Rodney Witcher

Profile Updated: September 1, 2021
Residing In: Teaneck, NJ USA
Spouse/Partner: Debbie
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Occupation: Former Staff Exploration Geophysicist with Shell Oil Co. in Houston, Tx. Retired as General Manager of Lindstrom & King Co., in Paterson, NJ.
Children: Rodney F. Witcher II, born 1980 in Houston, Tx. Marketing & Technical Executive with a social networking More…firm in San Francisco, Ca.

Heather E. Witcher Sweene, born 1984, in Houston, Tx. Educational Consultant with NEWSELA, based in Houston.

Attended the University of Texas at Austin following graduation from John Tyler. Majored in Engineering Science/Physics. Graduated in 1975 with a BS in Engineering. Had worked for Shell Oil Co. every summer in places like Notrees, Tx (far west Tx); spent a summer on a Seismic boat in the Gulf of Mexico, and a final summer in Shell's Exploration office in New Orleans. Shell offered and I accepted a permanent job when I graduated as an Exploration Geophysicist in Houston. Spent almost 25 years with Shell in Oil & Gas Exploration as a Scientist and in Management. Have been as high as almost anyone in a helicopter (over 15,000 ft in Alaska), have seen -60 below zero air temps in N. Dakota/Montana (my crews could work down to -40 below zero and we often did), flown over active volcanoes, and authorized the largest check I am positive I will ever authorize ($72,000,000 to the U.S. govt.) in one of my positions at Shell Oil. Worked/traveled many areas of the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Alaska, and the Caribbean.

Very active in The Univ. of Texas Alumni Association (The Texas-Exes). Was a member of the Board of Directors of the Houston chapter for many years. Helped with the establishment of a local scholarship fund that is now over $2,000,000. Was honored by the University & the Texas-Exes as an Outstanding Young Texas-Ex in 1994. Honored as an Outstanding Black Houstonian in 1992.

Divorced. Blessed with two wonderful children. Both attended the Univ. of Texas as well. Rodney II is married, lives in San Francisco and is an executive with a social networking company there. His wife. Courtney, has just finished her Ph.D in Psychology from Stanford and is a Professor at a college in California. My daughter Heather is an Educational Consultant with the Firm NEWSELA.

Recently retired as General Manager of a manufacturing company in the plastics industry in Paterson New Jersey. My wife Debbie and I are preparing to make the home we have in the Caribbean in the country of Grenada our base in retirement.

Enjoy continual learning, landscape gardening, and working with kids.

School Story:

Activities with the Lion Guard. Trips to San Angelo and San Antonio with the German Club. Mr. Tommy Tomlinson's math classes!

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Debra (Debbie) Ann Yancy Phillips
December 20, 1952 - June 28, 2011


 Memorial services for Debbie Phillips, 59, of Kilgore will be 2 pm Friday, July 1, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Kilgore with Reverend David Hampton officiating.  There will be a private burial prior to the memorial service in Bullard Cemetery.  Mrs. Phillips passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, surrounded by family and loved ones.


Debbie was born December 20, 1952 in Tyler, Texas to Chester and Lavenia Yancy.  She was a 1971 graduate of John Tyler High School, where she was Twirl Major of the Blue Brigade.  Debbie married Glenn D. Phillips three days after her high school graduation on May 29, 1971.  Together they attended Tyler Junior College while Debbie worked for Stephen F. Austin State University as well as Tyler State College.  Debbie earned her court reporting certificate at Alvin Community College.  She and Glenn moved to Kilgore in 1983.  Debbie was a devoted and loving mother, serving many years on the PTA for children which lead her to run for the KISD School Board.  She was a trustee on the school board from 1995 to 2007.  Debbie was a member of the Xi Pi Mu of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, as well as KIBA and Kilgore Garden Club.


She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Judge Glenn D. Phillips of Kilgore; a son, Cheston Glenn Phillips of Kilgore; two daughters, Donna Ann and her husband, Josiah Wood of Plano, Lana Dee Phillips of Dallas; parents, Chester and Lavenia Yancy of New Chapel Hill, Texas; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pam and Ron Horton of Ben Wheeler, Cathy and Donny Davis of Canton, Texas; several nieces and nephews.




Debra (Debbie) Ann Yancy Phillips
December 20, 1952 - June 28, 2011

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Mar 20, 2018 at 11:33 AM

Steven James Roeland


Services for Steven James Roeland, 57, Tyler, are scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Glenwood Church of Christ with Tommy Gilbreath officiating under direction of John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler.

Mr. Roeland died March 26, 2011, in Tyler. He was born Oct. 8, 1953, in Long Beach, Calif. He attended John Tyler High School and Tyler Junior College. He worked at Caldwell Zoo and was a member of Glenwood Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Haydee Roeland, Tyler; daughter, Ruth Roeland, Tyler; and brother, Curtis Roeland, Tyler.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 10, 2011

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Mar 20, 2018 at 11:33 AM

Carl "Sweety" Blair


Funeral services for Carl "Sweety" Blair, 59, of Bullard, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at the First Baptist Church, Gresham, with the Rev. Roy Thoene officiating. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Retreat Cemetery, Tyler, under the direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Carl "Sweety" Blair was born Oct. 20, 1952, in New Orleans, to Jimmy Nathaniel and Hazel Blair. He had resided in the Bullard area for the past seven years. He was the owner of Blair's Landscape Maintenance and Construction. He was an avid sportsman and loved all outdoor sports. He was a founding member of Cossack M.C. and a member of the First Baptist Church, Gresham.

Carl "Sweety" Blair went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 12, 2012, at his residence.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Larissa and Chris Hippe of Tyler; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dolores and Ed Johnson, of Tyler, and Madlyn Blair; two grandchildren, Taylor Ann Baker and Jaxson Arlen Hippe, of Tyler; nieces, Amanda Warner, of Granbury and Sabrina Wright; nephews, Chet Johnson of Whitehouse and Mason Wright; numerous cousins and a host of friends.

Pallbearers will be Chris Hippe, Ed Johnson, Mark Zemer, Don Smith, Steve Simmons, John Wise and Chet Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Brad Dovervitch, Earl Swift, Mike Hendrix and Pat Hendrix.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Gresham First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Boren-Conner Funeral Home and Covenant Cremations in Bullard.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 16, 2012
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David Michael Arnett


David Michael Arnett, age 60, of Whitehouse passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at his home. He was born on Nov. 3, 1952, in Rusk to James Charles and Lottie Ruth Childress Arnett; she survives. David received an associate degree from Tyler Junior College. In his free time, he loved to hunt and fish but those who knew David best knew his best times were shared with his loving family.

David is also survived by two brothers, Gary Arnett and Tommy Arnett and wife Debbie, all of Whitehouse; and by numerous nieces, one nephew and other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Arnett will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery under direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home.

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Ann Rowe Tidmore

November 16, 1952August 16, 2012
Obituary of Ann Rowe Tidmore

Ann Rowe Tidmore was born on November 16, 1952 in Corpus Christi and passed away on August 16, 2012 in Tyler. She is survived by her husband, David Tidmore, her parents, Edward and Doris Rowe, her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Dale Nipp, her son, Jeremey Tidmore and his wife Casey and her daughter, Elana Michelle. She has three grandsons, Andrew Myron, Hunter Ray and Matthew David who she loved with all her heart..

Ann was well known for her musical talents and abilities. She was the church pianist or organist at Noonday Baptist Church, Liberty Baptist Church, Woodland Hills Baptist Church and Martin Springs Baptist Church and was famous for her ability to accompany and back up a vocalist. She taught piano in Chandler for 17 years, influencing the lives of dozens of children and adults not only with musical knowledge, but also her faith in Christ and life values.

Ann spent nine years working with the Therapet Program of East Texas and was eventually able to have her own dog, Annie Rose, in the program. She worked at the local area hospitals, rehabilitation centers, the prison at Rusk and numerous functions for disabled children. She was voted Therapet volunteer of the year for 2010. Through this animal assisted therapy program she was able to minister to hundreds of people and make a difference.

Like many people, she had faced discouragement in life, but she decided if you are going to step on me at least let it be a step upward. She walked all the steps of life, never shied away and made each one a step upward. We love her and will miss her.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Chandler with Brother Tom Roebuck and Brother Mike Matlock officiating. Burial was in Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler .

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Roger D. Davidson


Funeral services for Roger D. Davidson, age 59, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Autry Funeral Home chapel, Jacksonville, with Pastor Ben Tally officiating.

Burial will be held at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Ponta.

Mr. Davidson passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Tyler.

He was born July 7, 1953 in Terrell.

Mr. Davidson was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Rusk and was a tool and die maker for GME.

Survivors include his sons, Coty Davidson, of Fallbrook, Calif., and Beau Davidson and wife Molli, of Denver, Colo.; and brother, Larry Davidson and wife Sarah, of Carthage.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 7, 2013

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Jacky M. Wilkins

August 22, 1953February 28, 2015

Memorial services for Jacky M. Wilkins will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home with Stephen Hampton officiating.

Mr. Wilkins was born on August 22, 1953, in Tyler to Marvin Lee and Shirley Parks Wilkins and passed away on February 28, 2015 in Tyler.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Wilkins, of Tyler; mother, Shirley Gibson, of Tyler; sisters, Vickie Steen, of Tyler, Sheryl Hunt, of Tyler; stepchildren, Jeff McClanahan, of Tyler, Becky Barron, of Crandall, Mandy Williams, of Mooringsport, Louisiana; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.


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Terry Jack York


Memorial services for Terry Jack York, 60, Lindale, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Cross Brand Cowboy Church with J.N. Metcalf officiating.

Mr. York died March 4, 2012.

He was born Jan. 15, 1952, in Smith County to the late Jack Brown and Virginia Pruitt York. He was a life-long resident of Smith County and a self-employed electrician with York Electric.

Survivors include daughers of Terry and Carol York, Kelli York Rice and Amy York; daughter of Terry and Letha Minyard York, Jodie York; sons of Terry and Shelley York Poole, Skylar York-Poole and Tristen York-Poole; sisters, Patsy Hansen and Betty Bickerdike; 10 grandchildren; and his wife, Donna Edgar York of Lindale; and stepson, Scott Miller.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 7, 2012

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Mar 19, 2018 at 7:33 PM

Robert A. Temple (7/14/1953 - 9/25/2017)


Funeral service for Robert A. Temple, 64, Tyler, will be 1pm, Saturday at Whitehouse COGIC with Elder N. Caldwell, eulogist. Burial will be in Blackjack Cemetery under the direction of John R. Harmon Undertaking Co. Mr. Temple transitioned September 25, 2017 in Tyler. He was born July 14, 1953 in Tyler.

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Dianne Gardner


Services for Dianne Streetman Gardner, 60, of Chandler, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in the Chapel of Rose Hill Mausoleum with the Rev. Milton Gardner officiating under direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gardner passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013, in Tyler. She was born Sept. 14, 1952, in Crockett to H.M. and Marie Streetman. She moved to Tyler with her parents at a young age and attended Tyler public schools, graduating from John Tyler High School in 1971. She married W.B. "Bill" Gardner and they recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on July 2. They lived in the Tyler area, Oklahoma City, Houston and, prior to retirement in 2008, moved back to Chandler. They were members of Friendly Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, David Streetman.
She is survived by her loving family, husband, W.B "Bill" Gardner; children, Tisha Renee Pelton and her husband Paul, of Chandler, William Brent Gardner and his wife Christiena, of Portland, Ore.,. and James Matthew Gardner and his wife Krystal, of Oklahoma City; three grandchildren, Brittany Pelton, Casey Pelton and Rett Gardner; a brother, Ronnie Streetman; a sister, Phyllis Mullican; and Dianne's beloved pet, Chloe.
Pallbearers will be Charles Gunter, R.C. Luce, Charles Hill, Casey Pelton, Pat Mullican and Craig Nash. Honorary pallbearers are Nolan Smith and Cecil Streetman.
The family will receive friends at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday.
Memorials may be made to the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital in Tyler.

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Jenny Lou Bankhead

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Jenny Lou Bankhead Jenny Lou Bankhead, a Senior Legal Assistant at Baker Hughes Incorporated, died peacefully on Monday, September 17 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was 54. Ms. Bankhead's death followed a three year battle with cancer. Born and raised in Tyler, Texas, Ms. Bankhead graduated from John Tyler High School in 1971. A 1975 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Bankhead was a social worker in the Tyler area during the late 1970s. In 1981, she began a second career as a sales assistant at E.F. Hutton and Company in Austin, Texas, where she worked until becoming an operations manager at Dean Witter Reynolds, Incorporated in 1984. Continuing to pursue her evolving interests, Ms. Bankhead earned a Paralegal Certificate from Southwest Texas State University in 1989. From June 1989 until her death, she worked as a legal assistant for firms in Austin, including Graves, Dougherty, Hearon and Moody, P.C., and in Houston, where she moved in 2000. At Baker Hughes Incorporated, she assisted real estate counsel in providing corporate legal support for global oilfield services. After an extended courtship, she and Paul W. Jones of Austin were united in marriage on June 19, 1993. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. A.J. Bankhead. She is survived by Paul W. Jones, her devoted husband of 14 years; her sisters, Sara Shepherd (Tyler), Judy Bankhead (Arp), Kathy Seitzman (Austin) and Molly Bankhead (Arp); her stepchildren, Amy Kupfer (Austin), Melissa Harris (LaGrange) and Nathan Jones (Kyle) and five grandchildren; her nieces, Rachel Shepherd (San Antonio) and Lyn Shepherd (Houston); and her nephews, Nathan and Adam Seitzman (Austin). A graveside service was held on Saturday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Cathedral in the Pines, with arrangements made by Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler. Pallbearers were her husband Paul W. Jones and members of her family's next generation: Amy Kupfer, Melissa Harris, Nathan Jones, Rachel Shepherd, Lyn Shepherd, Nathan Seitzman, Adam Seitzman and Laura Ramsel. If wished, memorial contributions can be made to The Boys and Girls Clubs of America in Austin, Texas sion.html
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 22, 2007

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Diana F. Conner

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Diana F. Conner Obituary
Diana F. Conner, 60, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Arlington. Graveside service: 1 p.m. Friday in Johnson Station, Arlington. Visitation: The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society. Diana was born Jan. 9, 1953, in Tyler to Joe Berry and Maxine Houston Berry. She was a graduate of UTA with a master's degree in sociology. Diana was a longtime UTA counselor and director of the Education Opportunity Center. She currently worked as a teacher at Kennedale High School and in the counseling office at Tarrant County College. Diana enjoyed helping people. She was a member of Highpoint Church. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors: Husband, Rickey Conner; son, Matthew Conner; and sister, Linda Maxon.
Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 10, 2013

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my daughter heather and myself at my older sister's funeral in Las Angeles, Ca.