Raymond L. Williams (“Ray”), 82, died peacefully at his home in Mineola, Texas, Sunday, September 22, 2013 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Funeral services are scheduled for 3:00 pm, Wednesday, September 25 at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola. Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Beaty Funeral Home.
Ray was born on February 20, 1931 in Grand Saline, Texas to the late Cecil Earl Williams and Mary Joslin Williams. Ray graduated from Grand Saline High School and shortly thereafter went to work at A&P Grocery Store in Grand Saline. He began his banking career at 1st National Bank in Grand Saline. In 1962 he started working at Mineola Community Bank (formerly Mineola Federal Savings) and retired in 1995 as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. He served as a director and later as Chairman Emeritus until his death.
Ray also served the community in many areas including past president of the Mineola Lions Club, Mineola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Mineola City Cemetery and Housing Authority and many other local community groups. Ray served as a director for 24 years on the Meredith Foundation assisting fellow directors in countless projects benefiting Mineola. In 1986, Ray was named Mineola Man of the Year.
Ray has spent his entire life involved in music. He was an accomplished guitarist and pianist and performed numerous times with his wife Joanne and family members. Ray attended The First Church of the Nazarene for many years.
Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joanne Williams; two sons, Joe and wife Chris, and Marty and wife Nannette. In addition, he is survived by five grandchildren, Jason Williams, Ryan Williams, Kacie Williams, Maria Williams, and Stephanie Williams; seven great grandchildren, MacKenzie Grantham, Madison Williams, Maecy Williams, Kase Williams, Kamryn Williams, Koley Williams and Caden Haugen. He was preceded in death by his father, C.E. Williams; mother Mary Williams, and brother, James Earl Williams.
Funeral Services for Wayne Rodger White are scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Mineola with Dr. Mark Neeley officiating. Pallbearers are Don Phillips, Harold Phillips, Jerry Phillips, Thomas Williams, Charles Douglas, Jimmy Moats, Gaylor Oxford and John Jackson. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mineola. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20 at Beaty Funeral Home, Mineola from 6 – 8 p.m.
Wayne, age 76, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 in Mineola. He was born on October 21, 1936 in Wolfe City to the late Lowell Wayne and Lila Mozel (Scarborough) White. The family moved to Mineola when his father became a conductor for the Texas & Pacific Railway Co. He played basketball, football, tennis and ran track at Mineola High School. He represented MHS at the state track meet in the mile and the sprint relay. He graduated in 1955.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at East Texas State College, a Masters degree in geography from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon at Eugene in geography. During his student days he developed a love of teaching geography courses which continued throughout his career.
He married Levon Goolsby on April 5, 1958, in Quitman. They lived in Commerce; Lubbock; Austin; Richmond, Kentucky and Monmouth, Oregon.
The Whites were members of Central Baptist Church in Monmouth.
Mr. White was a professor of geography at Eastern Kentucky University at Richmond and Western Oregon University in Monmouth from 1964 – 1997. He also taught computer programming for several years. He was a member of several state and national geographic organizations. Mr. White had worked with the National Geographic Institute. He co-authored and edited several geography textbooks, including Culture, Resource, and Economic Activity; an introduction to economic geography.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Nona White and Sharon White Neely.
He is survived by his wife Levon of Mineola and Monmouth, Oregon; his daughter Shandra Harris of Bend, Oregon; his son Wayne Rodgers White II of Monmouth, Oregon; two grandsons, Andrew Harris and Michael Harris of Bend, Oregon; a sister and brother-in-law Dona Usry (Milton) of Pensacola, Florida; brother-in-law Don Neely and wife Silvia of Alexandria, Louisiana; brother-n-law Leo Goolsby and wife Martinette of Lubbock, Texas; sister-in-law and husband Linda Berry and Ben of Ladonia; sister-in-law LaNell Goolsby of Tyler; brother-in law and wife J.D.Goolsby and Judy of Hinton, Alberta, Canada; an uncle TwymanWhite; an aunt Sue White; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
As an educator, friend and family and church member he influenced many lives. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to your favorite charity or to the First Baptist Church.
Gaetano D’Angelo, age 82 of Mineola, died Friday, September 6, 2013 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on Sunday, September 6, 1931 in Alcamo, Sicily to Giovanni and Maria D’Angelo. Mr. D’Angelo graduated from Bologna University in Italy with a degree in Law. Upon moving to the United States, he graduated from Fordham University, NY with a degree in Secondary language. Mr. D’Angelo went on to receive his Masters Degree in Social Work from NYU. He was a very accomplished fingerprint technician, Entrepreneur, and baker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anna Maria D’Angelo of Mineola, Texas; two sons, John D’Angelo and wife Mary Ann of Charlotte, NC and Carlo D’Angelo and wife Dianna of Mineola; four grandchildren, Ellery and Amedea D’Angelo and Andrew and Gabriella Queipo; great-grandchild, Adrian Queipo.
Visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM with a Rosary following at 8:00 PM on Monday, September 09, 2013 at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Mineola on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM with Father Efren Nano officiating.
Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Mineola.