Oreader Mack Epps

Oreader Mack Epps, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother departed this life on Friday, June 14, 2024.  She was born in Atlanta, Texas on October 22, 1931, to the parents of Crawford and Dessie Mack. She was a member of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, Texas where she served diligently in the church choir until her health no longer allowed.  Oreader worked for a few years at the Travel Inn and Suites in Atlanta.  Her most notable occupation was being a wife and loving mother.

Services will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, June 22, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Arlistel Maxie, officiating.    Viewing will be held 10:00 am Saturday, June 22 at Shiloh Missionary Church under the direction of Coleman-Atlanta Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, E. W. Epps (Mutt), sons, Phillip Wayne, Bobby Louis, Donnie Ray and James W. Epps, Sr., five brothers and three sisters.

She leaves to cherish her memory, loving and devoted children, sons: Charley (Maria), New Boston, Tx., David Sr., (Jennifer), Ft. Worth, Tx., Phillip Sr. (Janice), Grand Prairie, Tx., Kenneth Sr. (Pamela), Killeen, Tx., and Sammy (Tonia), Arlington, Tx., daughters:  Dessie Mills (Michael), Colonial Heights, VA, and Wilma Muriel (Jeffrey), Fort Worth, Tx., Sister-in Law, Margaret Mack, Amarillo, Tx., Brother in-Laws: David Lewis Epps, Garland Tx., Charles Ray Epps and James Edward Epps, Rowlette, Tx., twenty-eight (28) grandchildren, Forty-five (45) great grandchildren and a host of nieces, (Roxie Mack –devoted) , nephews, cousins, and other relatives, church members and friends.

Internment:  Shiloh Cemetery










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James E. Grigsby


Mr. James E. Grigsby departed his life on May 7, 2024 in Atlanta, Texas. James was born in Atlanta, Texas on September 17, 1945 to the late S.L. Lawson and Noble Grigsby.

James was a 1964 graduate of Pruitt Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Texas, where he played football and ran track. After high school James moved to Pontiac, Michigan.

James was able to secure a job at General Motors Pontiac. A career he kept for fifty years. During his time at Pontiac Motors he was drafted by the United States Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. James served in the army until his Honorable Discharge which allowed him to return to his position at General Motors in Pontiac, Michigan.

James married Edna Grigsby July 17,1977. Edna was his wife of 44 blessed years.

James was preceded in death by his mother S.L. Lawson, father Noble Grigsby, and sister Loretha Tyson.

He is survived by his wife Edna Grigsby, son Anthony Grigsby and daughter Terri Grigsby- Jefferson (Charles), three grandchildren Isaiah, Shelby and Bryce.

He also leaves sister Evelyn Charleston of Atlanta, Texas, sister-in-laws Betty Roberts, Cora Thomas, Agnes Ogletree, Edna Ogletree and Adeila (Dennis) Moseley and a host of nieces and nephews grieving his passing.

James, your kind heart and softly spoken words have left many memories in our hearts. Your dedication to truth and kindness will be a legacy to all who knew you. James, the goodness and mercy of God shined through you and will be missed by all.

Graveside services for James Edward Grigsby 78 will May 23, 2024, at 1:00 P.M. at Onondaga Valley Cemetery, Syracuse, NY


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Harsie Lee Crenshaw

Harsie transitioned from this life on Sunday, April 21, 2024 in Lodi, Texas.   She was born January 27, 1942 to the parentage of the late Mr. Clyde Rainey and Leatrice Crenshaw Rainey in Lodi, Texas.   She confessed Christ as her savior at an early age and served in several capacities at St. John Baptist Church of Kildare, TX until she moved to California.

Services will be held at 11:00 am,  Tuesday, April 30 at  Coleman Atlanta Funeral Home Chapel,  with Rev Charles Darty officiating.    A walk through viewing will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Harsie is preceded in death by her mother, father, her only son, three sisters, and five brothers.

She leaves to cherish her memories, two sisters, Leatrice Rainey of Lodi and Mary Gaither of Amarillo; one brother, Houston Crenshaw (Robbie) of Los Angeles, CA; two grandchildren, Tiffany Horn of Marshall; one great-grand daughter, Emerald Lee Zepeda, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

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Bishop Marvin Odell Campbell

Bishop Marvin Odell Campbell was born March 21,1951 in Domino, Texas to Elbert and Mary Campbell.   Bishop Campbell transitioned from this life Sunday, February 25, 2024 in Texarkana, Texas.  He united with Golden Gate Baptist Church of Domino, Texas at a young age.   He was a graduate of Queen City High School.   He later attended Texarkana College.

Bishop Campbell married Callene Simington on March 18, 1973 in Arkansas at New Hope Baptist Church.   To this union were born four beautiful children.   He retired from the Air Force and retired as Fire Chief from Red River Army Depot.  Marvin truly loved life and spending time with Callene, his kids, and grandkids.  His  hobbies include fishing, gardening, and traveling.   Marvin was a member of Friends of the Park(Cass County) and volunteered at the Christian Food Pantry.

Bishop Campbell was the founder and Pastor of Kingdom Faith Ministries of Domino, Texas.  Prior to that, He pastored New Testament Baptist, Naples, Texas for several years.  The former Mayor of Domino, Texas.   He was also the first Fire Chief in Domino, Texas and the first black Chief  of RRAD.

Services will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00 A.M at Kingdom Faith Ministries, Domino, Texas with Rev. Terrence Campbell, officiating.    Viewing is from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Coleman Atlanta Funeral Home.  Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery, Doddridge,  Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Marvin leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Callene Campbell of Domino, Texas; three sons, Brian Simington (Deadra), of Texarkana, Arkansas, Terrence Campbell (Melinda) of Hallsville, Texas, Torrance Campbell (Stephanie) of Washington, DC; one daughter, Kimberly Lewis (Quinntodd) of Fate, Texas; nineteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, sibling, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.


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Dessie Mae James





Dessie Mae James, age 97, of Bloomburg, Texas, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 16, 2024.  She was born April 7, 1926 in Bloomburg, Texas to the late Harrison and Roberta James.  She was baptized at an early age at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Bloomburg, Texas.  Dessie attended school in Bloomburg and Atlanta, Texas. She lived in Washington, D. C. for several years. While there she was an active and faithful member of Carolina Missionary Baptist Church.  Upon her return to Bloomburg, she immediately reunited with Shady Grove Baptist Church, Bloomburg, Texas. She became active with the choir, a faithful Sunday School member, helped in Vacation Bible School and was a willing worker wherever there was a need. She adored the young members of the Church and was always excited and delighted when they excelled or performed in a task.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Bloomburg, Texas with Rev. Willie Simington, Sr. officiating.  Visitation will be Friday, January 26,  2024, from 3 pm to 5 pm at Coleman-Atlanta Funeral Home.

She leaves to cherish her memory many loving and caring nieces and nephews.


Charlie “Reese” Scott, Virgina “Ann” McCauley, all of Bloomburg, Texas, Linda Young, Vickie Johnson of Texarkana, Texas, Lynda Singleton of Houston, Texas, Carol James, and Stephany Clark of Chicago, Illinois.


Charles Young, Sr. of Texarkana, Texas, General Young, Jr. of Vivian, Louisiana, and Gustria Simon, Sr. of Dallas, Texas.  Several Great Nieces, Nephews and other relatives will share in cherishing her memories and remembering her smile.

Interment:  Olive Branch Cemetery,  Doddridge, Arkansas


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James Christopher Freeman

James Christopher Freeman 35 of Atlanta, Texas passed away October 30, 2023 at a local hospital.   James was born on December 20, 1987 to the parentage of  the late Rev. Jack Freeman and Doris Ann Dickerson.   He attended Free Christian Zion Church, Douglassville, Texas.   James was a graduate of Atlanta High School with the Class of 2006.

James was preceded in death by his parents;  Grandparents, Rev. J.C. Dickerson and Arstine Stephens Dickerson.

A memorial ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Free Christian Zion in Douglassville, Texas. Reverend Vera Brown will officiate the service. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 10, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Coleman-Atlanta funeral home.   Burial will be in Gum Spring Cemetery, Douglassville, TX under the direction of Coleman Atlanta Funeral Home.

James is survived by two daughters, Chartayviea Morgan of Arlington, and Ivyonna Evon Ann Freeman of Denton; Sister, Jacqalyn Freeman of Atlanta; Nephew, Kason Freeman of Atlanta; Two special brothers, DeQuan Mcgraw and Adrian Blaylock; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends



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Virgil Hatley “Buck” Hatley, Jr.

Mr. Virgil Hatley Jr.,87,  was born May 1, 1936 in Douglassville, TX to Virgil Hatley Sr. and Belzora Dickerson.  He was the 7th of ten children.   He accepted Jesus Christ at a young age and joined Gum Spring C.M.E.at a young age and remained a member until his death.

Mr. Virgil Hatley Jr.,known to everyone as Buck, united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Ellawisce Casteel in May of 1980 and to this union one child was born.

On July 25, 2023, early Tuesday morning, God called the roll and Uncle Buck got his wings to that Mansion God prepared for him.

He was preceded in death by his Father, Mother, six brothers, two sisters,and one son.

Services will be held Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Floyd Valley Baptist Church where Pastor Reginald Brown, Pastor and Minister Milton Hatley, officiating.    A walk thru viewing will be held Friday, August 4, 2023 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, at Coleman-Atlanta Funeral Home.

Virgil Hatley Jr., leaves to cherish his memories:

Wife,  Ellawisce Hatley;  One son,  Brian Hatley;  Adopted Son:  Alvan Hatley; one brother,  Welton (Fink) Hatley;  Special & True Friend, Charles Adams.   Seven Grandchildren, Eight Great Grandchildren and a host of Nieces, Nephews and other relatives and friends.


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Demeshia LaShawn Gamble

Demeshia Lashawn Gamble, age 36, departed this side of heaven Sunday, July 16, 2023, at UT Health East Texas Hospital in Tyler, Texas. She was born on August 29, 1986, to Mr. Michael Kelly and Ms. Bernice Gamble in Atlanta, Texas. She was a 2004 graduate of Queen City High School. She was pursuing her dream career of becoming a registered nurse. Demeshia accepted Christ at a young age and attended New Beginning Church of God In Christ in Queen City, Texas.

Demeshia was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She loved and cared for her daughter, An’Tonianna, with all her heart. She really adored her nieces and nephews and loved all her family and friends unconditionally. She knew everyone’s birthday and would be the first to wish you a Happy Birthday, in her sweet, soft voice. Deneshia loved God, her church family and the people of God as a whole. She had great faith and a strong prayer life. She believed that every day was a day of God’s healing, as she fought the good fight of faith, year after year, living with the blood disorder, sickle cell anemia. Through it all she learned to trust God even more.

She lived her life to the fullest. She enjoyed going to church, reading her bible, singing her favorite songs of praise to the Lord and vacation bible school was one of her many favorite things about church. She loved to dance and was the star of the “Gamble Girl’s” dance group in her younger years. She was called the “TikTok dance Queen” in her last days.  She loved to go on road trips with her big cousins. And yes, she loved her Dallas Cowboys too.

Demeshia was preceded in death by both her paternal and maternal grandparents, Mr. Robert and Helena Kelly & Mr. Thomas and Daisy Gamble, and her sister Lametric Gamble.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Thursday, July 27, 2023 at  Enon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Texas with Dr. A.C. Williams officiating, under the direction of Coleman-Atlanta Funeral Home.   There will be a time of visitation from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at Coleman-Atlanta Funeral Home.

She leave to cherish her memory:

Beloved Mother. Bernice Gamble of Domino, Texas

Beloved Father: Michael Kelly (Gail) of Atlanta, Texas

One Beloved Daughter. An’Tonianna Gamble of Domino, Texas

One Beloved Brother. Micheal Gamble, Sr. (Deloria) of Atlanta, Texas

One Beloved Sister. Kennetra Kelly of Waskom, Texas

Three step siblings: Danielle Easter, Micheal Easter, and Latasha Lindsey

Five Nephews: Micheal Gamble, Jr. and Alex Shelton of Atlanta, Texas Kindrick Young, Jr., Ketrick Gamble, Tyrie Holmes of Shreveport, Louisiana

Two Nieces: Amiya Young of Atlanta, Texas and Kailani Holmes of Shreveport, Louisiana

Godmother: Martha Campbell Gardner of Dallas, Texas

Best friend: Stephanie Neal of Texarkana, Texas

Special Cousins (sisters): Tiffany Gamble, La’Kimberly Maxie, KaTonya Ivory, Ra’Shida Johnson, and Shay Kelly.   She also leaves to cherish her memories with a host of aunts, uncles,cousins, and friends.

Internment:   Lanark Cemetery, Queen City Texas


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Sandra Luckey McGraw

Sandra Luckey McGraw, born on February 25,959, in Marietta Tx, entered this world as  the beloved daughter of the late Nellie ( Alrona) Williams and Deward ( Mary) Knox. She completed her education at Atlanta High School in 1977, and later pursued studies at Texarkana College. Sandra’s professional journey led her to become a dedicated healthcare worker, sharing her skills and compassion with those in need. Throughout her vibrant life she actively participated as a value member of Enon first Baptist Church until her health began to decline.

Sandra was preceded in death by her grandparent, her eldest son Decius ” Hawk” McGraw, as well as her sister Lorraine and brother Damon Knox. She is survived by two sons: Broderick ( Tamara) McGraw and Xavier McGraw . Additionally, she is survived by her sisters Tanya, Cassandra ( William),Sharon , Karen ( Richard), and Yolanda along with her brothers David and Tony ( Sonya). Sandra leaves behind four grandchildren KeiAndra, Jadyn, De’ Marcus, and Gavin , as one great – granddaughter named Nova. She is also survived by her aunts Arnita Fields, Bernita Henderson, and her uncles Arnold Luckey and Quincey ( Stacy ) Henderson. One special uncle W.O Richardson, holds a special place in her heart. Sandra’s two special brothers are Larry Blaylock and Edwin Williams, and she cherised the lifelong friendship and sisterhood of Mary Lloyd and Rosette Propps.

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Willie Lee Luckey


Willie Lee Luckey, also known as “Dude” or as his mother affectionately called him, “Doolum”, was born September 11, 1934 to the parentage of the late Oscar Arthur Luckey, Sr. and Maxine Jones Luckey.  He attended Floyd Valley School and Panhandle School where he earned his diploma. He joined the Floyd Valley Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. Willie became a deacon and he remained an avid and active member until his health began to fail. He was also a mason with Sunset Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M.

In 1956, Willie married the love of his life, Velva Lee Collins (Sattiewhite), and to this union 3 children were born. During the early years of marriage, he worked for U-Valley Construction until he was injured. In 1958, he began driving the school bus for Panhandle, then Douglas High. Willie became an Atlanta ISD bus driver during the 1965-66 school year and also worked as one of the mechanics. He first retired in 1989. He came out of retirement to go back and help AISD for several more years before retiring again in 1999.

Willie was the firstborn of nine siblings of whom all are deceased: Vernita Luckey Steger, Theotis Luckey, O.A. Luckey, Jr., Marvin Luckey, Callie Luckey Washington, Gladysdene Luckey, Whalen Luckey, Sr. & Clara Luckey Oliver.

Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Floyd Valley Baptist Church, Marietta, TX. with Pastor  Reginald Bowser, Officiating.  A walk thru viewing will be held March 3, 2023 from 12:00 noon until 6:00 P,M. at Coleman-Atlanta Funeral Home.   Burial will be in Floyd Valley Cemetery under the direction of the funeral home.

He leaves to cherish his memories: 2 daughters: Velma Jean (Crawford) King and Ivory Pearl (Rod) Birmingham, 1 son who stood by his side through thick and thin: Willie Odell. The Apples of his eyes: The Grands – YoShandra Russell, Christy King, Keres Garrett, Sharedan Birmingham, DeCori Birmingham, and Demecia (Trey) Nickleberry. The Great Grands – Caleb King, Kelis Willis, Katelyn Russell, Brynlee Mason, Dawson Birmingham, McKenzie Birmingham, Dillon Birmingham, and Jordan Hodge. 9 sisters in love: Linda Luckey, Betty Luckey, Roberta Luckey, Ella (Virgil) Hatley, Wilma (Greg) Frazier, Ruth (Martin) Harris, Vanessa Cormier, Joyce Streeter and Aretha Streeter, 5 brothers in love: Fealto Oliver, Felton Collins, John L. Collins, Benjamin (Martha) Collins, Sr. and Jerrel (Roxanne) Sattiewhite, 4 Special daughters: Lawanna Haskins, Donna Hurndon, Gwendolyn Anderson, & Doris Casteel, 2 Special sons: Charles & Ricky Casteel. And a host of loved nieces, nephews, family and friends.


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Donald Patrick Ryan


Pastor Donald Patrick Ryan departed this life on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at Christian Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Texarkana, Texas.  Donald Patrick Ryan was born on August 25, 1948 to the late Daniel David Joseph Ryan, Sr. and Annie Tillery in Philadelphia, PA.

Donald received his formal education from Saint Thomas Moore in Philadelphia, PA. He was one of the organizers with Herman Wrice (Young Great Society) a program for at-risk youth in Philadelphia.

Upon moving to Texas, Donald became an entrepreneur. He loved God and spreading the love of God to all people from all walks of life. He was the founder of First Love Community Outreach Ministries of Texarkana, Texas.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, 12 o’clock in the afternoon at Emmanuel Christian Center, 2202 South Stateline Texarkana, Texas,  Reverend Roosevelt Thompson, Pastor, with  Presiding Elder Diana Casteel, Officiating.  A walk thru viewing will be held Friday, January 6, 2023 at Coleman-Atlanta Funeral home from 5:00 p.m. t to 7:00 p.m.

Donald leaves to cherish his memory: his lovely wife of 13 years, Sandra Ryan of Texarkana, Texas; children: Eshu (Tania) Ryan of New Jersey, Daniel Ryan, III of Houston, Texas, Darius Butler of Dallas, Texas, Patience Johnson Golston of Dallas, Texas, DeShawn White of Texarkana, Texas, Ashley (Darnell) Simmons and LaTisha Haire both of Atlanta, Texas.

Siblings: Renee (Ameen) Madyun of San Fernando, California and Daniel“Dannie” Ryan, Jr. of Shreveport, Louisiana.  Grandchildren: Jessica N. Blake, Gabrielle M. Ryan, Eva N. Ryan, Lucy S.Ryan, Ayden Johnson Watson, Kanya, Kinya, and Keimorra Simmons, and Jayda Blaylock

Godchildren: Amarian Thomas, Savanna Leeks, and Kimberly Savage. He leaves many relatives, friends, and loved ones to cherish his precious memory

Final Resting Place
Gum Springs Community Cemetery ~ Douglassville, Texas



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Jimmy R. Neal

Jimmy Roy Neal, 60, of Marietta, Texas went to be with the Lord on October 17, 2023 at his residents. He was  born on April 28, 1962, in Marietta, Texas to J.T. and Era Mae Neal. He was the youngest of their seven children.  His parents, J. T. and Era Mae Neal, precede him in death.  Jimmy was a graduate of Atlanta High School, Class of 1981.  After high school, he worked at Scott Industries and later for Atlanta ISD for several years.  He would later retire from Trax Transportation with more than 12 years of services. Jimmy loved laughing, smiling and spending time with his family and friends.  He was a loving and caring person with a ready-made smile on his face

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 29, 2022,  11 am at Floyd Valley Baptist Church,  Marietta, Texas with Reverend Milton Jones, officiating.

Jimmy left behind his only child, LaToya Neal, 2 sisters, a brother and a host of people who love him and will never forget his memory.


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McErvin Watson

McErvin Watson, 82, of  Marietta, Texas passed away July 28, 2022.  He was born August 14, to Roy and Sylverine Watson.   McErvin graduated from Panhandle High School in Douglassville, Texas.   After graduating from high school, he furthered his education at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.

Services will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Coleman-Atlanta Funeral Home-Chapel, 304 N. Polk Street, Atlanta, Texas at 10:00 A.M. with Minister Reginald Bowser, Officiating.   A walk thru viewing will be Friday, August 5, 2022 from 5:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Survivors include:  Children:   Rickey (Sherry) of Lancaster; Carolyn (James) of DeSoto; Gary (Dwyna) of Douglassville;  Tommy (Madetra) of Arlington; Shaddrick (Angela) of Arlington; and Broddrick (Anneka) Irving; Brother:  William (Esther) of Los Angeles, California; Sister:  Marion (Nummie) of Dallas, Texas; Brother-in-law, Ray McGary; Sisters-in-law, Wanda, Josephine, Diane, Theresa, and Helen.; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.


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