Guyle Akridge Jr.
Funeral services for Guyle Akridge, Jr., 89, of Lufkin will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in the Carroway
Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Andy Pittman officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. Mr.
Akridge was born July 11, 1920 in Temple, Texas to the late Bess (Lucas) and Guyle Akridge, Sr., and died Friday, April 30,
2010 at his residence. Mr. Akridge graduated from Temple High School in 1937. He attended East Texas State Teachers
College in Commerce, Texas on a football scholarship where he received a B.S. Degree in 1941 and an M.S. Degree in
1947. Mr. Akridge was a math teacher and line coach at Garland High School from 1941 to 1943. He was a World War II
veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force from May 12, 1943 to February 27, 1946 when he received an Honorable
Discharge. Mr. Akridge was awarded an American Theater Ribbon, an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, a Good Conduct
Medal and a Victory Ribbon. Coach Akridge was an assistant coach at Port Neches High School the school year of
1946-47. He was the line coach and head baseball coach at Navarro Jr. College in Corsicana, Texas from 1947 to 1951.
Coach Akridge came to Lufkin High School in 1951 as P.E. teacher and line coach. In 1952 he started the Lufkin High
School baseball team and was head baseball coach. He remained at these positions until the spring of 1959 when he
became Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Lufkin High School. He served in the position until the spring of 1971
when he retired from coaching and became the Pupil Transportation Director for Lufkin ISD. Coach Akridge worked at this
position until he retired in June 1979. He continued to live in Lufkin until his death. Coach Akridge coached for a total of 38
years. He was selected District Coach of the Year several times in both football and baseball while coaching at Lufkin High
School. Coach Akridge was given a very special honor in 1977 when he was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches
Association Hall of Honor. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas High School Coaches Association for two
years. Coach Akridge also received an Outstanding Coaches award from East Texas State University in 1996 which is
awarded to ex-students who have coached and are retired. Coach Akridge was very pleased when he was placed in the
Lufkin High School Hall of Honor. After retirement, Coach Akridge became involved with men\'d5s softball and became a
devoted softball coach for many years. Coach Akridge was a member of Lufkin\'d5s First Baptist Church from 1951 until the
time of his death. He was a member of the Friendly Sunday school class that he loved and served as class secretary for
many years. Survivors include his very dear wife of 69 years, Athalea Akridge of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and
Tonja Akridge of Lufkin; granddaughters, Lindsey Akridge and Leah Akridge of Lufkin; and very special friends, Bud
Weathers, Bob Hicks and Jim Gray. Pallbearers will be Cecil Roach, W.A. Dempsey, Jim Wright, Steve Hall, Jim Gray and
Ricky Conner. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Weathers, Walter Still, Bob Hicks, Jack Greer, Curtis Keene, the Friendly
Sunday school class of Lufkin\'d5s First Baptist Church, former assistant coaches, and former football, baseball and softball
players. Memorial contributions may be made to Lufkin\'d5s First Baptist Church Building Fund, 106 East Bremond Avenue,
Lufkin, Texas 75901. The family extends special thanks to the caregivers who helped with Coach Akridge\'d5s care. The
family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Memories and
condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.  May 2010
Curtis M. Keene
Funeral services for Curtis M. Keene, 62, of Lufkin, will be held Wednesday, May 12,
2010, at 2 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Reverend Jack
Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. Mr.
Keene was born October 16, 1947, in Alexandria, Louisiana, to the late Jessie (Loftin)
and Cecil Keene. He died Sunday, May 9, 2010 at his residence. Mr. Keene had been
self-employed in auto sales for 46 years. Throughout his life, was very active in softball
and golf. The greatest loves of his life were his sons, Jamie and Ethan, and his
granddaughters. Behind that, was his love for drag racing. Mr. Keene had lived in Lufkin
most of his life. Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Keene of Lufkin; sons, Jamie Keene
and Ethan Keene, both of Lufkin; brother, Michael Keene of Lufkin; and granddaughters,
Hailey Keene and Crystal Huggins, both of Lufkin. Pallbearers will be Dick Lambing,
Dennis Luna, Ray Parker, Greg Strait, Greg Williams and Dee Winston. Honorary
pallbearers are his Pine Valley Raceway friends. The family will welcome friends and
loved ones from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memories and
condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home,
Lufkin, directors.   May 2010
Lufkin High School
Class of '65
Fenner Averitt                                                          Bill Balch                                           Gary Bartee                                                JoAnn Nugent Barton
Clark Brookshire                                             Milton "Sonny" Carrell                         Daphine Lumbley Caywood                                    David Conner
David Cook                                                       Ernie Green                                         Barbara Murphy Hayes                                Phil Hellberg
 Curtis Keene                                                    Steve Langston                                          Damon Martin                                        Ronnie S.McMullen
           William Medford                                                 Judy Petty Montes                                    Judy McLain Cloyd                                          Steve
Mott                                     
Linda Innerarity Nethery                                      Linda Moore O'Connell                                 John Pilcher                                         Olwen Broderick Pilcher
            Becky Johnson                                                Bill Roland                                              Martha Ray Sands                                     Robert Steveson
                                      
                 Andrew Stockman                                               Steve Treadwell                                      Hugh Woolf                                       Teresa Rook Youngblood
                        Carol Zurga                                                      Marcus Barton                                            Jack Dempsey                             Tyson Forrester
   
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Gower, Sandra Redd
SANDRA REDD GOWER, 62, born in
Galveston, TX, passed away 02 06 10
in Cypress, Tx  
in Memorium
Virginia Harrington Peavy   

Graveside services for Virginia Harrington Peavy will be held on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at the Glendale Cemetery, Lufkin, Texas,
under the direction of Gipson Funeral Home. Mrs. Peavy passed away on June 2, 2010 in San Antonio after a lengthy illness. Virginia Harrington
Peavy was born in Mart, Texas, January 29, 1916, to William Edward Harrington and Bettie Campbell Harrington. She grew up and attended public
school in Seguin, Texas and earned a B. S. degree from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She was active in her community throughout
her life. She taught at
Kurth Elementary School for twenty-five years, taught Sunday School and belonged to the
Altar Guild at St. Cyprian\'d5s Episcopal Church and belonged to many patriotic organizations, including National Society Magna Charta Dames,
Sabine Chapter Daughters of the American Colonies, Daughters of the American Revolution, The Ladies of the Thistle, Jamestowne Society,
Daughters of the Republic of Texas, United States Daughters of 1812, Lufkin Genealogical and Historical Society, Friends of Kurth Memorial
Library and the Museum of East Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Peavy, in 1992. She is survived by her daughter, Betty
Peavy LeFlore and husband, John LeFlore of San Antonio; son, Tom Peavy, Jr. and wife, Peggy Peavy of Atlanta, Texas; four granddaughters,
Jeanne LeFlore Tatum and husband, Kelvin Tatum and Katherine LeFlore Smelko and husband, John Smelko of San Antonio, Texas, Elaine
Peavy Zediker and husband, Craig Zediker and Kathryn Peavy Sewell and husband, Gabe Sewell of Little Rock, Arkansas; three
great-granddaughters, Kate Smelko of San Antonio, Texas and Georgia Zediker and Zoe Zediker of Little Rock, Arkansas; nieces, Mary Stripling
Duncan, Leah Lacy, Diane Williams; nephew, Bill Stripling. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kurth Memorial Library, 706 South
Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.
Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com. Gipson Funeral Home; Directors
Funeral services for Marie Handley, 88, of Lufkin will be held Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral
Home Chapel with Dr. Andy Pittman officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. Mrs. Handley
was born July 4, 1922 in Forest Hill, Rapides Parish, Louisiana to the late Lilly (Wynn) and Grover Orr, and died Wednesday,
August 11, 2010 with her family by her side. Mrs. Handley was a longtime Lufkin resident. She and Earl Handley married and
moved to Lufkin in 1943. They were married for 62 years until death did them part. They are together once more. Mrs.
Handley graduated from Forest Hill High School and attended Louisiana State Normal Teacher\'d5s College (now
Northwestern State University), receiving an A.B. in Primary Education. She was a teacher for Lufkin Independent School
District for 36 years, from 1946 until she retired in 1982,
teaching fourth grade at Kurth
Elementary
from 1958 until her retirement. A member of Lufkin\'d5s First Baptist Church for 67 years, she taught the
nine year old Sunday school class for many years. She was a member of the Amity & Joy Sunday school class. Mrs. Handley
loved her Lord, her husband Earl, teaching children, and traveling with Earl and their grandsons in the motor home. She also
loved her azalea bushes. Mrs. Handley is survived by her son, Dr. Ken Handley of Lufkin; grandsons, Christopher Handley of
Lufkin and Craig Handley of Wimberley; nieces, Debbie Mayo of Lufkin and Carolynn Trammel of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma;
nephews, Greg Mayo of Pineville, Louisiana, Steven Mayo of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Michael Hall of Alvin; and
several grandnieces and grandnephews. Surviving in-laws include brother-in-law, Robert Handley and wife Martha of
Woodville, and special sisters-in-law, Ruby Handley Reynolds and JoAnn Handley, both of Lufkin. In addition to her parents,
Mrs. Handley was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Handley; sisters, Maxine Hall and Yvonne Mayo; and niece, Betty
June Hall. Pallbearers will be Ken Gates, Gene Shamburger, Ronnie Pat Durham, Fred McCoy, Larry Sumners and Lee
Friesen. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Karl Krohn, Dr. Agricel Lugo, and friend, Margie Gray. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Earl and Marie Handley Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lufkin\'d5s First Baptist Church,
106 East Bremond Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901. Memories and condolences may be added at
www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors
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