Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000
Joyce Lamerle Smelley Sears
Services for Joyce Sears, 65, of Nashville, Tenn., will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Jay Valley Baptist Church in Longview with Brother Mohan Jahass officiating. Burial will be in Smelley-Crain Cemetery. Arrang ments are by East Texas Funeral Home of Longview. Ms. Sears, a former Longview resident, passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, in a hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Born Sept. 17, 1935, in Harrison County to A.J. Sr. and Opal Smelley, the homemaker was a loving, caring wife, mother and friend to all.
Survivors include her children, Larry Rogers of Longview, Rebecca Ann Pass of Nashville, Tenn., Debbie Hill of Attalia, Ala., Carol DeArmitt of Copperas Cove, Sissy Fitzgerald of Nashville, Tenn., Ernie Sears of Attalla, Ala., and Ree Sears of Nashville, Tenn.; her mother, Opal Wood Smelley of Longview; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her brothers, A.J. Jr., Jack, Derwood, John Paul and David Smelley, and sisters, Ruthann Young, Cathy Howard and Martha Jenkins, all of Longview.
Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. today, Sept. 20, at the funeral home.