Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 30, 2006

Obituaries, Dec. 31, 2006


Colleen Patterson

Colleen Patterson of Aley passed away Dec. 27, 2006, in Plano.

Colleen worked as a dietician with Methodist Hospital in Dallas before moving to Aley. She was also a longtime and very active member of Aley United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Patterson, and is survived by her daughters, Sharon Snuffer and husband John Hudson and Cheryl Whitehead and husband Gerald; grandchildren, Christopher Snuffer and wife Tracey, Brandon Snuffer and wife Sheri and Kristen Blair and husband Kyle; great-grandchild, Emma Snuffer; sister, Jesslyn Warren and husband Glen; and many other nieces, nephews, family and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.

Services will be Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Chapel in Kemp with interment to follow at King Cemetery.

Memorials in Colleen’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.



Robert Fulton Penney

ATHENS — Funeral services for Robert Fulton Penney, 88, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens with the Rev. Richard Rodgers and the Rev. Bill Pemberton officiating. A private burial will follow the service at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.

Mr. Penney died at home Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006. He was born Nov. 11, 1918, in Cross Roads to the late Jason and Mary Mabel McGee Penney.

He served in the 11th Army Air Force in World War II and was stationed in Alaska. After the war, he co-owned and operated Red Top Grocery in Athens before a 33-year career with Lone Star Gas Company, from which he retired in 1983. He relocated to Athens after retirement, where he was a member of First Baptist Church and served on the board of deacons.

He lived in Cayuga for 25 years, where he served on the Cayuga ISD school board and served as deacon and music director at Judson Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lera Lane Penney; children, Kenneth Penney and wife Deborah of Huntsville and Karon Bandy and husband John of Athens; grandchildren, Kelli Boyd and husband John of Talty, Andrea Evans and husband Jason of Jewett and Stephen Penney of Huntsville; great-grandsons, Brennan Boyd of Talty and Taylor Evans of Jewett; brother, Clyde Penney of Athens; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will include Bob Baccarini, Sam Bennett, Robert Blush, Bill Campbell, Craig Gartside, Guy Lancaster, Paul Saunders, Kellis White, L.M. Yarbrough and the members of the Men’s Senior Adult 3 Sunday School Class.



William Rowe ‘Bill’ Caldwell

ATHENS — Services for William Rowe “Bill” Caldwell, 81, of Athens were held 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Faulk Landrum and the Rev. Nick Sholars officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Caldwell passed away Dec. 27, 2006, in Tyler following a lengthy illness.

Bill was born Aug. 31, 1925, in Allen, Okla., and grew up in Ada, Okla. Upon graduation from school in Ada, Bill joined the United States Navy, serving during World War II aboard the USS General William Fl. Hase (AP-146). Like many Americans, he took great pride in serving his country.

Mr. Caldwell was associated with J.C. Penny for 45 years. His career began in Ada, Okla., in 1940. Over the years he served in management in multiple stores in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

He and his family moved to Athens in 1962 prior to his opening the J.C. Penney store located in the Park Highland Shopping Center. This store opened with many new lines of merchandise, including an auto center — the second to open in the nation — and a catalog, which was the first to open in Texas. He retired from the company in 1985.

Bill was a member of First United Methodist Church, serving on many committees, including the Administrative Board, Pastor-Parrish Relations and the Building Committee. Caldwell served as an elected member of the Athens ISD school board from 1966 to 1979. During this period, he served two terms as president and had the honor of presenting his three children their Athens High School diplomas.

A longtime member of the Kiwanis Club, Bill served as president in 1975. Additionally, Caldwell served Athens as a board member of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and was honored to be selected Athens “Citizen of the Year” in 1986.

Mr. Caldwell always said that, without a doubt, watching the growth and progress of his grandchildren was first on his list. He believed in his favorite saying, which was, “There are no problems, just opportunities, challenges and situations.” Bill was always positive about what could be accomplished in business, community, church and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Earnest and Eula Whitson Caldwell; and a brother, Robert Earnest Caldwell.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Wanda June Alexander Caldwell; children, Karen Foster and husband Charles of Plano, Kim Caldwell and wife Cynthia of McKinney and Kathryn Davis and husband Barton of Athens; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Amy Foster and daughter Susan of Windermere, Fla., Chris and Carol Foster and son, Thomas, of Manassas, Va., Brad and Amanda Caldwell of Dallas and Heather Davis of Athens; brother, Vittum Caldwell; and wife, Emily, of Tulsa, Okla.

Pallbearers include grandsons Chris Foster and Brad Caldwell, Dr. David Dick, Patrick Wallace, John McDermott and Robert Gentry.

Honorary pallbearers include Neil Hunter, Bill Cleveland, Robert Randall, Wilson Dunnington and Dr. N.D. Geddie Jr.

If desired, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 911, Athens, TX 75751.



Bobby Till

Services for Bobby Till, 75, of Kennedale are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at First Baptist Church in Kennedale. Burial will follow in Emerald Hills Cemetery in Kennedale.

Mr. Till died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at his residence.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Isabell Wilbanks Till, and by two brothers, Clinton and Billy Jack Till. Survivors include two sons, one daughter, five sisters, two brothers, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



Parks Johnson Stallings

Services for Parks Johnson Stallings, 84, of Star Harbor are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at First United Methodist Church in Malakoff with the Rev. Charles Kimble officiating. Mr. Stallings passed away Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Mr. Stallings was born May 22, 1922, in Charlotte, N.C. to Charlie and Susan Stallings.

He and his wife moved to Star Harbor two and a half years ago from their home in Sky Valley, Ga. He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and Korea. He was a Major in the Marine Corps as well as an aviator. He was a fighter pilot instructor during WWII and a fighter pilot during the Korean War.

From 1956 to 1985, he sold insurance in Corpus Christi and in Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla. From 1982 to 2002 he was a real estate broker in Sky Valley, Ga., He was also a member of Lions Club International and The Sertoma Club.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria Glover Stallings, whom he married May 23, 1943, in Houston; his children, daughter and son-in-law Selwyn Dawn and Floyd WIlson of Star Harbor, son and daughter-in-law Parks Johnson Jr. and Martha Stallings of Jacksonville, Fla. and son and daughter-in-law Charles Thomas II and Brenda Stallings of Anderson, S.C.; sister, Lucy Stallings Lisk of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Jack Stallings of Fairbanks, Alaska; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations are humbly requested for Alzheimer’s research. Services are under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home of Malakoff.