Farmers and continued to travel with wife Nancy.

Randall was an active gardener, and loved to fish.  But mostly loved spending time with his family and going to church.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Larry M Stone all of Chandler.

He leaves his wife of 57 years Nancy Stone, children Larry Don Stone of Haltom City, TX, Steve Stone of Paradise, TX, Sherroll Butcher of Chandler, Bruce Stone and wife Jamie of Grand Prairie, TX and Kimberly Nolen and husband Randy Nolen of Chandler.  14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, brothers, a sister and many friends.

Visitation will be Monday, August 13, 2018 from 1-2 PM prior to the service.


Oma Rae Baker

September 16, 1944 - August 6, 2018

Oma Rae Baker, 73, of Tyler was born September 16, 1944 in Houston. She passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018 in a local hospital.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was always available to make a craft or bake some cookies. She was an avid fisherman as well as enjoyed quilting. She was also quite proud of the fact that she was a “Navy Wife”.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Samuel Baker of Brownsboro; her parents, Drue Monroe Foster of Houston and Loree Strahan of Houston; and brother, Drue Foster of Houston.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Charles and Greta Baker of Hamilton, MT; son and daughter-in law Chris and Lori Baker of Henderson; son and daughter-in-law John and Kristina Baker of Arp; grandchildren Charlie(CW) Baker of Hamilton, MT, Abigail(Rose) Baker of Hamilton, MT; Mary Robinson and husband Keith of Henderson, Emma Baker of Henderson, Nykole Furr and husband Jayson of Tyler, Alyx Baker of Tyler, Rebecca Bustos and husband John of Tyler, Austin Baker and wife Kaycee of Carrizo Springs, Zachery Herring of Arp, Emilee Herring of Arp, David Domm of Arp, and Natilee Domm of Arp; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Saturday August 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Gray officiating. Visitation will be Friday, August 10, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chandler Memorial Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. 


Paxton Thomas Sanders

September 10, 2000 - August 2, 2018

Services for Paxton Thomas Sanders, 17, of Brownsboro, are scheduled for Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Rock Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Welch and Rev. Danny Bristow officiating. Burial will be in River Hills Farm Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Paxton passed away August 2, 2018 in Tyler. He was born September 10, 2000 in Shreveport, Louisiana. To know Paxton was to love Paxton, he never met a stranger. His greatest joys were hunting, fishing and his old blue truck. He reveled in telling hunting and fishing tales, even if a little exaggerated. Paxton loved his family and friends fiercely and was an amazing role model for his younger brothers and cousins. His favorite places to enjoy God’s beautiful creations were Lake Greeson and River Hills Farm. He was known to be wise beyond his years, people frequently referred to him as having an “old soul”. Paxton was never afraid to share his faith and would use his love of nature to minister to others. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor. 5:8

He is preceded in death by paternal great grandfather, Albert J. Pumilio; maternal great grandfather, William Neal Williamson, Sr.; paternal step-grandfather, Donald Parmley; and great uncle, Randy Parrish.

Survivors include parents, Chris and Christy Sanders of Brownsboro; brothers, Harley and Tucker Sanders of Brownsboro; paternal grandfather, Bobby Sanders of Shreveport, Louisiana; paternal grandmother, Rosemary Parmley of Brownsboro; maternal grandparents, Tommy and Beverly Williamson of Stonewall, Louisiana; paternal great grandmother, Linda Pumilio of Brownsboro; paternal great grandfather, Tommy Sanders and wife Mary of Shreveport, Louisiana; maternal great grandmother, Bernice Williamson of Stonewall, Louisiana; aunts, Renee Parker and husband Chris of Stonewall, Louisiana; Ginnie Baldridge and husband Blake of Brownsboro, Danielle Wright and husband Daniel of Chandler; uncle, Blayne Sanders and wife Ashley of Brownsboro; cousins, Haley, Kassidy and Lacey Parker; Danton and Deklan Wright; Carson, Sawyer and Sydney Baldridge; and Layton Sanders. He is also survived by a host of great aunts, uncles, extended cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Jake Connor, Gage Connor, J.B. Miller, Hayden Estridge, Wesley Walker, Maguire Parker, Zach Norwood, Steven Messer, Austin McKeever and Hunter Bishop. Honorary pallbearers will be Colby Green, Dylan Washburn, Lane Kirby, Cody Neel, Dylan Bishop, Roger Dorsey, Jared Gayley, Wesley Boles, Tucker Sanders, Harley Sanders, Lucas Hightower, Devin Magil, Landry Waffal and BHS Class of 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to be made to the BHS Fishing Team, P.O. Box 465, Brownsboro, Texas 75756; or, Paxton T. Sanders Memorial Fund to Real Men Outfitters at the First State Bank of Brownsboro or at http://www.realmenoutfitters.com/donations.html

Visitation will be Sunday, August 5th, 2018 from 2-4 PM at the church.


Bob Taylor

June 6, 1933 - August 1, 2018

Services for Bob Taylor, 85, of Chandler, are scheduled for Friday, August 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM at West Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Evans officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Taylor passed away August 1, 2018 in Chandler. He was born June 6, 1933 in Murchison.

He is preceded in death by parents, Ermit and Doris Taylor; sister, Hazel Laza; brother, Joe Taylor; son, Kenneth Wayne Taylor; and daughter, Lisa McDowell.

Survivors include wife, Shirley Taylor of Chandler; son, Steven Taylor and wife Patricia of Scurry; brother, James Morris Taylor and wife Linda of Chandler; sisters, Janie Synatske of Fort Worth, Maudie McCurley of Waco, Marcelene Rorie and husband Mark of Bellavista, Arkansas; nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


Willie "Bill" Ray Snow

December 8, 1924 - July 15, 2018

Willie Ray (Bill) (Big Daddy) Snow, 93, of Chandler, died peacefully on Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was born in Decatur, Texas on December 8, 1924, to parents Learner Everett and Hope Beatrice (Murrell) Snow, with 3 sisters, Wanna, Lavonia and Lorene, and 5 brothers, Alton, Glen, Fletcher, Harley (Bo) and Joe. Bill attended school in Alvord and Gainesville, graduating Gainesville High in 1942. He entered Texas A&M in 1942, and attended until enlisting in the Navy in 1943, where he served during WWII as a radio technician on submarine U.S.S. Flasher in the Southwest Pacific. He married the love of his life, Zelma Ruth Martin on May 6, 1945, then returned to A&M to earn a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, June, 1949. Licensed as a Professional Engineer, he worked for Texas Power & Light Company for 36 years, retiring in 1985 to Lake Tyler East where they lived until moving to Chandler in 1994.

These facts fall short of describing the man we all so loved and admired. Bill Snow epitomized a life well-lived. His priorities never faultered; his values never failed. He was always prepared. His greatest legacy is that of the perfect 72 year marriage to his life-long love, Zelma. Together they raised 4 great kids, and led a life of service to, and enjoyment of others. Their contributions to church, family, community, civic, and individual needs were innumerable. He used his gifts of intelligence, wisdom and kindness, as well as carpentry and other skills to help anywhere there was need. His wit was keen and clever, often catching one by surprise. He enjoyed great love and success and a long and happy life filled with rich relationships and many close friends. He will be remembered with love and great respect by all who knew him.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Zelma, his parents and siblings, Zelma's family, and his great grandson, Braxton Tran. He is survived by his children, Carolyn Ruth West and husband Tim, Joe Ray Snow and wife Laura, Glenda Kay Snow, and Gary Neal Snow and wife Karen. In addition, Zel & Bill cherished 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. He also cherished his many nieces and nephews and greats from both the Snow and Martin families.

The family extends our gratitude to Fannie Wilkerson, Cassandra Dora and the staff of Chandler Nursing Center who provided loving care to both Bill & Zel in their final years, and to FUMC Chandler, where he was a member since 1994.

Memorial services will be Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Chandler under direction of Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Visitaion will be Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.