Texarkana Gazette




Tommie Richardson Henderson, age 66, of Texarkana, Texas passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. She was born on March 5, 1957 in Texarkana, AR. She had a love for all animals and her pets were like her children. She loved to spend time on the lake at Narrows where she spent much of her leisure time. Tommie was very meticulous and worked as a bookkeeper/secretary for over 30 years for Gibson Asphalt.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father Doris and Earl Richardson and husband Jerry Henderson.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Mike Richardson and Betty Feir; one nephew Curt Richardson; one niece Tammy Feir Varon; she was especially fond of her stepdaught­er Wendy Kelley and a special friend Kathy Mcmillin. Plus numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will be receiving guests in celebratio­n of her life on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from to 2 to 4 P.M. at East Funeral Home-moores Lane.

Fond memories and expression­s of sympathy may be shared at www.eastfunera­ls. com for the Henderson family.


Patricia Ann Burkhalter, age 72 of New Boston, Texas passed away Saturday, March 11, 2023 at a local hospital. Mrs. Burkhalter was born October 22, 1950 to J.J. (Dimp) and Dorothy Foster in Dekalb, Texas. She was retired From the Special Investigat­ion Services at the FCI in Texarkana, Texas in associatio­n with the DPS and the Bowie County Sheriff Department and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, J.L. and Jackie Foster and one son Philip Burkhalter.

She is survived by her husband Charles Burkhalter of New Boston, Texas, one son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Susan Burris of Redwater, Texas, one sister, Shelia Taylor of Hooks, Texas, three grandchild­ren, Sydney Burris and Grace Burris of Redwater, Texas, Christian Burkhalter of New Boston, Texas and a number of other friends and relatives.

There is no set funeral arrangemen­ts at this time.

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Arrangemen­ts are under the direction of Bates Rolf Funeral Home, New Boston, Texas.



SANTA FE - James Brittenham, 49, of Santa Fe, Texas, passed away on February 8, 2023, after a short battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

He was born in Prescott, Arizona, on September 23, 1973, to Bill and Sherry Brittenham. He grew up in Texarkana, Texas, with his two brothers, surrounded by his grandparen­ts, aunts, uncles and cousins.

James served in the United States Navy as a submariner and worked for Marine Spill Response Corporatio­n for 26 years. He was a gemcutter, lapidarist and avid rockhound who lived for the hunt of finding rocks, crystals, fossils and bones. He loved hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing and all things relating to being out in nature. He was also a true craftsman, who loved woodworkin­g and could fix just about anything.

He is survived by his loving wife, Miki; his daughter, Mackenzie (Chris Yoakum) of Sacramento, California; his son, Zoey (Autumn Dotson) of Kyle, Texas; his dog, Dagmar; his two grandchild­ren, Zion and Porter Yoakum; his mother, Sherry; his two brothers, Jeff (Sheri) and Matt (Hannah); as well as his beloved nephews, niece, aunt and cousins.

He was preceded by his father, Bill Brittenham; his grandparen­ts, Kenneth and Margie Walker.

Memorial services will be held on March 18, 2023, at 11 a.m., at Hayes Funeral Home 10412 Highway 6, Hitchcock, Texas, 77563. Services will be livestream­ed on their website at www.hayesfuner­alhome.com.

Donations may be made to the James Brittenham Earth Science Scholarshi­p Fund with the Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society @ https://gofund.me/ de10d77e


Jean Sanders passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 12th. She had loving constant care by many members of her family.

Jean was born on October 31, 1936 in Cookville, TX, to Esther and JB Andrews. She was preceded in death by her husband James, her only sibling, Bruce, and one grandson, Michael Dewayne Sanders. She is survived by her children and their spouses; Vickie and Frank Foti, Cheryl and Jim Antonelli, Jamie and Gary Martin, Mark and Monica Sanders, Cindy Sanders, Bryan and Buffy Sanders, Kyle and Abby Sanders. She is survived by 13 grandchild­ren; Joshua and Shannon, Brandon, Dustin and Katie, Talia and Andy, Scott and Amanda, Brandy, JD, Bo and Brandi, Lauren and Anthony, Matt and Brittni, John Michael and Torie, Haden, Samuel, Madelyn, and 16 great grandchild­ren; Marley, Maeven, Harley and Wace, Haylon, Tucker, Slyder, Maysun, Wrigley, Jadyn, Dylan, Morgan, Brady, Blaine, Ryker, Brinkli, Lain, Luke, Anna, James Brantley, Turner, Teagan, and Taylor.

Jean, or as many like to call her, Mama Jean, was a well known legend in Maud! She cared for everyone like family. Jean loved children! Along for caring for her own, she cared for 17 children in the area. Mama Jean was a sports fan, she particular­ly enjoyed baseball. She loved to watch the Rangers and during Maud Cardinal games you likely heard her yell, “Send him to the Shed!”. Many enjoyed visiting Jean at the bank in Maud. She stayed busy quilting, baking, and gardening. Even in her later years she enjoyed the outside by watching the hummingbir­ds flutter outside her window. Jean loved to make gifts to share with her loved ones. She was a caring woman who will be missed by so many who were touched by her kindness!

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 15, 2023 in Center Ridge Cemetery, Maud, Texas. There is no set visitation. Local arrangemen­ts are under the direction of Bates Rolf Funeral Home, New Boston, Texas.

Online registrati­on may be made at www.batesrolff­uneralhome.com.


Dorothy Ann Brown, 66, of Texarkana, Arkansas passed away Thursday, March 9, 2023 in Texarkana, Texas. May she rest in peace. Service informatio­n to follow. Honored Service Provider - Mcfadden & Hitchye Funeral Enterprise­s.


Christy Whitehead, age 58, died March 13, 2023. Graveside services are 11:00 AM Friday, March 17, 2023 at Chapelwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 10-11 AM Friday at Chapelwood Funeral Home.



Edward Faulkner (1952-2023) was a long-time Christian. He served God and his community faithfully for 40 years rehabilita­ting the handicappe­d by offering Prosthetic­s a n d Orthotics in Italy, U.S. and Air Force (with a 20 year practice in the Texarkana area).

Ed kept faithful to God and his Christian wife of 45 yrs. She continued in her loving devotion, caring for Ed at home into his final moments on earth, under the direction of Transcend Hospice. Ed’s cremains will be memorializ­ed by his surviving wife Melinda, son David and at the family mausoleum in Govone, Italy by Ed’s brother Peter. In respectful regards, Ed is also survived by his daughterin-law; sisters-in-law; brothersin-law, and many cousins. The Faulkner Family also wants to express gratitude for the neighbors and friends who are sharing their kind attentiven­ess.

Cremation is under the direction of Queen City Funeral Home, in Queen City TX.


Dianne Marie Jamison was born July 9, 1961 in Texarkana, Texas to Doris Smith-ford and raised by her stepfather, the late Johnny Ford, Sr. She departed this life on Friday, March 3, 2023.

Dianne accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Texarkana, Texas. She was a graduate of Texas High School class of 1979 as well as a long-time employee of TISD until her health caused her to retire.

Dianne was preceded in death by her maternal grandparen­ts, Ira and Hazel Smith, uncle, Ira Smith, Jr., aunt, Betty Smith, brother, Norris Smith, and niece, Nakisha Smith.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: mother, Doris Smith-ford of Texarkana, TX; children, Bridget and Brytni Jamison of Texarkana, TX; brothers, Horace (Marilyn) Smith of Texarkana, TX and Johnny Ford, Jr. of Beaumont, TX; sisters, Doris Collins and Vickie Vital of Texarkana, TX; uncles, Jimmie Smith and Willie Smith of Texarkana, TX and Corzine Smith of Hemet, CA; aunts, Mary Owens, Elizabeth Lane and Helen Sanders of Texarkana, TX and Margaret (Wayne) Criner of Menifee, CA; grandsons, Day’jon Jamison and Demetris Jefferson of Texarkana, TX; granddaugh­ters, Ja’niyah Jamison and Karmen Jefferson of Texarkana, TX and the soon-to-be Kamari Marie Jefferson; nieces, Lacresha Collins, Ashley Collins, Tina White, Lakristal Martin (Delariel), Regina White, Aletha Smith and Shalika Dancer of Texarkana, TX and Kyeron Cooksey of Los Angeles, CA; an a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation for Ms. Jamison will be Friday, March 17 from 5 to 7 pm at Haynes Mortuary. Funeral service will be 11 AM Saturday, March 18 at the Oak Street Baptist Church. Online registrati­on is available at www.haynesmort­uary.com.


Sheran Renay Romine, age 60, of Hooks, Texas passed away on Thursday January 19, 2023.

Sheran was born on May 30th, 1962 to Bonnie Jean Romine (Sherman) and Edgar Roy Romine in St. Louis, Missouri. Sheran was a dedicated mother; an active, supportive band mom: and a lover of animals. She is preceded in death by her father and mother.

Sheran is survived by her two sons, Edward Gene Romine and Albert Ray Romine; and one daughter, Opal Renay Romine; and her grandson James David Kessell III.

A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Wake Village, Texas on Saturday, January 28, 2023.


Aida L Cox, age 83, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Wadley Regional Medical Center.

Aida was born March 31, 1939 to Agapito and Maria Jimenez as the first of 5 children in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. In 1959, Aida met, fell in love with and married Chester Cox in a Catholic ceremony. After moving to the Mainland with Chester in 1960, Aida gave birth to 3 children (Chester, Jr. in 1961, Marion in 1962 and Mathew in 1965). Aida and Chester loved each other and remained married for the rest of their lives… over 61 years.

Aida was a stay-at-home Mom until her youngest child started school. Then she started back to school eventually earning a Masters Degree in Education with honors. Aida began her teaching career by substituti­ng at Liberty-eylau, then taught at Ashdown, but most of her teaching career was spent at Fouke ISD. After retiring from teaching, Aida became the owner of Vijito’s Restaurant in Texarkana and worked with her 2 sons until she officially retired in 2006 at the age of 67.

Aida loved to read, learn, teach, fish and travel with her family. In all things, Aida was guided by her faith and unconditio­nal love.

Aida was preceded in death by her husband Chester; her parents; all her siblings except one, her sister, Milda; 2 of her grandchild­ren, Matthew, Jr. and Chloe; and most of her circle of friends her age.

Aida leaves to cherish her memory her children, Chester, Jr., Marion and Matthew; 2 daughters-in-law, Michelle and Pam; 2 granddaugh­ters, Courtney and Corey along with their husbands, Justin and Shane; 3 great-granddaugh­ters, Lyla Faye, Cameryn and Landry; nephews, Anthony and Ramon Jimenez with their wives and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 17, 2023 at Chapelwood Funeral Home in Nash, Texas officiated by Rev. Wallace Edgar. Burial will be at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens under the direction of Chapelwood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Chapelwood Funeral Home.


David L. Williams, age 76, of Texarkana, Arkansas, died March 14, 2023. Funeral services are 2:00 PM Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Chapelwood Funeral Home with visitation starting at 1:00 PM.


Mary Lou Taylor, age 79, of Hooks, Texas, died Thursday, March 16, 2023, in a local care facility.

Mrs. Taylor was born November 23, 1943, in Aspermont, Texas to Ewell and Louise (Clack) Lawrence. She was a woman who wore many hats from catering weddings, to designing floral arrangemen­ts, from being a nurse’s aide to selling burial plans for the funeral home. She loved to cook for the family’s farmhands and was famous for her chicken fried steak.

Whatever she did, she did it with love and a desire to show others the love of Jesus. Her mission in life was to tell everyone about Him. She didn’t leave a person without telling them “Jesus love you”. She had a passion for the prison ministry and was known as THE greeter at her former church, The Gathering. She was a current member of Church on the Rock where she also greeted and shared God’s love.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Rodney “Rod” Taylor, two brothers, EM Lawrence, and Calvin Lawrence and one sister, Eloise Link.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Scottie and Ann Taylor, Susie and William Hoofman, Pam and John Sellers and Pat and Katie Kyer; five grandchild­ren and their spouses, Justin and Brittany Binning, Meagan and Ethan Kennedy, Haley and Cody Cook, Kristin and Tyler Smith, and Heather and Adam Scott; nine great-grandchild­ren; one sister, Jean Williams and one brotherin-law, Ellis Wayne Taylor; along with other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Church on the Rock with Pastor Lanell Miller officiatin­g. Burial will follow in Red Lick Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:007:00 PM Friday at Chapelwood Funeral Home.


Rodney Cannon, 41, Texarkana, TX passed March 1, 2023. Service Friday, March 17, 2023 at 12 PM, Mt. Pisgah Baptist, 1505 Phenie Ave., Texarkana, Texas, Minister Latonya Mcelroy, Eulogist. Under the direction of Jones Stuart.


Willie A. Winfield, 62, of Texarkana, AR, passed March 7, 2023. Visitation March 17, 2023, Jones Stuart Mortuary 3-5PM. Funeral Service March 18, 2023, 2PM, at East Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Memorial Gardens.


Sidney Dwayne Walker, 44, of Ashdown, AR passed March 8, 2023. Visitation March 17, 2023, 5:00-7:00 PM, Jones Stuart. Funeral Service March 18, 2023, Red Oak Grove Church, 12:00 PM.


Neal Phillips passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Services will be 2:00 P.M. March 18, 2023 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb. Visitation will be the evening before.


Visitation for Mrs. Ruby Faye Booth Hickman will be 11am-5pm Friday at the funeral home. Service will be 11am Saturday, March 18 at Williams Memorial COGIC, Nashville. Arrangemen­ts entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home, Inc.


Services for Eldora Abron, 84, of Longview, 1PM Saturday, March 18, 2023, Reederdavi­s Funeral Home, Ore City. Burial, Coffeevill­e Cemetery via Reeder-davis Funeral Home, Ore City. Viewing noon-5pm Friday, March 17, 2023.


Edward A. “Eddie” Mcdowell 45, of Atlanta, Texas died February 27th, 2023. Eddie was born November 6, 1977 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He previously lived and was raised in Texarkana, Arkansas and attended Arkansas High School. He was preceded in death by his father, Glen D. Mcdowell. Survivors include his mother, Johnnie Mcdowell, sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Russell Young, all of Atlanta, Texas. Four children, Kali Mcdowell of Canadian, Texas, Tyler Purifoy of Genoa, Arkansas and one granddaugh­ter of Canadian, Texas. Niece, Emily (Carl) Kosub, nephews Hunter (Brooke) Yarberry of Atlanta, Texas and Alex Cogell of Arlington, Texas, Daniel (Brooke) Young of Queen City, Texas and Aaron (Renee) Young of Smackover, Arkansas and many great nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial will be held in the Ouachita Mountains on the Little Missouri River which was his favorite place to spend time.


COLLIERVIL­LE -Brenda Jean Wiggins, 81, passed February 27, 2023, peacefully at home. She was born on July 6, 1941, in Iuka, Mississipp­i. Brenda was a devoted Christian who loved helping others.

Brenda leaves behind her loving husband of 62 years, Donald Wiggins; sons, Clayton (Stefanie) and Brian (April); grandsons, Jackson and Patrick.

She also leaves behind her brother, John Webb (Lisa), and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at 9:30 am on Friday, March 24, 2023, at Colliervil­le First Baptist Church, 830 New Byhalia Rd, Colliervil­le, TN. The funeral to follow at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to The American Diabetes Associatio­n in Brenda’s honor.


Carolyn Sims passed away Thursday, March 16, 2023. Services will be 3:00 P.M. March 19, 2023 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb. Visitation will be the evening before.


Shawn Ronald Straughan, age 35, of Texarkana, TX, changed a fleeting world for an immortal rest on March 12, 2023. He was born on April 3, 1987, in Houston, TX, to Ronald and Vickie Straughan.

Shawn was an incredibly hard worker, having worked in the oilfield industry for the past eleven years. He spent his free time at home, enjoying his family. He was an avid bass fisherman, always after that “Big One,” and always on the lookout for new lakes to fish in.

Shawn was a decorated war hero who proudly served his country in the Infantry of the United States Army from January 2006 to November 2008, during which time he was awarded many distinguis­hed honors, including a Bronze Star with Valor, the fourth highest military decoration for valor. Among his other military honors were the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievemen­t Medal with Combat Distinguis­hing Device, and a Certificat­e of Achievemen­t for Outstandin­g Performanc­e Operation Iraqi Freedom V.

His family and friends describe Shawn as overly-generous, willing to help anyone in need, a man of his word, and highly intelligen­t. He also knew how to have a good time, had an amazing sense of humor, and his wife and mothers will confirm he was incredibly stubborn!

He instilled in his children a great work ethic. It was important to Shawn that his children learn that they must make sacrifices to get the things they want and need in life. He taught his girls to drive a boat, build a fence, and how to follow instructio­ns to assemble things. And of course, he taught his children to fish.

Shawn is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Straughan; his brother, Gabriel Smith; and numerous brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving alongside Shawn in Iraq.

Shawn is survived by his wife of 10 years, Amanda Straughan, of Texarkana, TX; three beautiful children, Kylee Straughan, Kinslee Straughan, and Kaiden Straughan, of Texarkana, TX; his mother, Vickie Straughan, and her wife, Jill Caten, of Willis, TX; brother, Christophe­r Torres of Avinger, TX; brother, Trevor Caten, of Willis, TX; brother-inlaw, Adam Akers, of Texarkana, TX; two sisters-in-law, Danielle and Caitlynn Roraff, of Texarkana, TX; mother-in-law, Lisa Wilson and her husband, Michael Wilson, of Texarkana, TX; father-in-law, William Akers and his wife, Angela Akers; and a host of other relatives.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Chapelwood Funeral Home in Nash, TX. Interment will be at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens in Nash, TX., under the direction of Chapelwood Funeral Home, Nash, TX.

Visitation will be from 6-8 PM on Monday, March 20, 2023 at the funeral home.

Shawn’s wife, Amanda, and mother, Vickie, have requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Camp Hope in Houston, TX, an organizati­on that supports combat veterans battling PTSD. The link to donate is: https://ptsdusa. org/give-help/. Scroll down the page to a green button that says “Make a Tribute,” to make a onetime donation in Shawn’s honor.

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