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Harmon Eugene Shipper  WA5GWO

1942 - 2010  

Harmon Eugene “Chuck” Shipper, 68, passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2010 in Huffman, Texas.  “Chuck” was born on Sunday, February 22, 1942 to the late Horace and Rosealie Shipper.   

“Chuck” was preceded in death by his dear friend, Ray Spangler. “Chuck” is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Rebecca Shipper; children, Ricky Shipper and wife Cristal of Splendora, TX, Laura Rhodes and husband William of Huffman, TX and Christy Shipper of Huntsville, TX; brothers, Larry Holcomb and wife Joyce, Jerry Holcomb; sisters, Sandy Anderson and husband Craig, Sharon Gratty and husband Wayne; brother-in-law, Bill Hadley and wife Evelyn; grandchildren, Lauren Rhodes, Zachary Rhodes, Melissa Shipper, Haylei Patterson and Tristan Nealis. Numerous other loving family and friends.   

Visitation for “Chuck” will be held at Neal Funeral Home on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Service for “Chuck” will be held at Neal Funeral Home on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm. Interment to follow at Pace Stancil Memorial Garden. Reverend Paul Eaton Officiating. All service arrangements were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home. 

Neal Funeral Home | 200 S. Washington Ave. | Cleveland, TX 77327 | 281-592-2341

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Paul Warren Hollingsworth  AC5PO

  1954 – 2010

Paul Warren Hollingsworth, 56, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. Service: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home in Grand Prairie. Interment: 12:30 p.m. Friday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Survivors: Wife, Deborah Sue Duke Hollingsworth; daughter, Jeanette Renee Hollingsworth Hewabandu; grandson, Aadithya Warren Hewabandu; son-in-law, Lagantha Nuwan Hewabandu; mother, Betty Jo Beaty; sister, Laura Alice Gibson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; niece, Sarah Alexandria Hudler of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nephew, Paul David White of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and niece, Angela Michelle.  

Published in Star-Telegram on

December 9, 2010

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Jerry Don Newcomb KJ5I
August 13, 1945 - September 29, 2010
Place of Birth: Durant, Oklahoma
Place of Death: Denison, Texas


Jerry Don (Sticks) Newcomb, 65, of Denison, Texas passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at the Texoma Medical Center in Denison. He was born on August 13, 1945 in Durant, Oklahoma. Sticks was raised in California and later moved to Madill where he lived most of his life.

He married Emma Orene Dockray on May 17, 1991 in Durant. Sticks moved to Denison where he has lived the past 20 years. He was a member of the amateur Ham Radio Storm Spotter club and he was affiliated with the Baptist faith. Sticks enjoyed watching Nascar, helping with the Red Cross, and the Shriners club.   

He is survived by: 

Wife: Emma Newcomb, Denison, Texas 
Children: Jeffery Newcomb, Van Alstyne, Texas 
Robert Grijalva, Clayton, Oklahoma 
Granddaughter on the way: Harlow Newcomb 
Sisters: Jenny, Billie Faye, Gayle, Annette and Kathy 

Sticks was preceded in death by his parents, 2 children; Jean Elaine and Roger Wayne Lungstrom, 1 grandchild; Jordie 

Graveside Services

Friday October 1, 2010, 2:00 PM at Oakland Cemetery, Oakland, Oklahoma   


From the  Watts Funeral Home 
Madill, OK
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Claude E Sessions, Jr. K5HFY
December 18, 1938 – September 20, 2010


One of our 7290 Taffic Net Members Claude E. Sessions, Jr., K5HFY became a SK on Monday, September 20th, 2010 at theVA Hospital in Houston, TX -- 

Claude was originally licensed in the late 1950's and continuously held the call sign K5HFY.  

Born on December 18, 1938 in Monroe, LA, Claude was raised in a series of natural gas compressor line stations as his father was a site supervisor up and down the pipeline network. 

Claude was a graduate of Durham's Electronics in San Antonio, Texas and pursued a career in radio and television broadcasting.  For some years he was a transmitter engineer for KHTV, Channel 39 (now KIAH-TV Channel 39) in Houston, Texas, retiring after 22 years in 2000.  

He suffered a slip and fall at his residence on March 9th of this year that left him paralyzed with a broken neck and unable to speak with a breathing tube in his throat.

A memorial service was held in Stafford, Texas on Saturday,  September 24th.


Thanks to  John, KK5NU

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Clarence E. "Gene" Lanford WB5HIV

Our friend Gene became a Silent Key on September 9, 2010 after a short illness.  His body was to be cremated and there were no services.  

Gene is survived by his wife, Pat,  and her daughter Jane and husband Gordon of  College Station, TX.  

Gene lived and worked in Southern Louisiana for many years before moving to Atlanta, TX  several years ago.  He passed away in Texarkana, TX.

He was a loyal Net member who will be missed greatly.  



Albert L. Fisher died peacefully June 4, 2010, in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the age of 84. Visitation will be at Cason Monk- Metcalf Funeral Directors in Nacogdoches from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday evening. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2306 Appleby Sand Road, with the Reverend Robert Kobler officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m., after the funeral service, at Brookside Memorial Park, in Houston. 

Albert was born October 27, 1925, in Edinburg, Texas to Alfred Glenn and Lora Black Fisher. Mr. Fisher graduated from Edinburg High School in May of 1943, and worked until the end of World War ll at Moore Field, Mission, Texas in the Radio Repair Shop. In early September 1945, Mr. Fisher moved to Seguin, Texas and attended two years of college at Texas Lutheran College.

Albert and Miss Lois Marie Briesemeister of Seguin were married at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Seguin on June 26, 1948, and Albert was employed at United Gas Corporation in Seguin on December 28, 1948, as a helper in the Service Department. Mr. Fisher's career with United Gas Corporation was at Seguin for one and one-half years; in La Grange, Texas for two and one-half years; in Laredo, Texas for ten years; in Houston for ten and one-half years; and for twelve years in Nacogdoches, as District Operations Manager. Then he returned to Houston as Manager of the Technical Gas Training Center. He retired on November 1, 1987, and then returned to his home in Nacogdoches in August of 1989. 

Albert developed a passion as an amateur radio operator, where he was known as Bert with call sign AC5Z. Albert was a lifetime member of the Nacogdoches Noon-Breakfast Lions Club. Albert also enjoyed the peace and quiet of the many forests in the East Texas area. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

Albert is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Fisher; sister, Dorothy Beck; niece, Karen Beck; and step-mother, Melva Babcock Fisher. 

Albert Fisher is survived by his wife, Lois; his three sons, James, Robert, and John; and daughter, Barbara Gilmore. Albert also has eight grandchildren: Lora Gilmore; David Gilmore and wife, Jessica; Daniel Gilmore and wife, Kate; and Sarah Gilmore, all of Bryan, Texas; Thomas Fisher and Gerald Fisher, both of Beaumont, Texas; and Scott Fisher and Alan Fisher, both of Plano, Texas. Mr. Fisher is survived by two brothers: Steven Fisher and wife, Janet of Teague, Texas; James H. Fisher of Centerville, Texas, sister-in-law, Misako Fisher of Lorton, Va., and Mary Vulchev and husband, Ned of Spanaway, Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons; David Gilmore, Daniel Gilmore, Thomas Fisher, and Gerald Fisher. Honorary pallbearers will be members and former members of the Noon Lions Club of Nacogdoches and Dr. Tom Atchison and Dr. Jerry Wilson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Memorial Fund, 2306 Appleby Sand Road, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961 or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home.  

Published in The Daily Sentinel on June 6, 2010  



James William Roach  W5AYX

The Rev. James William "J.W." Roach, 89, of Chalk Bluff, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Providence Health Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at First Baptist Church of Waco, with Dr. Gary Hearon, the Rev. Worth Hewitt, and Dr. Randall Perry officiating. The Rev. David Bolin will be music director for the service. Burial will follow at Moore Cemetery in Chalk Bluff. Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Blvd.  

 J.W. received his Bachelor's of Science from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, Texas, and did his graduate work at Baylor University. He spent 50 years as an educator and pastor of several churches across the state of Texas, including Texline, Pride, Wells, Splendora, Cleveland, Security, Gholson, Gateway, and Willow Grove. Especially fulfilling to J.W. were the two years he and only five other educators operated the University of Texas pilot program for the education of severely emotionally disturbed students through the Waco Independent School District. He brought an end to his secular career, serving 15 years with the Texas Employment Commission.   

In his first pastorate (Texline), he met and married his wife Joan Parks Roach Sept. 5, 1943. They ministered together for over 66 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed participating in shortwave radio, carrying the call-sign W5AYX. He was a founding member and past president of the Heart of Texas Amateur Radio Club. He enjoyed countless hours participating in passing "traffic messages" around the world for people to their loved ones. He received numerous awards for this service from the American Radio Relay League, the US national organization of Amateur Radio operators.  

Prior to moving to Waco in the mid-50's, he was active in Kiwanis International. J.W. has been a dynamic member of the First Baptist Church of Waco for the past 20 years since his retirement from the full-time ministry. He and Joan were selected Senior Adults of the Year in 2004, and J.W. has faithfully taught Sunday School in the Louis-Edwards class for the last 10 years. His greatest joy has been watching and participating in the lives of his three grandsons, and baptizing them upon their professions of faith.   

He was preceded in death by his mother; father; brothers, Elmer, Frank, Finis; and sister, Gertrude. He is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Marvin and wife, JoEllen Roach; grandsons, Thomas, Matthew, and Nathan Roach, all of Waco; dear in-laws, Herbert and LaDelle Stobbe of Leroy; and nieces, Billie Glover and husband, Carl of Mesquite, Nev., Carolyn Thomas and husband, George of Georgetown, Texas, Denise Haynes of Pampa, Texas, Debra Githens of Hinton, Okla.; and numerous cousins. Pallbearers will be Dale Connally, Kent McKern, Bob Herndon, Lynn Parks, Ralph Lee, and Andy Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Herbert Stobbe, Hilton Havis, Glen Hall, and E.K. McClain. 

Special thanks to Drs. William "Billy" Pitts Jr. and Charles "Dutch" Schultz III, and their nurse Andrea for their compassionate care these many years. Thanks to First Baptist Church Sunday School classes A3 and A6 for their love and support. Thanks also to the "Angels" of the CHF clinic, giving over and above.   

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Friends for Life, and First Baptist Preschool Development Center. The online Guest Book is available at August 7, 1920 - January 27, 2010 Sign the Guest Book at


Oak Crest 
4520 Bosque
Waco, TX 

Published in Waco Tribune-Herald from January 28 to January 29, 2010    

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Jerry Don "Sticks" Newcomb  KJ5I  DENISON –

Graveside services for Jerry Don “Sticks” Newcomb, 65-year-old Denison resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Oakland Cemetery in Oakland, Okla.

Mr. Newcomb died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. Lyndol Adams will officiate. 

He is survived by his wife, Emma Newcomb; sons, Jeffery Newcomb of Van Alstyne and Robert Grijalva of Clayton, Okla.; and sisters, Jenny, Billie Faye, Gayle, Annette and Kathy. 

Services are under the direction of Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla. Condolences may be sent to

Published in Herald Democrat 9-30-2010
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