Category: Obituaries

Kathryn M. Davis

Kathryn M. Davis, 99, of Fairfield, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in Fairfield. Services were held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Benny Mize and Rev. Mark Miles officiating. Interment followed at Fairfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ben Davis, Charles Kohlmyer, Jim Childs, Robert Sladek, James Miles and Dr. Greg Green. Mrs. Davis was born December 12, 1917 in the Young Community of Freestone County to parents Edgar Gaddis Miles, Sr. and Buena Vista Spencer Miles.  She was a graduate of Fairfield High School and attended Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO.  On July 26, 1941, she married Lee Judson Davis.  On July 26, 2011, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.  Mr. Davis preceded her in death on February 27, 2012.  Mrs. Davis was active in many areas.  She was a member of First Baptist Church where she was active in the WMU.  She was a member of the Freestone County Art League; Fairfield Garden Club; Red Hats; life member of the Fairfield History Club and founding member of the Fairfield Library Association.  She held State office in the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs and until two weeks ago was active and playing in her local Bridge group.  She also was an accomplished water color artist.  In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three brothers and...

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Sharon A. Chancellor

Sharon A. Chancellor, 74, of Fairfield, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Tyler. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Capps Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 10:0 a.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at Capps Memorial Chapel with Rev. Terry Skinner officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Oakwood, TX. Mrs. Chancellor was born December 24, 1942 in Portales, NM to parents Olen Coleman and Tiny Jane Marrs Christopher. She attended public schools in Palestine, TX. Sharon and Billy Chancellor married on February 14, 1987 in Oakwood where they lived for a number of years before moving to Normangee, TX. She had been a resident of Fairfield for 25 years where she retired as office manager of KNES radio station in Fairfield. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Terry Holcomb in 1990 and a sister, Wanda Mitchell. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Billy of Fairfield; four children, Kay Marshall and husband Curtis of Phoenix, AZ; Keith Atchison and wife Misty of Montalba, TX; Cyndi Reeder and husband Danny of Buffalo, TX; Janey Ryder and husband Jeff of Buffalo, TX; eight grandchildren, Dustin Marshall, Josh Holcomb, Shawn Holcomb, Kylee Sandefer, Tarra Reeder, Shelby Read, Bryce Ryder and Kenzie Ryder; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers,...

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Kashton DeJuan Gilley

Kashton DeJuan Gilley, infant son of Destiny and Andre Gilley, of Fairfield, passed away Monday, September 4, 2017 in Dallas, Graveside services were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Avant Cemetery near Teague with Rev. Ed Ridge officiating. Kashton was born Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Mexia. In addition to his parents, Andre and Destiny Gilley of Fairfield he is survived by a sister, Meia Gilley of Fairfield; grandmothers, Tina Gilley of Fairfield and Shona Henderson of Round Rock, TX; great-grandparents, Charles and Sharon Henderson of Kirvin, TX; an uncle, Kelton Henderson of South Carolina and an aunt, Jessie Gilley of Palestine. To view an online obituary, send a personalized sympathy card, or leave the family a personal tribute, please visit our website at

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Joe Allen Red

Joe Allen Red was born August 14, 1934 in Fairfield, Texas to Alice Parker and Lendon Red. Maternal grandparents were Leatha Pittman and W.A. (Watt) Parker. Paternal grandparents were Beatrice and Reuben S. Red. Joe graduated Fairfield High School and received his Masters of Arts degree from Sam Houston University. In September of 1954 he married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Nicholas. His first job as a computing engineer was with Bell Helicopter in 1956. He was there 25 years and became the manager of Scientific and Technical Computing. He was a charter member and officer of the COE and CAMI Computing Organizations. Joe was with Dresser Industries for two years in Dallas and 15 years with General Dynamics Data Systems in Fort Worth. Joe dedicated his life to Christ early in life, was a leader in his church, and a dedicated family man. He willed his body to UT Southwestern Medical Center for the advancement of medical education and research. He is survived by his wife: Bonnie Red; son: Mark Allan Red and wife Dana; daughter: Marian Red; grandchildren: Jordan Red and wife Natasha, Crystal and husband Titus Bagby, Caitlin and husband Payton Simpson; great-grandchildren: Reaghan and Everett Red; brother: Lyle Red and wife Sally; and many precious family and...

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The Reflection of ‘An Amazing Woman’ — Robbie Irene Slaughter Blacknall

Mrs. Robbie Irene Slaughter Blacknall went home to be with the LORD on August 14, 2017 at her home in Grapevine, Texas with her husband and son at her side. Robbie Irene Blacknall was born December 10, 1959, to the parents of Irene Marie Carroll Slaughter and the late Nelson Walter Slaughter Jr. at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada. She confessed her faith to Christ at an early age at New Zion Baptist Church in Fairfield, Texas. In those early years, during the summer months, she attended Old Hickory Boulevard Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee. Robbie was a devoted and cherished member. Robbie and her family were faithful members of Glendale Presbyterian Church where she served as a member of Glendale Voices of Praise. They later attended First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster and when the family moved to Grapevine Robbie served faithfully until her health failed. Robbie graduated in 1978, from Fairfield High School, Fairfield, Texas. She was active in many extra-curricular activities, which included band, student council, and cheerleading. Robbie attended East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, where she excelled academically and earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Education. Soror Robbie Slaughter-Blacknall, Epsilon Sigma, Spring 1979.  Soror Robbie was initiated on the “6 Gems of Serenity,” line on the campus of East Texas State University. After college graduation, Robbie married her college classmate and...

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