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Aubie Loving

Jan 11, 1943 - Dec 05, 2023

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Lufkin, TX

Funeral services for Aubie L. Loving, 80, of Lufkin will be held Friday, December 8, 2023 at 2:00 p. m. at the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park with Brother Bobby Johnson officiating. Interment will follow the services. Mrs. Loving was born January 11, 1943 in Nacogdoches, Texas to the late Mary Alice (Coutchman) and Marvin Smithhart, and died Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at her residence. Mrs. Loving's favorite thing to do was mowing her yard. She enjoyed Fac...Read More

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Kenneth Simms

Aug 03, 1943 - Feb 21, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

Funeral services for Kenneth Simms, 80, of Lufkin will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bobby Johnson and Brother Mark Youngblood officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow in Gann Cemetery. Mr. Simms was born August 3, 1943 in Lufkin, Texas to the late Mary Ola (Gillikin) and Perry Edward Simms, and died Wednesday, February 21, 2024 in a local hospital. Mr. Simms was a lifetime resident of Lufkin. He served in the U.S. Army and retired as a supervisor from Nacogdoches Sheet Metal following more than 30 years of employment. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and was a hard worker. He enjoyed hunting and mowing his yard, and loved watching old westerns. Mr. Simms was quick-witted, always ready with a joke, and everyone he knew got a nickname. He never said goodbye, only “Later”. Survivors include his wife, Ethel (Phillips) Simms of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Kenny Bridges of Wills Point, Priscilla and Sheldon Mansfield of Dayton, and Cheryl and Elwin Lamon of Lufkin; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; bonus children, Kelvin and Brandy Lamon, and Melanie and T.A. Bazor, all of Lufkin; brother, Coy Simms of Nacogdoches; sister, Connie Goodwin of Lufkin; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kay Simms; son, Kenneth “Will” Simms, Jr.; grandson, Cory Weisinger; brothers, Terry Simms and Jack Simms; and sisters, Sue Nerren and Virginia Kelley. Pallbearers will be Trevor Lamon, Steven Mansfield, Brett Mansfield, Matt Morgan, Willson Simms, Braden Lamon, and Kye Bazor. Honorary pallbearers will be Elwin Lamon, Kelvin Lamon, Kenny Bridges, Sheldon Mansfield, Kyle Bazor, and T.A. Bazor. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be added, and live webcasting of the services may be viewed, at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

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Lester Wayne Rhoden

Oct 18, 1950 - Feb 21, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

Memorial services for Lester Wayne Rhoden, 73, of Lufkin, Texas will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., at the Camp Ruby Cemetery in Livingston, Texas. Mr. Rhoden was born October 18, 1950 in Livingston, Texas and passed away February 21, 2024 in Lufkin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Rhoden and Yvonne (Wiggins) Ermel; and stepfather, Arnie Ermel.He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Rhoden of Lufkin, Texas; daughter, Shelly Rhoden of Houston, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Catherine Heishman of Grand Prairie, Texas; grandsons, Joshua Heishman, Josiah Heishman, and Jonathan Heishman; special friends, Gilbert and Betty Sue Allen, Paul and Rhonda Suarez; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

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Alberto G. Mijares

Mar 22, 1942 - Feb 21, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

Funeral services for Alberto G. Mijares, 81, of Lufkin, will be held Monday, February 26, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at Shafer Funeral Home in Lufkin with Pastor Ricardo Coss officiating. Interment will follow at Largent Cemetery in Hudson. Mr. Mijares was born on March 22, 1942, in San Pedro, Coahuila, Mexico, to Alberto Mijares and Mariana (Gomez) Mijares, and died Wednesday, February 21, 2024, in Lufkin. Mr. Mijares was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Lufkin. His faith and family were the most important to him in his life. Mr. Mijares retired from Texas Foundries after 30 years. He liked to spend time at his store El Milagro, where he enjoyed meeting new people and attending church. Some of his hobbies included studying the bible, cooking for his family, and watching baseball and western movies. Mr. Mijares loved going out to eat with his family and his longtime friend, Ernesto Fernandez. He also loved to take trips to Mexico and visit other family members. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Santa Mijares Ocura of Lufkin; son, Alberto Mijares, Jr. and wife Erica of Lufkin; daughter, Ana Mijares and husband Stephen Abbott of Lufkin; son, Josue Mijares and wife Patricia of Diboll; son, David Mijares of Lufkin; daughter, Maria DeJesus Mijares of Lufkin; grandsons, Josue Mijares II of Diboll, Kane Mijares of Lufkin, Caleb Abbott of Lufkin, Cristian Mijares of Lufkin, and Jacob Abbott of Lufkin; granddaughter, Julianna Mijares and husband Franciscco Velasquez of Longview; great-grandson, Frankie Velasquez of Longview; great-grandson, Lucas Velasquez of Longview; great-granddaughter, Raeleigh Long of Lufkin; brother and sister-in-law, Santos and Florinda Mijares of Eagle Pass; brother, Antonio Mijares of Piedras Negras, Mexico; and sisters-in-law, Zulema Mijares and Maria Luisa Mijares, both of Lufkin. Mr. Mijares was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Saul Mijares and Juan Mijares; sisters, Rosa Lopez, Irene Ramirez, and Consuelo Mijares. Pallbearers will be Alberto Mijares, Jr., Josue Mijares, Josue Mijares II, Kane Mijares, Caleb Abbott, Cristian Mijares, Jacob Abbott, Jordan Hood, and Stephen Abbott. Honorary pallbearers will be David Mijares, Javier Mijares, Roy Medina, and Antonio Mijares. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 25, 2024, at Shafer Funeral Home in Lufkin. Shafer Funeral Home, Lufkin directors. To to the family or in memory of Alberto G. Mijares, please

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Kenneth Wayne Rodgers

Jan 06, 1962 - Feb 17, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

Kenneth Wayne Rodgers left this world Saturday, February 17, 2024 due to health complications. He was very devoted to his family. Kenneth shared a close relationship with his granddaughter October. She chose to say this about her grandfather. "My grandpa was a very good man, and I love him very much. My favorite memory of him that comes to mind that made me look up to him even more than I did was one day I was riding my bike up and down the gravel driveway, and I ended up falling and hurting my knees. I sat on the porch while grandpa went in to gather what he needed to fix me up. He cleaned my knees and put on Band-Aids and told me it is okay to fall down but what counts is that you get up and fix yourself up and try again, just maybe not today those knees look bad. We laughed and that day I looked up to him even more than I already did". He is survived by his mother, Doris Ann Rodgers; daughter, Misty Olson; and granddaughter, October Olson. Also many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is preceded by his father, Jimmie Rodgers, and two sets of grandparents, I.T. And Essie Rodgers, and Odelle and Jimmie Mae Steptoe. He will be missed by many as he was loved by many. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

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Weaver Lockett Rutledge Jr

Mar 16, 1939 - Feb 09, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

Weaver Lockett Rutledge Jr, known affectionately as Weaver or W.L. to his friends and family, embarked on his final journey February 9, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of laughter, adventure, and heartfelt stories as big and wide as the Texas sky.Weaver was the beloved son of the late Weaver Lockett Sr and Elda Hord Rutledge, who instilled in him love of God, family and the value of hard work, a foundation he carried throughout his life. They, along with wife Cindy, sisters Lois Chambers, Jeanette Bullock and Katherine Rutledge are joined in heaven where we are sure he is entertaining them with stories, memories, singing and laughter.He is survived by his eldest sister Lottie Crim and younger brother Carey Rutledge (Peggy).Weaver had an adventurous spirit and was a man of both land and sea. His service in the US Army showcased his love and dedication of country and his careers as a sea captain, commercial fisherman and truck driver embodied his love for travel on the open road and the deep seas. Weaver never shied away from the opportunity to embark on new endeavors. His journey through life was marked by a series of bold uncharted paths, each role allowing him to meet new people and share his infectious humor and zest for life.Those who knew Weaver will fondly remember his larger-than-life personality, love for jokes, pranks and his irrepressible spirit. He was the life of the party and always ready with a tale that could provoke laughter and smiles. In his quieter moments, he expressed his reflective side through writing poetry and capturing the beauty of the world he loved to explore.His legacy and spirit will continue through his family; daughter Kimberly Johnson (Tim), son Weaver Alan Rutledge, son Clay Alexander Rutledge, his treasured grandchildren, Haley Otto (Nate), Grayson Johnson, Rachel Rutledge, and the anticipated arrival of his great-grandchild. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones with hearts full of gratitude for the time shared with him and countless memories that will continue to bring smiles to our faces and inspire laughter for generations to come.Weaver was a man who never saw life as a series of endings, but rather as a collection of beginnings, each more promising than the last. His approach to life was to seize it with both hands, to find the humor in every situation, and to forge bonds that could weather any storm.In the spirit of Weaver’s boundless enthusiasm for life, we do not say goodbye but rest in peace, until we meet again on the shores of eternity with our Lord and Savior. The family will honor and celebrate the remarkable life of Weaver Lockett Rutledge Jr. and his journey through life that was as unique as the man himself. Friends and family are invited to join us on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 1:00pm, at the home of Les and Merideth Chambers.The family would like to thank providers Crystal McCumber, Lindsey Ross, and the staff at Hemphil Care Center for their loving care and unwavering support. A special thank you also to Cris Hubert for all his help, support and trustworthy friendship.

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Jason Wayne Gearhart

Aug 28, 1979 - Feb 17, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

Funeral servcies for Jason Wayne Gearhart, 44, of Lufkin will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Lamar Denby officiating. Interment will follow in Wallace Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Gearhart was born August 28, 1979 in Greensburg, Indiana, and died Saturday, February 17, 2024 in a local hospital. Survivors include his mother, Judy (Slinker) Rice; stepfather, Robert Rice; siblings and spouses, Dianna and Keith Snyder, Joanna Noel, Allen Andrew Gearhart, Evelyn and James Cruz, Sean and Alex Rice, Aaliyah Rice, Brian Gearhart, Angie Edmondson, and Timothy Gearhart; uncle and aunts, Mark and Diane Gearhart, and Louella Hirschauer; dear friends, Momma Hartsfield and Robert Salazar; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Eugene Gearhart; step-grandmother, Evelyn Morris; and uncles, Moe Gearhart and Tim Hatcher. Pallbearers will be Doug Deaton, Terry Carroll, James Cruz, Robert Salazar, Keith Snyder, and Michael Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Sean Rice and Robert Rice. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be added, and live webcasting of the services may be viewed, at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

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Barbara Elaine Trapp Stanley

Oct 12, 1972 - Feb 18, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

Funeral services for Barbara Elaine Trapp Stanley, 51, of Lufkin, will be held Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Shafer Funeral Home in Lufkin with Pastor Jeremy Campbell officiating. Mrs. Stanley was born on October 12, 1972, in Lufkin, Texas, to Landy Leo Trapp Sr. and Martha Jean (Free) Biddle, and died Sunday, February 18, 2024, in Lufkin. Mrs. Stanley was a member of Clawson Assembly of God Church in Lufkin. She enjoyed spending time crafting and listening to music. Mrs. Stanley loved her family especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her beloved dog Bonnie. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cecilie and Cory Akers of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, Shawnda Trapp and Patrick Lee of Lufkin; daughter, Savannah Gantt of Buna, TX; grandson, Owen Arnold of Lufkin; granddaughter, Payson Arnold of Lufkin; grandson, Riot Akers of Lufkin; mother, Martha Biddle of Lufkin; father and wife, Landy Leo Sr. and Ann Trapp of Lufkin; brother and sister-in-law, Landy Leo jr. and Annie Trapp of Cuero, TX; sister and brother-in-law, Leona Kay and Jimmy McShan of Porter, TX; sister, Gaylon Trapp of Lufkin; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley Trapp and Robert Butler of Wells, TX; sister, Jeannie Trapp of Lufkin; sister, LeeAnn Jordan of Wells, TX; brother, Berwyn Russell of Lufkin; sister and brother-in-law, Martha Kay and Andrew Solis of Lufkin; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and David Swearingen of Silsbee, TX; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Donna Williams of Lufkin; brother and sister-in-law, Archie and Sherry Williams of Lufkin; sister, Jackie Tennison of Cushing, TX; brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Leia Williams of Dayton, TX; brother, Billy Jack Williams of Lufkin; and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Trishtan Trapp; first husband, Benji Womack; second husband, Raul Mejia; brother, Tommy Welch; sisters, Pamela Trapp and Kelly McGaughey; close friend, Jason Cornell; grandmothers, Lena “Grany Free” Free and Evelyn Trapp; and grandfathers, R.A. Free, and Landy Lott Trapp. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Shafer Funeral Home. Shafer Funeral Home, Lufkin directors. To to the family or in memory of Barbara Elaine Trapp Stanley, please

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Bobbie Scott

Nov 09, 1956 - Feb 18, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

"Funeral services for Bobbie Scott, 67 of Diboll are scheduled at 4 p.m., on Saturday, February 24, 2024, in the St. Thomas Church. Burial will follow in Forest Haven Cemetery. Ms. Scott died on February 18, 2024, in Lufkin"

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Connie Lynn Heaton Gates

Aug 23, 1951 - Feb 16, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

Connie Lynn Heaton Gates of Allentown, Texas passed away Friday, February 16, 2024 in Lufkin, Texas after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born August 23, 1951 in Lufkin, Texas and was the youngest of 12 children born to the late Sarah Delbert (Dunn) and E.C. Heaton. Connie worked for Lufkin State Supported Living Center and Lufkin ISD as a special needs teachers’ aide. Connie married the love of her life, Kenneth L. Gates, on March 19, 1988. They enjoyed traveling together in their younger years and still enjoyed fishing together on Lake Sam Rayburn. She was also an avid quilter. Connie is survived by her husband of 35 years, Kenneth L. Gates; sisters, Linda Ann Ennis of Allentown and Sarah Massingill of Diboll; brothers, Leon Heaton and wife Gayle and Carl Ray Heaton and wife Mary Frances, all of Allentown. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and loved them dearly especially Lisa Kirkland and Jennifer Heaton-Fanning, who were her special caregivers throughout her illness. Her marriage to Kenneth brought a stepdaughter and her husband, Laura and Mark Hobbs, and a stepson and his wife, Kevin and Kim Gates, into her life as well as five step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Connie was preceded in death by her brothers, Jarvis Heaton, Burl Heaton, Jurl Heaton and Frankie Joe Heaton; as well as sisters, Ima Jean Heaton, Clarcie Rawlinson, and Linnie Heaton; and niece, Sandie Sloan. Cremation is under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home and a private graveside service at Gann Cemetery will be held at a later date. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

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John Wesley Tunnell

Jan 06, 1956 - Feb 15, 2024

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Lufkin, TX

John Wesley Tunnell passed away in Lufkin, Texas on February 15, 2024. He was 68 years old. John’s beloved parents, Ruth Ann and Joe Tunnell preceded him in death. His parents were important in John’s life and the collective life of his family. He is survived by his sister Jo Ann Tunnell Muench and husband Ray Muench; his brother Thomas Rusk (T.R.) Tunnell and wife Debbie Tunnell; nephew Matthew Tunnell and wife Mia Mullins and their sons Finch and Knightley; and, nephew Adam Tunnell and wife Shabnam Rajaei. John is also survived by his ex-wife and lifelong friend, Jackee Cox of Ft. Worth. John’s life serves as a testimonial to his family and friends, the legal community, and to the world. His life was in large part a quest to make the world a better place. His professional role was defender of the underdogs. He worked to make real the vision that the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice. His professional life was dedicated to protecting justice in the courts of Texas. John’s career as a lawyer was enriched by long and careful readings of American history. He gave special attention to the American civil war, the development of American religious movements, and to the “Red Scare” and McCarthyism. John used the lessons of history as a tool to shape and improve the law. In his arguments as a criminal defense attorney, he sought to temper justice with mercy. He saw himself as a contemporary version of Clarence Darrow. John was a voice for reason, justice, and compassion. John’s legal career was varied. He graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1981. Initially he worked with and for his father in Tyler, Texas. They were co-counsel in a civil rights case in defense of a local Sheriff. John subsequently became an Assistant District Attorney in Gregg County, Texas. John was proud of his role as a prosecutor, because he could use his position to secure the dismissal of cases not fully supported by the evidence, and ensure that full disclosures of relevant evidence in his cases were always made prior to trial. After a few years in the DA’s office in Longview, John returned to private practice. During the first years of Ann Richards’ term as Texas Governor, John served as General Counsel to the Texas Secretary of State, John H. Hannah. In that job, John played a key role in drafting a law that set new and higher ethical standards for elected and appointed officials. Following passage of the legislation, John was appointed Interim Director of the newly established Texas Ethics Commission. His job was to write agency rules for enforcement of the new legal standards that would govern agency hearings to be conducted by the first Texas Ethics Commission. He served as the first General Counsel for that Commission. Following John Hannah’s appointment as a federal district judge in the Eastern District of Texas, John accepted the position as Judge Hannah’s first law clerk. In that capacity, John drafted case decisions in both civil and criminal cases. After his clerkship with Judge Hannah, John returned to the private practice of law in Lufkin, Texas. He dedicated most of his time and energy to securing justice for the accused in criminal cases. He was highly regarded for his analytical skills and for his trial work and appellate briefs. John’s friends and family remember John for his wit, his analytical skills, and for his devotion to family. Someone important to us has departed from this world. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Huntington on March 2, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. with a reception at Lone Star Charley’s Restaurant in Lufkin at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Huntington, 458 Hwy 69 South, Huntington , TX, 75949. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com. Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

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